Mar 31, 2015

U.S. leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference

The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year — the organization’s largest appeal yet for the war-ravaged country. Earlier, Kuwait, ...

Lawyer for father of 'Jihadi John' quits the case

Mar 9, 2015

Lawyer for father of 'Jihadi John' quits the case

The Kuwaiti lawyer representing the father of alleged Islamic State group executioner “Jihadi John” said Sunday after filing lawsuits for his client that he has now withdrawn from the case. “I have decided to withdraw from the case for personal reasons,” Salem al-Hashash told ...

'Jihadi John' relatives under watch in Kuwait, local reports say

Mar 1, 2015

'Jihadi John' relatives under watch in Kuwait, local reports say

Kuwaiti authorities are monitoring several relatives of “Jihadi John,” the masked knife-wielding extremist seen in execution videos released by the Islamic State group. A number of relatives of Mohammed Emwazi live and work in the Gulf emirate where he was born, press reports said ...

Australia, South Korea book spots in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Jan 13, 2015

Australia, South Korea book spots in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Now that Australia and South Korea have secured their spots in the Asian Cup quarterfinals, attention has quickly turned to which of the continental heavyweights will top the group. Australia’s 4-0 demolition of Oman in Sydney on Tuesday night ensured both the Socceroos and ...

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Jan 9, 2015

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Tim Cahill sparked an Australian fightback after an early deficit as the hosts beat Kuwait 4-1 in the opening match of the Asian Cup on Friday. A vocal sellout crowd of 25,000 at the Rectangular Stadium, dressed predominantly in Australia’s green and gold colors, ...

Sep 30, 2014

Kuwait revokes citizenship of leading opposition activist

Kuwait revoked the citizenship of a prominent opposition activist Monday, something he said was a political move by a government that has vowed to crack down on people deemed to be undermining state stability. Kuwait-born Saad Al-Ajmi, spokesman of the nationalist opposition Popular Action ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

U.S. ties in gulf at risk as Obama backs off

Sep 12, 2013

U.S. ties in gulf at risk as Obama backs off

The United States risks damaging relations with Persian Gulf states as it warily embraces a Russian initiative for Syria to relinquish its chemical arsenal, analysts say, with Sunni monarchies fearful that the U.S. pullback from military strikes will bolster President Bashar Assad and the ...

Aug 27, 2013

Japan, Kuwait to start dialogue for maritime security

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Monday with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheik Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, to launch a bilateral dialogue among foreign and defense policy officials on ensuring the security of sea lanes that are vital to transporting crude oil. The two leaders also ...