- Kuwait newspapers ordered to close
A Kuwaiti judge orders the temporary closure of two independent newspapers for breaking a news blackout about an alleged plot to topple the emir.
- Kuwait court shuts 2 newspapers over coup articles
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwaiti court has temporarily suspended the publication of two independent newspapers over articles about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government, the official state news agency reported Sunday.
- Kuwait shuts papers for breaking 'coup tape' media blackout
A Kuwaiti judge Sunday ordered two newspapers to close for two weeks for breaking a news blackout on a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup, a legal source told AFP. Kuwait's attorney general ordered a blackout on news relating to the tape, while the royal court has called for calm. The Al-Sabah ruling family has been in power in Kuwait for more than 250 years. But since 2006, Kuwait has been rocked by a series of political disputes between the Sabah-controlled government and MPs, and occasionally between members of the ruling family.
- Kuwait orders 2 newspapers shut over coup articles
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's state news agency says the government has temporarily suspended the publication of two independent newspapers over articles about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government.
- Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan
Turkey's president appeared to rule himself out as a potential future prime minister on Friday, saying a "Putin-Medvedev model" under which he might swap roles with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was not suitable for Turkey. President Abdullah Gul's comments threw open the question of who might succeed Erdogan should he run for the presidency in an August election as expected. Gul had been seen as a potential future prime minister with Erdogan as head of state. Russia's current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev replaced Vladimir Putin as president in 2008, while Putin took over from Medvedev as prime minister.
- Gulf states agree deal to end Qatar tensions
Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Gulf foreign ministers on Thursday agreed on a deal to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, a statement said.
- Kuwait says 'coup plot' video tampered with
Kuwait's prime minister told MPs Tuesday that a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup was "tampered with," parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem said after a secret session. Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah "showed reports by specialised foreign sides affirming without doubt that the audio recordings and the videotapes which they examined had been tampered with and do not represent genuine and reliable copies," Ghanem said. The government informed parliament that it will hand over all the tapes and related documents to the public prosecution, which is currently conducting an investigation, he said. Parliament rejected a proposal to form an investigative panel into the videotape with a landslide majority of 50 members against seven, the speaker said.
- Jordanian detained for throwing shoes at PM
A Jordanian was arrested Monday after throwing his shoes at Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur and five cabinet ministers during a ceremony in the northern city of Jerash, an official said. “The prime minister was talking about the economy, when Mefleh Mahasneh, 65, head of the Jerash countryside society that was attending the event, stood up and told the prime minister: ‘You raised the prices’,” the municipality official told AFP.
- Israel says close to forging new ties across Arab world
By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognize it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday. Amongst the countries he was in contact with were Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Lieberman told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth - the first such disclosure by a senior Israeli official. The two nations swiftly denied the existence of any talks with Israel. Both these states, along with most other Arab nations, have traditionally been highly hostile towards Israel, which has only signed peace deals with two neighbors - Egypt and Jordan.
- Kuwait signs $12 bn oil contracts, tenders others
The Kuwait National Petroleum Company on Sunday signed contracts worth $12 billion (nine billion euros) with three international consortia to upgrade two refineries and invited bids to build a new multi-billion-dollar refinery. State-owned KNPC's chief Mohammed al-Mutairi signed the contracts with the three consortia led by Britain's Petrofac, US Fluor and Japan's JGC Corporation. The cost of the venture -- called the Clean Fuel Project -- is more than $13 billion if smaller preparatory contracts are added, lower than the previous estimated cost of $16.4 billion, project manager Abdullah al-Ajmi told AFP. The current production capacity of the two refineries of Mina Al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah is around 730,000 barrels per day, while the capacity of Kuwait's third refinery at Shuaiba is 200,000 bpd.
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