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.
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."
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1985 |
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."
April 5, 2003 |
A soldier from the 101st Airborne Division has been charged with murder in a grenade attack on officers' tents in Kuwait that killed two. Ft. Campbell, Ky., officials said Sgt. Asan Akbar was charged under military law with two counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. If convicted, Akbar could face the death penalty, said Dennis Olgin, a retired judge advocate general's corps officer. Akbar was also charged with one count of aggravated arson.
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.