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Kuwaiti Emir undergoes minor surgery

Kuwait's 84-year-old ruler Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has undergone a "successful minor surgery" at a hospital in the US, state news agency Kuna reported on Sunday. Sheikh Sabah, who has ruled the US-allied Gulf

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Qatar emir vows crackdown on inflation, corruption

Qatar will use all available tools to contain inflation while cracking down on corruption and business monopolies, its new ruler said in his first major economic policy speech since taking office. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani,

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Kuwait emir in key US visit next week

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, will visit President Barack Obama in Washington on September 13 to talk about Middle Eastern issues, the White House said on Friday. "The President looks forward to

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Kuwait's emir pardons people jailed for insulting him

Kuwait's ruler said on Tuesday he was pardoning all the people convicted of insulting him, after a year-long crackdown on politically sensitive comments about Gulf Arab state's leadership. Dozens of Kuwaitis have been char

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Kuwaitis go to polls for 6th time since 2006

A boycott by some opposition Islamists and populist politicians may help liberals and independents in Kuwait's election on Saturday, but there are signs voters are flagging as they go to the polls for the sixth time in seven years.

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Kuwait's ruling emir puts diplomacy first

Hours after Qatar's emir abdicated in favour of his son, Kuwait's ruler, in a classic diplomatic gesture, jumped on a plane to Doha to embrace the new young emir in person rather than sending a congratulatory cable as other Gulf Arab lea

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Former Qatari PM replaced as head of sovereign fund

Qatar's former prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani has been replaced as deputy head of the country's powerful sovereign wealth fund in a restructuring move ordered by the country's new emir, the state news agency report

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Smooth Qatar handover rooted in turbulent past

Qatar's outgoing emir wanted to abdicate while he was still able to help his 33-year-old heir consolidate his authority, so ensuring minimal discord inside the royal family.   While no one other than outgoing

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Qatar 'won't take direction in foreign affairs'

Qatar's new emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said on Wednesday the Gulf state would not "take direction" in foreign affairs, supported the sovereignty and integrity of all Arab lands and would seek to diversify the gas-based

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Qatar to appoint new foreign minister

Al Jazeera television website said on Wednesday that Qatar will appoint a new foreign minister to replace veteran diplomat Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani following the accession of a new emir. The satellite channel said that current M

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