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Jun 26, 2013

Insight: Kuwaitis campaign privately to arm Syrian rebels

KUWAIT (Reuters) – At a traditional evening meeting known as a “diwaniya”, Kuwaiti men drop banknotes into a box, opening a campaign to arm up to 12,000 anti-government fighters in Syria. A new Mercedes is parked outside to be auctioned off for cash.

They are Sunni Muslim and mainly Islamist like many Syrian rebels who have been trying for two years to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the minority Alawite sect that is a branch of Shi’ite Islam.

Jun 26, 2013

U.S. says Israeli, Palestinian leaders want peace talks

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian leaders are both committed to reviving peace talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, but he acknowledged that progress on the long-stalled negotiations would be tough.

Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in late 2010 in a dispute over construction of Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land that Palestinians want as part of their future state.

Jun 26, 2013

Kuwaitis campaign privately to arm Syrian rebels

KUWAIT (Reuters) – At a traditional evening meeting known as a “diwaniya”, Kuwaiti men drop banknotes into a box, opening a campaign to arm up to 12,000 anti-government fighters in Syria. A new Mercedes is parked outside to be auctioned off for cash.

They are Sunni Muslim and mainly Islamist like many Syrian rebels who have been trying for two years to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the minority Alawite sect, a branch of Shi’ite Islam. Shi’ites are also a minority in Kuwait.

Jun 20, 2013

Kuwait sets sixth parliamentary election in seven years

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait will hold its sixth parliamentary election in seven years on July 25, a snap vote ordered by its top court after the current assembly was dissolved earlier this week in another sign of political turmoil in the Gulf Arab state.

Almost constant factional infighting and disarray has stalled infrastructure development and held up economic reforms in Kuwait, an important oil producer and U.S. ally.

Jun 16, 2013

Kuwait court dissolves parliament, orders new vote

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s constitutional court dissolved parliament on Sunday and called for fresh elections under a voting system rejected by the opposition, a move that could bring more volatility to a Gulf Arab state hit by extraordinary street protests last year.

Kuwait’s ruler made a televised plea for citizens to accept the changes to the voting rules, asking them to reject “the voices of chaos”.

Jun 16, 2013

Kuwait court orders dissolution of parliament, new elections

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s top court ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday and called for fresh elections, a ruling likely to herald fresh political volatility in the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state.

The Constitutional Court made its ruling after throwing out opposition challenges to changes to the electoral system decreed by the emir, hereditary ruler of the oil-exporting country, head judge Youssef al-Mutawa told reporters.

Jun 12, 2013

Economic, social pressures behind Kuwait crackdown on foreign workers

KUWAIT (Reuters) – The narrow, cracked streets of the district of Jleeb al-Shuyoukh, down the road from Kuwait’s main airport, would normally be bustling with Indian and Bangladeshi workers by late morning, just before the summer sun becomes unbearable.

But since Kuwaiti police launched a series of raids about two months ago, saying they were tracking down illegal laborers, the streets are almost empty and many small businesses have closed their doors, residents say.

May 22, 2013

Feature: Young faces enliven Kuwait’s faded art scene

KUWAIT (Reuters) – After two lacklustre decades, Kuwait is experiencing a quiet revival of an arts scene once known as the most avant garde in the Gulf, thanks to a new generation eager to tackle sensitive issues using cutting-edge art forms.

The artists have been exhibiting works in the graphic arts, photography, animation and fashion in private galleries but also bypassing traditional venues and arts groups – and possible censorship – by showing their work online to reach an audience beyond the 3.7 million people in Kuwait.

May 22, 2013

Young faces enliven Kuwait’s faded art scene

KUWAIT, May 22 (Reuters) – After two lacklustre decades,
Kuwait is experiencing a quiet revival of an arts scene once
known as the most avant garde in the Gulf, thanks to a new
generation eager to tackle sensitive issues using cutting-edge
art forms.

The artists have been exhibiting works in the graphic arts,
photography, animation and fashion in private galleries but also
bypassing traditional venues and arts groups – and possible
censorship – by showing their work online to reach an audience
beyond the 3.7 million people in Kuwait.

May 16, 2013

Kuwait Airways says signs initial deal with Airbus

KUWAIT, May 16 (Reuters) – State-owned Kuwait Airways
said it had signed an initial agreement with Airbus
to buy 25 new aircraft and take an option on 10 more in
the biggest overhaul of its fleet since the 1990 Iraqi invasion.

The order for the new planes would include 15 A320neo
narrowbody jets and 10 of Airbus’s new A350-900 XWB, Chairman
Sami al-Nisf told a news conference on Thursday.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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      2006
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