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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says ‘fighting has set Syria back decades’

Landscape after battle

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Scramble is on for BP shares

Investors across the globe scrambled yesterday for a slice of the 170 million shares in British Petroleum that were offloaded by the Kuwait Investment Office late on Wednesday night.

Market Report: Kuwaitis set to reduce stake in British Petroleum

A huge placing of British Petroleum shares is believed to be under way.

Kuwait plan to sell 170m BP shares

Oil multinationals face unsettling times as investors show their mettle

Costain chaos as fists fly

Costain's second acrimonious extraordinary meeting in two weeks collapsed into chaos yesterday after Newbury by-pass protesters stormed the stage at London's Barbican Centre and engaged an estimated 80 blazered security guards in an angry fist fight.

Weddings take on air of danger

People firing bullets in the air to express joy at weddings had jeopardised aircraft, Kuwait's aviation authority said. "Several civil airplanes had to change their courses," said a letter to the interior ministry. "On October 24 two airplanes, Kuwaiti and American, were exposed to shooting from a wedding in the area south of the airport. Other airplanes have suffered similar incidents ... this could result in catastrophes."

Hundreds of Kuwaitis join campaign for female rights

Kuwait City - Some 300 Kuwaiti men and women yesterday held a rally to demand political rights for women, who have been told they must wait until the next century before they might be allowed to take part in parliamentary elections.

Kuwait to play host to additional US troops

Washington (AP) - Kuwait has agreed to allow additional American troops to be stationed on its territory, the White House said yesterday. A White House spokesman, Mike McCurry, declined to say how many troops would be sent to Iraq's neighbour. "We can confirm that the government of Kuwait is to station our troops there," he said. "I'm not discussing numbers."

Death threat to Christian convert

A KuwaitiI businessman who converted to Christianity could face a "death penalty" after being convicted of apostasy by an Islamic religious court.

Ex-chief sues KIO

The former managing director of the London-based Kuwait Investment Office (KIO) is suing his former employers in the High Court for $60m (pounds 40m) in a case linked to the collapse of its $5bn investment in the Spanish Grupo Torras four years ago.

Gulf minefields expert 'given no safety clothing'

A mine disposal expert was blinded and lost a leg clearing mines following the Gulf war because he was sent to Kuwait with no protective clothing or equipment, the High Court was told yesterday.

Mine expert blinded for 'lack of goggles'

A mine-disposal expert was blinded and lost a leg clearing mines following the Gulf war because he was sent to Kuwait with no protective clothing or equipment, the High Court was told yesterday.

Kuwait holds sell-off inquiry

Head of investment authority under investigation

Islamists raided

Islamists raided

Pilot loses war torture appeal

A former Kuwaiti air force pilot failed in a new attempt yesterday to sue his government in England. The Court of Appeal ruled that Kuwait could plead state immunity although the alleged torture and intimidation broke international law.
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