September 14, 1990 |
After fleeing across the desert to escape the Iraqi army, a recently returned Middle East hostage was mugged in a hotel parking lot. William Longthorne, a 64-year-old mechanical engineer who had been working in Kuwait, said he was robbed Tuesday night by a man with a gun who said he was hungry. Longthorne handed the gunman his $200 wristwatch and reported the robbery to hotel employees, who called police. "It didn't faze me until after it was over," he said.
June 30, 2006 |
Female voters Thursday went to the polls for the first time in Kuwait's parliamentary elections, many delighted to cast their ballots. "It feels like a wedding day," said Salwa Sanoussi, 45, one of the first to arrive at the women's polling station in Dahiya, one of Kuwait's wealthiest areas. She wore black and covered her hair with a matching head scarf. Some women arrived in buses and others stepped out of chauffeur-driven cars.
November 2, 1987 |
Only about 300 citizens have volunteered so far to help defend this rich Persian Gulf sheikdom, which has been hit by three Iranian missiles in a month and has an army of only 12,000 men. Officials asked for volunteers after the missile attacks and a bomb explosion Oct. 24 that wrecked the office of a Pan Am agency.
December 29, 2008 |
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.
February 25, 2003 |
Kuwaiti authorities have arrested three men on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks on U.S. forces in this tiny Persian Gulf nation, the Interior Ministry said Monday. "They were trying to hunt the American army in the highways," said Col. Ahmad Shergawi, a ministry spokesman. The three, all Kuwaitis, were found with weapons and ammunition, the ministry said. A ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the men were arrested Sunday after being watched for some time.
December 26, 1987 |
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 |
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 |
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."
October 31, 2004 |
Interim Iraqi President Ghazi Ajil Yawer arrived here Saturday to press for improved ties and to discuss Baghdad's multibillion-dollar debt to Kuwait. It was the first such visit by an Iraqi president in decades. Official ties have improved between the former foes since President Saddam Hussein was ousted last year, and in June, Kuwait restored diplomatic relations. But outstanding issues remain, including about $15 billion Iraq owes Kuwait.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)