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Kuwait Emir Dissolves Parliament

Kuwait's emir dissolved parliament Sunday following tensions between lawmakers and the government over a petrol price hike, setting the stage for early elections within two months.

The surprise move came after lawmakers in the oil-rich emirate strongly opposed the government's unilateral hike of petrol prices -- one of a host of austerity measures following a sharp drop in crude revenues.

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Yemen Govt. Team Quits Talks until Rebels Accept Deal

Yemen's government delegation to peace talks left Kuwait on Monday after the rebel side rejected a draft peace plan proposed by the United Nations, its representatives said.

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Kuwait Busts Three IS Cells Plotting Attacks

Kuwaiti security authorities have broken up three Islamic State cells plotting "terror" attacks in the oil-rich Gulf state, the interior ministry said Monday.

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U.N.'s Ban to Push Peace Talks with Yemen Warring Sides

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to meet Sunday with Yemen's warring sides in a bid to push forward peace talks that have made no headway after two months.

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Mistrust Clouds Yemen Peace Talks, Eight Weeks On

Yemen's warring parties are struggling to seal a peace deal as mutual mistrust has overshadowed eight weeks of U.N.-brokered talks in Kuwait that have failed to achieve any major breakthrough.

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Kuwait Jails Three Royals for Insulting Emir

A Kuwait court on Monday sentenced three members of the Al-Sabah ruling family and four others to jail terms for insulting the emir and the judiciary on the Internet.

The court sentenced the three royals and two others to five years each, a sixth man for one year and handed down a 10-year term to a seventh man in absentia.

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Kuwait Emir Urges Yemen Foes to Press on with Peace Talks

Kuwait's emir on Wednesday urged Yemen's warring parties to press ahead with peace talks, a day after the government delegation threatened to pull out of the U.N.-brokered negotiations.

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, whose country is hosting the talks, called on the two sides to continue negotiating to "reach positive results", the official KUNA news agency reported.

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Top Kuwait Court Jails Stateless Activist over Protest

Kuwait's supreme court on Monday upheld a one-year jail sentence against leading stateless rights activist Abdulhakeem al-Fadhli and five others for demonstrating.

The six men were convicted of illegal assembly, defying orders and assaulting police, according to the court ruling which also states they will be deported from the oil-rich Gulf state after serving the jail term.

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Kuwait Emir Urges Yemen Negotiators to Achieve Peace

The Kuwaiti emir met with Yemen's peace negotiators Tuesday and urged them to forge ahead with a peace agreement to end 13 months of war in the impoverished Arab nation.

A source close to the talks in Kuwait City meanwhile said the two sides finally approved a general framework for the talks and were set to start looking into the central issues.

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Report: Kuwait Begins Deporting Businessmen, Media Officials Linked to Hizbullah

Kuwait authorities have started to prepare lists of Hizbullah supporters to prevent their arrival in the country and others in anticipation of their deportation, reported the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper on Thursday.

Security sources from Kuwait's state security general directorate revealed that the names include Lebanese, Syrians and supporters from other nationalities.

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