#AceNewsReport – NEW YORK:June.27: A New York flight to Kuwait had to declare an emergency and land in London’s Heathrow airport.
On its way to Kuwait City, the Kuwait Airways flight had to turn back over Germany. The reasons were initially unclear, but there were reports of six passengers aboard flight 118 who appeared to have suffered food poisoning.
Reports indicate that fears over the recent terror attack in Kuwait could have led to the decision to turn the plane around and carry out an emergency landing.
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#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – May 15 – US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will not undermine the security of the Persian Gulf region.
Hagel made the remarks on Wednesday in an opening speech to a conference with his Persian Gulf counterparts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He said Washington is hopeful of progress in the negotiations currently under-way in the Austrian capital Vienna between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States — plus Germany.
“As negotiations progress, I want to assure you of two things,” the Pentagon chief told the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.
“First, these negotiations will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on Iran’s nuclear program.”
#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT – May 12 – Kuwait’s Islamic Affairs Minister Nayef al-Ajmi said Monday that the Gulf state’s ruler has accepted his resignation.
He was earlier accused by a senior US official of promoting jihad in Syria, AFP reported. Local media say Ajmi, who also held the justice ministry portfolio, has quit for health reasons.
In early April he submitted his resignation following accusations by a US official that he had links with jihadists in Syria.
However, at that time it was turned down by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT – April 11 – Kuwait has imposed a news blackout on a probe into reports of a recording in an alleged plot to overthrow the Gulf state’s ruling system, Reuters said.
A case was opened in December after a legal complaint which demanded an investigation into tweets about the alleged recording. The Attorney General ordered that the investigation be made secret and banned publishing any information on “the existence of a tape,” according to KUNA news agency.
All forms of communication were banned from discussing the case because rumours “were damaging to the country’s interests.”
Arabian Business – reported that the topic has featured extensively in local media and prompted a rare statement from the ruler’s office this week, which told people to stop discussing the case in order to preserve national unity.
A major OPEC oil producer and US ally, Kuwait has a lively press and the most open political system in the Gulf Arab region, thanks to its elected parliament. The 50-member assembly can question government ministers and block legislation, while the emir has final say in state affairs.
The Attorney General ordered that the investigation be made secret and banned publishing any information on “the existence of a tape that contains information and statements implicating some people of conspiring to overthrow the ruling system in the country and challenge the rights and authority of his highness the emir,” according to the statement carried by KUNA.
The statement, published late on Thursday, said all forms of communication were banned from discussing the case, including news outlets and social media. Such rumours were damaging to the country’s interests, it said.
It said the prosecutor would inform media about the results of the case once the investigation was over. It came one day after the statement from the emir’s office.http://www.arabianbusiness.com/kuwait-orders-blackout-in-court-case-over-plot-tape-546135.html
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#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT -April 04 – (ALJ) – Kuwaiti police will no longer be able to deport expatriates without interior ministry approval under new laws established after officers expelled thousands over the past year.
The Kuwait Society for Human Rights (KSHR) said the move on Thursday was a “step in the right direction” to protect the rights of the emirate’s 2.7 million expatriates, although it fell short of activists’ calls for an end to all deportations not ordered by the courts.
In April, last year Kuwait made a range of traffic offences punishable by deportation, including driving without a licence, a document impossible for many expats to obtain.
Thousands of people have since been deported on the authority of a senior police officer, but in future all expulsion orders will have to be countersigned by the interior ministry under-secretary.
“The decision is a step`1 in the right direction to improve the situation of immigrant workers who were harmed by oppressive decisions taken in violation of international rights treaties signed by Kuwait,” KSHR chief Khaled al-Ajmi said.
Expatriates make up 69 percent of Kuwait’s 3.9 million population, greatly outnumbering its 1.2 million citizens.
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#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – (Reuters) – Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges on Wednesday following a three-week trial that offered unusually vivid details of the former al Qaeda leader’s actions in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Abu Ghaith, 48, a Kuwait-born Muslim cleric, faces life in prison after a federal court jury in New York convicted him of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support.
Jurors took just over one day to reach a verdict in a courtroom that is blocks from the site of the World Trade Centre destroyed in the hijacked plane attacks nearly 13 years ago.
Abu Ghaith’s court-appointed lawyer, Stanley Cohen, said there were several issues he would raise on appeal.
They include U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan’s decision to bar testimony from Pakistan-born Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man the U.S. government accuses of masterminding the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
“He was stoic, he was at ease,” Cohen said of Abu Ghaith’s reaction to the verdict. “I think he feels that it was impossible under the circumstances to receive a fair trial.”
The judge scheduled September 8 for sentencing.
#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT – March 25 – Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba urged Arab leaders at a summit Tuesday to grant Syria’s vacant Arab League seat to his National Coalition.
Jarba, who was speaking at the opening session of the Arab-League summit in Kuwait, also said the opposition should be given the opportunity to take over Syria’s embassies abroad.
“Reality requires that the Syrian embassies are also handed over to the National Coalition,” Reuters quoted him as saying.
#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT – 24 March – A resumption of peace talks in Geneva between Damascus and the opposition was “out of the question” for the moment, according to the international mediator on Syria.
“A return to Geneva is out of question for the time being because the criteria have not been met,” AFP quoted UN and Arab-League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi as saying in Kuwait on Monday.
A second round of peace negotiations collapsed in Geneva on February 15.
No date for another round of negotiations was set after Brahimi broke off the Geneva2 talks, to give the government and opposition an opportunity to take stock.
#AceWorldNews – The White House has cancelled plans for a meeting later this month between US President Barack Obama and Persian Gulf monarchs in Saudi Arabia based on tensions among US allies in the region, sources told The Wall Street Journal.
The summit was to include leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait.
Diplomats informed of the decision to scuttle the meeting said the cancellation symbolizes the tumultuous political climate in the Middle East.
The US has worked with the GCC on security and economic issues in recent years, but the main points of contention include Syria’s civil war and Iran’s nuclear operations.
In addition, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain withdrew ambassadors from Qatar this month based on its support for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group.
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#AceWorldNews Washington has closed the Syrian embassy and two of its consulates, and has told all Syrian diplomats that they must leave the country, after Damascus decided to call back its mission last week.
Following the announcement that the Syrian Embassy has suspended its provision of consular services, and in consideration of the atrocities the Assad regime has committed against the Syrian people, we have determined it is unacceptable for individuals appointed by that regime to conduct diplomatic or consular operations in the United States,” said a note from the State Department’s special envoy for Syria, Daniel Rubinstein.
As well as its mission in the US capital, Syria also operated two consulates in Troy (Michigan) and Houston.
Syria’s own decision, reported in Middle Eastern media last week, was allegedly provoked by the US, which made it increasingly difficult to obtain accreditation for new diplomats since the internal conflict broke out in 2011.
RT – Reports also claimed that Damascus would follow the same course of action in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, two other countries that have staunchly supported the rebels alongside the US.
#AceWorldNews says Western and Gulf Arab nations have pledged more than $2.4 billion for UN aid efforts in #Syria, Reuters reported. The UN announced appeal last month for $6.5 billion in 2014, the largest in the organization’s history. Kuwait’s ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, promised $500 million in new aid at a donor conference, while the US announced a contribution of $380 million. Qatar and Saudi Arabia pledged $60 million each, the EU pledged $225 million and Britain $165 million. Only around 70 percent of $1.5 billion pledged at a similar meeting last year has reached UN coffers.
#AceWorldNews says US Secretary of State Kerry pledges $380mn in aid to Syria
US Secretary of State John Kerry promised $380 million in additional humanitarian aid to Syria on Wednesday, Reuters reported. “I am… proud to announce today on President Obama’s behalf a new announcement of an additional $380 million in assistance,” Kerry told a donor conference in Kuwait.