KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Officials in Kuwait say eight people were killed and one person was in critical condition after a car accident in an area just outside the country's capital.
LONDON (AP) — A look at the stadiums in five countries in the Persian Gulf that FIFA identifies as possible venues if the 2022 World Cup is expanded to 48 teams and additional venues outside Qatar...
Fire strikes skyscraper under construction in Kuwait City
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A skyscraper under construction for the National Bank of Kuwait has caught fire, sending 2,500 workers fleeing from the flames.
The fire broke out in Kuwait City on Thursday, sending thick black smoke up into the sky.
The bank on Twitter described the blaze as a "partial fire" and said firefighters had extinguished 90 percent of it.
German court upholds Kuwait Airways’ refusal of Israeli man
BERLIN (AP) — A German appeals court upheld a ruling Tuesday that Kuwait's national airline did not have to transport an Israeli citizen because of Kuwait's boycott of Israel.
The Israeli man, identified in court papers as Adar M., a student living in Germany, had sued the airline after he booked a flight in 2016 from Frankfurt to Bangkok with a stop-over in Kuwait City. Kuwait Airways canceled his booking when he revealed he had an Israeli passport and offered to book him on another airline.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has fined Egypt's soccer federation 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) for playing a World Cup warmup game during a prohibited period.
No international friendlies were allowed from May 21-27 which was a mandatory rest week for World Cup players.
FIFA says the mandatory rest week was "in order to protect players before the final competition."
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's highest court on Sunday ordered an opposition leader and two lawmakers imprisoned for 3 ½ years over the 2011 storming of parliament amid that year's Arab Spring protests, in a case involving nearly 70 politicians, activists and others.
Over a dozen people received prison time in the ruling by Kuwait's Court of Cassation, while the others were released on bail or found not guilty.
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's defense minister, the eldest son of the country's ruling emir, has undergone surgery to have a tumor in his lungs removed.
The state-run KUNA news agency reported Tuesday that 70-year-old Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Sabah underwent the procedure. It did not say if the tumor was cancerous.
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Philippines and Kuwait have signed a new agreement regarding Filipino laborer rights after the Philippines earlier banned its citizens from working there amid a diplomatic dispute.
The Philippines issued a statement Friday saying the agreement offered "additional guarantees that we asked our Kuwaiti friends to extend."
The statement added: "The more than 250,000 Filipinos in Kuwait can now be assured of prompt and effective assistance if needed."
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait says it stands ready to cooperate with the Philippines to address labor issues facing Filipino workers, but would also "act decisively" against attempts to breach its sovereignty.
Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah's comments came in response to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that Filipino workers would be permanently banned from heading to Kuwait. More than 260,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait.
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Manila over a growing diplomatic dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country.
The highly unusual move came as a surprise in the typically sedate and oil-rich Gulf Arab nation, both a long target of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's criticism and heavily reliant on Filipina nannies and maids.
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Philippines' ambassador to Kuwait has offered a public apology after he made comments about his diplomatic mission's efforts to help abused Filipino housemaids in the Gulf nation.
Renato Villa read from a statement and took no questions from journalists in Kuwait City on Tuesday.
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's state-run oil company says it has contained a fire at an onshore oil rig in the country's southwestern oilfields.
The Kuwait Oil Co. said early on Monday that a fire broke out while an emergency team responded to what it described as a "minor" leak at the al-Maqwa field.
The company said the fire caused no injuries and production continued at the field. It did not offer an estimate for the number of barrels of oil spilled in the leak.
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwaiti police have arrested two Filipinos for allegedly convincing housemaids to run away from their employers' homes.
The arrests, reported Sunday by the state-run KUNA news agency, come as relations are tense between Kuwait and the Philippines, which sends many domestic laborers to the Gulf Arab emirate.
KUNA said the two men acknowledged convincing the maids to leave. It wasn't clear what law the two men were accused of breaking.
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's state-owned oil company says a bus collision has killed 15 of its workers.
The Kuwait Oil Company said in a statement that the victims of Sunday's head-on bus collision include seven Indians, five Egyptians and three Pakistanis. At least two Indian workers and a Kuwaiti were injured in the accident.
Correction: Kuwait story
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — In a story Feb. 19 about two Kuwaiti ruling family members being convicted of insulting the country's National Assembly speaker, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information provided by a lawyer in the case, erroneously reported the length of their prison sentences and the fines they received. The two each were sentenced to three years in prison and each must pay fines of 10,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($33,300).
Case against activists threatens Kuwait’s political openness
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — In Kuwait, activists have been gathering nightly to peacefully demonstrate against their government — something that elsewhere in the Arabian Peninsula would see protesters tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and sentenced to prison.
The rallies, just across the street from Kuwait's National Assembly, show the unique political system in this tiny, oil-rich nation, where its emir rules absolutely but lawmakers and citizens can criticize officials and call them to account.
Family grieves Philippine maid found dead in Kuwait freezer
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The body of a Filipino housemaid found stuffed in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait was flown home to her grieving family Friday, as attention focused on the plight of millions of mostly poor Filipinos toiling abroad.
As Joanna Daniela Demafelis' remains were wheeled to the Manila airport's cargo bay, her sister broke into tears and embraced the casket before being pulled back and consoled. A brother wept quietly, speechless and overwhelmed by emotion.
$30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — International donors pledged $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group, Kuwait announced Wednesday, overcoming Western doubts and donor fatigue over Mideast crises to help the battle-ravaged nation.
The Latest: UN may have to reassess Iraq mine-clearing work
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Latest on the conference under way in Kuwait to help Iraq rebuild after the devastating war against the Islamic State group (all times local):
The head of the U.N.'s mine-clearing agency in Iraq says it will have to reassess priorities with the government in Baghdad if a major donors conference fails to drum up enough funds for the country as it rebuilds.
New US-Turkey tensions overshadow anti-IS unity meeting
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Trump administration's appeal for unity fell on a critical deaf ear Tuesday as the latest expression of U.S. support for Kurdish rebels in Syria enraged America's NATO ally, Turkey, and overshadowed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's plea for nations fighting the Islamic State to overcome rivalries and concentrate on eradicating the extremist group from the Middle East.
Kuwait calms Philippines after dead worker found in freezer
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's foreign minister tried to calm anger in the Philippines on Tuesday after a Filipina worker was found dead in a freezer, hoping to defuse an ordered "total ban" on workers coming to the small, oil-rich nation.
It's the latest case to draw the anger of populist Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who in January complained that cases of abuse reported by Filipina domestic workers "always" seem to be coming from Kuwait.
$88.2B price tag for rebuilding Iraq after Islamic State war
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait on Monday opened a week of conferences seeking aid for rebuilding Iraq after the onslaught of the Islamic State group, seeking tens of billions of dollars for a nation only a generation ago that invaded it.
Authorities estimate Iraq needs $88.2 billion to restore a country smashed after the Sunni extremists seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul and a mass of territory in June 2014.
Qatar: Exiled sheikh promoted by Saudi Arabia now in Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An exiled Qatari sheikh once promoted by Saudi Arabia as a possible opposition leader amid a diplomatic dispute with Doha is now in Kuwait, authorities said Wednesday, after he had alleged that the United Arab Emirates was holding him against his will.
Kuwait’s imprisoned activists end hunger strike
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Fourteen imprisoned activists in Kuwait have ended a hunger strike, saying they succeeded in exposing the government's support for anti-government protests in Iran while barring them at home.
One of the activists started the hunger strike on Jan. 3, while 13 others joined him four days later on Jan. 7.
Kuwait hunger strike expands to 13 more political prisoners
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Thirteen imprisoned activists in Kuwait have announced they started a hunger strike to protest what they say are the country's "paradoxical" statements supporting protests in Iran, but barring protests at home.
Dozens injured when barricade collapses in Kuwait’s Gulf Cup
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's state-run news agency says more than 30 soccer fans, most from Oman, sustained injuries when a glass barricade collapsed in a stadium in Kuwait City.
The incident occurred Friday evening after fans gathered on the barricade to greet the Omani team, which beat the United Arab Emirates in a penalty shootout to win the Arabian Gulf Cup finals. The tournament had been planned to take place in Qatar this year before a row erupted among Gulf states.
Imprisoned Kuwaiti activist announces hunger strike
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwaiti human rights activist sentenced to seven years in prison for taking part in a protest in 2011 has announced a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment.
A statement issued to The Associated Press on Saturday by Sulaiman Binjassem's family says he is on hunger strike to protest the court's "unjust ruling."
Imprisoned Kuwaitis form political bloc demanding reforms
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A group of Kuwaitis imprisoned for taking part in anti-government protests have announced the formation of a new political bloc in defiance of their detention and charges related to their political activism.
Kuwait's Democratic Party was launched this week by four Kuwaitis sentenced to prison in late November. At the time, an appeals court found 67 people guilty of a range of charges related to 2011 rallies when protesters briefly entered the parliament chamber.
Kuwait names ruler’s son as defense minister in shakeup
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait has announced new picks for Cabinet, with five out of 16 members hailing from the royal family, including the ruler's son who has been chosen to head the Defense Ministry.
Nasser Sabah Al Sabah, in his 50s, will serve as defense minister and as deputy prime minister. He takes over the ministry from Mohammad Khaled Al Sabah.
Two-day Gulf summit ends within hours amid Qatar crisis
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A planned two-day summit of Gulf Arab countries fell apart within hours of starting Tuesday over the ongoing boycott of Qatar, underscoring the difficulty of ending the crisis and suggesting that unifying the bloc of U.S. allies is slipping further from reach.
The Latest: Kuwait’s emir quickly ends troubled Gulf summit
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Latest on the developments surrounding the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Kuwait (all times local):
Kuwait's emir has quickly ended a troubled summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council amid the ongoing diplomatic dispute targeting Qatar.
Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah made the sudden announcement after only a 15-minute closed-door session. The summit was supposed to last two days.
Bahrain says prominent Shiite cleric hospitalized
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Bahrain's Health Ministry says a prominent Shiite cleric who has been stripped of his citizenship and held under house arrest has been hospitalized.
The ministry said Monday that Sheikh Isa Qassim was transferred to a local hospital. Activists also acknowledged Sheikh Isa was hospitalized.
Sheikh Isa's supporters previously told The Associated Press that he suffered from a hernia and needed surgery.
Bahrain's government says nothing stopped Sheikh Isa from getting medical care.
Qatar’s ruler to attend Gulf meeting in Kuwait amid dispute
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Qatar's ruling emir will attend a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council this week in Kuwait, his government said Monday, a summit coming amid a boycott of the energy-rich country by three of the council's members.
AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait is preparing to host a summit of six Gulf countries amid the ongoing diplomatic dispute targeting Qatar.
Here's a look at the ongoing dispute, the worst to grip the region since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Mattis seeks more cooperation with Pakistan on terror fight
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will meet with Pakistan leaders Monday to seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight, amid Trump administration calls for Islamabad to more aggressively go after the insurgents moving back and forth across the border with Afghanistan.
Kuwait parliament passes law addressing IOC, FIFA bans
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's parliament has approved a proposed draft law that aims to ends the bans on the country by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee.
Lawmakers passed the bill in a special session Sunday. Minister of Youth and Sports Affair Khaled al-Roudan described the law as "an important step toward lifting the suspension off Kuwaiti sport" in a report carried by the state-run KUNA news agency.
The bill must be approved by Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
Kuwait to host Gulf Cooperation Council meeting next week
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman's state news agency is reporting that the sultan has received a message from Kuwait's ruler that the Gulf Cooperation Council will meet next week in Kuwait City.
The report on Thursday is the first confirmation that Kuwait intends to host the GCC conference despite the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar.
Released in April, Kuwait opposition figure gets 9-year term
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A leading opposition figure, three serving lawmakers and dozens of others in Kuwait were sentenced to prison on Monday over protesters storming parliament in 2011, with one lawyer saying police had already begun rounding up those convicted to take them to prison.
Kuwait’s 88-year-old ruler leaves hospital after checkup
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's 88-year-old ruling emir has left the hospital following a checkup after an earlier announcement that said he was suffering from a cold.
The state-run KUNA news agency reported on Thursday that Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah left the hospital.
Kuwait’s 88-year-old ruler admitted to hospital after cold
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's 88-year-old ruling emir has been admitted to a hospital after suffering from a cold.
That's according to a report on the state-run KUNA news agency on Wednesday, which said Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah's trip to the hospital was "for a normal medical checkup."
Kuwait’s ruling emir orders Cabinet dissolved amid turmoil
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's ruling emir ordered his Cabinet be dissolved Monday, heading off a potentially embarrassing no-confidence vote by parliament against one of his ministers as political turmoil continues in the stalwart U.S. ally.
Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah's order, carried by the state-run KUNA news agency, sets up the current Cabinet as a caretaker government.
Kuwait ruler sees complications from prolonged Qatar dispute
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's ruler cautions the crisis between a quartet of Arab countries and Qatar "could see more complications" even as he continues to try and mediate an end to the diplomatic standoff.
Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah made the comments Tuesday before lawmakers in Kuwait's National Assembly, saying that "the crisis could see more complications that will have a negative effect regionally and internationally, and can harm Gulf nations and their people."
Kuwait says new oil spill strikes near site of August slick
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait says an oil spill has been spotted near the site of a similar spill off its southern coast in August.
Kuwait's state-run KUNA news agency reported on Monday that authorities were trying to contain the spill, located near Kuwait's southern Ras al-Zour area.
The Kuwait Petroleum Corp. described the spill as being near a power station. It offered no immediate estimates for the spill's size.
Kuwait to expel North Korean ambassador, other diplomats
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait will expel North Korea's ambassador to the oil-rich country and four other diplomats, potentially limiting Pyongyang's ability to earn money for its nuclear program from laborers it sends to the Gulf.
Kuwait’s ruler, mediating Qatar crisis, heads to Washington
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's ruler, who is trying to mediate an end to the Qatar diplomatic crisis, is traveling to Washington to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump.
The office of Kuwaiti emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah says he leaves Friday for the U.S.
Sheikh Sabah is scheduled to meet Thursday with Trump.
Russia’s FM visiting Gulf Arab states over Qatar crisis
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Russia's foreign minister is in Kuwait at the start of a three-nation tour of Gulf Arab states over the ongoing Qatar diplomatic crisis.
Sergey Lavrov's visit to Kuwait City on Monday marks the first high-level diplomatic visit by Russia over the crisis, which began on June 5. Lavrov also will visit Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on his trip.
Kuwait contains oil spill off its southern coast
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's state oil company says it has contained an oil spill off the Gulf country's southern coast.
The Kuwait Petroleum Company said in a statement carried by the state news agency on Tuesday evening that cleanup teams took steps to break up the spill near power and desalination plants.
It says large volumes of floating oil have been removed, and that it has contacted oil companies to determine the source of the leak.
Group estimates 34,000 gallons of oil spilled off Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An analysis of satellite imagery by a U.S.-based nonprofit organization suggests at least 34,000 gallons of oil have leaked out during a spill off the coast of Kuwait.
West Virginia-based SkyTruth says satellite photos from the day of the spill off southern Kuwait show it spread over a distance covering 131 square kilometers (50.5 square miles).
Kuwait reports second oil spill in less than a week
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait is reporting a second offshore oil spill in less than a week.
The Environmental Public Authority says the latest spill, discovered Tuesday, is one nautical mile long. Earlier this week, authorities were working to contain an oil spill to the south.
The tiny Gulf country bordering Iraq and Saudi Arabia has proven oil reserves of more than 100 billion barrels and produces 2.9 million barrels a day.