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Letter: Gulf hostage row

Sir: Kate Watson-Smyth reports (16 July) that BA has been ordered to pay compensation to French people held hostage in the Gulf following the capture of flight BA149 in Kuwait on 2 August 1990. She quotes a BA spokesman as saying that the French decision "differs from the interpretation of courts in other countries".

Letter: Fateful flight

Sir: Iraq had not declared war on Kuwait a few hours before our flight

Kuwait vote helps women's cause

THE FEW Kuwaitis who are allowed to vote took a short, surprising step towards the modern world yesterday. Of Kuwait's 793,000 citizens, only 113,000 are enfranchised, all of them men, over 21 and able to trace their local roots back several generations.

Kuwaiti Sheikh to fight ruling

SHEIKH Fahad Al-Sabah - the member of Kuwait's royal family caught in a web of financial intrigue - plans to appeal against last week's High Court ruling which found him party to the misappropriation of $900m (pounds 560m) from the Kuwait Investment Office, writes Peter Koenig.

Letter: `Collateral' killing

Letter: `Collateral' killing

Law report: Enforcement of arbitration award

25 May 1999 Westacre Investments Inc v Jugoimport - SDPR Holding Co Ltd Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Waller, Lord Justice Mantell and Sir David Hirst) 12 May 1999

Hoechst merger hits setback

PLANS to merge Hoechst and Rhone-Poulenc, the German and French pharmaceutical giants, were put on hold at the last minute yesterday pending the approval of Hoechst's largest shareholder, the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). Rhone-Poulenc said its board had approved plans to accelerate a merger but later cancelled a scheduled press conference to explain the deal. The merger, which would create the world's biggest drug maker, would require both companies to sell most of their chemicals businesses during a downturn in the chemicals cycle.

Focus: War in Europe - A very strange way to fight

Nato has turned the rules of warfare on their head. The result so far is the exact opposite of what it intended

Iraq troops head for Kuwait border

IRAQ MOVED large numbers of troops and tanks towards its border with Kuwait yesterday, according to a report last night, increasing the risk of another military clash.
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