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December 29, 2008 | TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Kuwait's government on Sunday scrapped a $17.4-billion joint venture with U.S. petrochemical giant Dow Chemical after criticism from lawmakers that could have led to a political crisis in this small, oil-rich state. The Cabinet, in a statement carried by the state-owned Kuwait News Agency, said the venture, known as K-Dow Petrochemicals, was "very risky" in light of the global financial crisis and low oil prices. The move came just days before the Jan. 1 start-up date for the joint venture.
April 24, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
As a child, Michael Hinkle loved tinkering with computers. On visits to the Midwest to see his mother and stepfather, the boy would promise to make their computers work faster. It was only after he left for home in Southern California that the couple would discover that nothing worked. "Everywhere he went, he left a trail of broken computers behind him," his stepfather Bob Jakowinicz said with a laugh. But as Hinkle grew, so did his talent with computers. After high school, he joined the Air Force and was assigned to his unit's Internet and computer networks, winning achievement medals for his work.
December 26, 1987 | From Reuters
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will soon pay an official visit to Kuwait, which resumed diplomatic relations with Cairo last month, Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdel Razak Kandari disclosed. Kandari told reporters Thursday after meeting Mubarak that the Egyptian leader had accepted an invitation from Kuwait's emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah.
August 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Kuwait, a major U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, has banned Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" because it deems the movie insulting to the Saudi Arabian royal family and is critical of America's invasion of Iraq, an official said. "We have a law that prohibits insulting friendly nations, and ties between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are special," said Abdul-Aziz Bou Dastour, cinema and production supervisor at the Information Ministry.
August 3, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Baghdad marked the third anniversary of its invasion of Kuwait with fiery rhetoric declaring the oil-rich emirate part of Iraq. "Kuwait . . . has never been but part of Iraq," said the ruling Baath party newspaper Al Thawra. "Such a fact cannot be obliterated by armed aggression, unilateral resolutions from states or organizations imposed by force and through the American hegemony over the area and the world."
July 8, 1991
The inaccurate charges against me and my efforts to promote democratic reform in Kuwait (Letters to the Editor, July 2) warrant a reply. Some continue to deliberately confuse liberated Kuwait with Iraqi-occupied and terrorized Kuwait, where thousands were murdered and tortured and a whole country was destroyed. It's their way of justifying opposition to Desert Storm. While recent trials in Kuwait are troubling, the situation there is improving due to American pressure (including mine)
November 4, 1985 | From Reuters
Iran said its navy Sunday intercepted a Panamanian-registered ship suspected of carrying cargo to Iraq and ordered it into a southern Iranian port for investigation. The national news agency IRNA said the 9,443-ton Gulf Pioneer, which was heading for Kuwait with a 20-member Filipino crew, was detained near the Strait of Hormuz because it had "suspicious cargo apparently bound for Iraq."
May 12, 1988
Kuwait wants to buy 40 F-18s, the Navy's newest and hottest fighter-bombers, in what would be the first sale of the advanced warplane to an Arab nation, an Administration official told Congress. Assistant Secretary of State Richard W. Murphy disclosed Kuwait's request during testimony before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. The Administration will notify Congress soon of its intention to proceed with the sale, which Congress must approve.
August 15, 1992
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney says we are dispatching 2,400 U.S. soldiers to Kuwait only to demonstrate that we are ready to go on short notice (Aug. 2). He also denies that this is a political move orchestrated by President Bush. I find that impossible to believe. For one thing, the Kuwait campaign began as a United Nations effort, not a unilateral action by the United States. I see no evidence that the U.N. is involved in this latest development. I wait anxiously for Congress to assert itself and for the American people to protest loudly.
September 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The White House said it looked forward to discussing a Kuwaiti proposal to construct an oil refinery in the United States. Sunday, Kuwait's oil minister said his nation might sign a memorandum of understanding in October to build a facility with the capability to refine 200,000 to 250,000 barrels per day. Sheik Ahmed Fahd al Ahmed al Sabah, speaking to reporters in Vienna, did not provide any details. Permit requirements and landowner objections have blocked new U.S.
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