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Mar 13, 2013

Food price rises put restive Egypt on edge

CAIRO, March 13 (Reuters) – YDBWith croissants, baguettes
and bagels spilling off metal trolleys at the bakery where
Mohammed Alif works in central Cairo, food is not scarce, but
profits certainly are.

The Egyptian pound has lost more than 8 percent of its value
against the U.S. dollar since the end of December as concern
deepens about the state of the economy, which is being
undermined by political instability and rioting.

Mar 7, 2013

Bedouin kidnap and quickly release Egypt Exxon boss

CAIRO (Reuters) – Bedouin gunmen in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula seized and briefly held the country boss of U.S. oil major ExxonMobil and his wife on Thursday, in an attack that highlights increasing risks oil firms face across North Africa and the Middle East.

Exxon said Andy Wills, chairman and managing director of its Egypt and Cyprus operations, and his wife were both unhurt.

Feb 13, 2013

After big delays, Kuwait moves ahead on infrastructure

KUWAIT, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Freight trucks trundle down the
dusty, potholed roads of Kuwait’s busiest port, running into
traffic jams as they emerge into the surrounding streets. But
after years of inaction, the government is finally moving to
ease the congestion.

It is pushing ahead with a $2.6 billion plan to build a 36
km (22 mile) causeway, one of the longest in the world,
connecting Shuwaikh port and densely populated southern Kuwait
with the north of the country, near the Iraqi border.

Feb 6, 2013

Arab Spring shows need to tackle graft in military – watchdog

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Governments in North Africa and the Middle East rocked by Arab Spring revolts must listen to citizen demands for accountability by cracking down on corruption in the armed forces, an anti-graft watchdog said on Wednesday.

Defence and security bodies had a significant role in the regional upheaval and should use the momentum of the changes to reform from within, a Transparency International report said.

Jan 31, 2013

Donors meet target of $1.5 billion aid for stricken Syrians: U.N.

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Donor countries have pledged more than $1.5 billion to aid Syrians stricken by civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday after warning that the conflict had wrought a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

In a pointed message for Syria’s leader, Ban told a fund-raising conference that President Bashar al-Assad bore primary responsibility to stop his country’s suffering after nearly two years of conflict that have cost an estimated 60,000 lives.

Jan 30, 2013

Donors meet target of $1.5 bln aid for stricken Syrians -UN

KUWAIT, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Donor countries have pledged more
than $1.5 billion to aid Syrians stricken by civil war, U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday after warning
that the conflict had wrought a catastrophic humanitarian

“Every day Syrians face unrelenting horrors,” Ban told a
donors gathering in Kuwait, including sexual violence, arbitrary
killings and detentions. Sixty-five people were shot dead
execution-style in Aleppo on Tuesday, opposition activists said.

Jan 30, 2013

U.N.’s Ban decries “horrors” in Syria, urges end to war

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Denouncing “unrelenting horrors” in Syria’s war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed on Wednesday for an end to the violence and urged more aid to address a situation he said was catastrophic and worsening by the day.

“How many more people will be killed if the current situation continues?,” Ban said, speaking at a conference of donors in Kuwait called to drum up more pledges of financing for U.N. humanitarian efforts.

Jan 21, 2013

NBK upbeat after “turbulent” year for Kuwaiti banks

KUWAIT, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The outlook for Kuwait’s banks
has improved after a turbulent year thanks to an expected
increase in state infrastructure spending, the head of Gulf
state’s largest lender said.

Ibrahim Dabdoub, group chief executive officer of National
Bank of Kuwait (NBK), said there was cause for
optimism this year as the government adopts a more dynamic
fiscal policy and accelerates spending on mega projects.

Jan 17, 2013

Libya, Egypt make democratic gains in 2012: U.S.-based watchdog

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Countries whose leaders were overthrown in the “Arab Spring” revolts of 2011 mostly made democratic gains in 2012 but the uprisings triggered crackdowns elsewhere in the region, an annual survey of political and civil liberties around the world showed.

Libya improved the political rights of its citizens significantly in 2012 by holding successful elections and Egypt’s progress was described as “modest”, according to Freedom House, a U.S.-based advocate for spreading democracy.

Dec 27, 2012

Kuwait used “excessive force” at demos – rights group

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti security forces appear to have used excessive force to disperse several largely peaceful street protests since October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, citing activists, protesters and witnesses.

Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis have taken to the streets over the past two months to protest changes to voting rules used in a parliamentary election on December 1 that they said would skew the outcome in favour of pro-government candidates.

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