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

Kuwaiti women win first parliamentary seats

Four Kuwaitis have become the first women elected to their nation's parliament, a resounding victory in a conservative Persian Gulf country where the legislature has been men-only for almost half a century.

Score draw: Harris and Kuwaitis settle over Liverpool

Keith Harris, the chairman of City stockbroker Seymour Pierce and the man behind some of the biggest football deals in Britain, is believed to have settled his £300,000 claim with the Al Khorafi family, the Kuwaiti group trying to buy Liverpool Football Club.

Kuwaitis aim to reignite deal to buy into Liverpool

A Kuwaiti takeover of Liverpool looks less than imminent, with differences now emerging between members of the original consortium believed to be involved.

Seymour Pierce seeks £7m in fees for Kuwaitis’ Liverpool take over attempt

Seymour Pierce, the city brokerage run by football financier Keith Harris, could try to claim up to £7m from the Al Khorafi family, should the Kuwaiti group succeed in buying Liverpool Football Club.

Liverpool price tag deters Kuwaitis

A Kuwaiti investment consortium has said there is still a prospect of Liverpool's owners persuading them to buy the club, despite providing the most candid indication yet that Tom Hicks and George Gillett's £500m asking price is way above the odds.

Liverpool sale dealt negotiations blow

The Liverpool owner's attempts to sell the club have been dealt a blow after a Kuwaiti investment consortium interested in buying the club said negotiations were "going really badly".

Liverpool chief to leave 'after power tussle'

Rick Parry, who has announced he will stand down as Liverpool chief executive at the end of the season, knew his future at Anfield was only secure for as long as he maintained the support of Liverpool co-owner George Gillett. Gillett’s business partner at Anfield, Tom Hicks, has long been unhappy with the lack of dynamism he has perceived in Parry.

Keane turns up intensity in fight to save Anfield career

Shunned striker shows off skills in training in renewed bid to stay at Liverpool

Benitez calm at heart of Anfield storm

Liverpool's manager was remarkably cool yesterday despite Steven Gerrard's problems, his recent outbursts and the speculation about the club's possible sale.

Kuwaiti billionaires line up £500m bid for Liverpool

Al-Kharafi family in discussions to buy Anfield club from American owners

Default by Kuwaiti investment house hits Gulf's reputation as financial hub

The reputation of the Arabian Gulf as a financial hub was dealt a blow yesterday as Global Investment House (GIH), one of the region's biggest institutional investors, confirmed that it was unable to repay a $200m loan, and had appointed HSBC to renegotiate the deal, and its other debts, with international creditors.

Album: Daoud and Saleh Al-Kuwaity, Masters of Iraqi Music (ARC)

This album of remastered recordings by two of Iraq's greatest traditional players is a reminder of the civilisation which Blair and Bush have destroyed.

Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah: Emir of Kuwait for nine days

Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah served as Emir of Kuwait for less than 10 days in 2006 until his rule was cut short by ill-health. But for years he was a prominent figure in the ruling Sabah family, a man who witnessed the full course of his country's modern history. He was one of the kindest and gentlest of senior Kuwaitis, admired and respected by his people.

Betrayed: The Iraqis who risked all for Britain

Sami Faleh Mohammed, 44, was killed because he was a translator for the British Army. His widow says it failed in its duty of care. His is one of 12 families seeking justice. Robert Verkaik reports from Damascus

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