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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2020 file photo, the new Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, waves after he was sworn in at the Kuwaiti National Assembly in Kuwait. The state news agency said Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, that the deputy chief of the National Guard, who spent years in the oil-rich country’s security services, was nominated as crown prince. The nomination makes Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah the heir apparent to the 83-year-old new emir. But lawmakers must approve the chosen successor during its final session on Thursday, ahead of the formation of a new government. (AP Photo/Jaber Abdulkhaleg, File)

Kuwait's new crown prince takes oath before parliament

Oct. 8, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s new crown prince took the oath of office on Thursday, according to Kuwaiti state TV, ascending to the post after the country’s parliament unanimously approved the ruling emir’s choice of successor. Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber, the...

In this photo released by Diwan Al Amiri, the body of the late Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah is carried during his funeral ceremony in Kuwait, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The late Emir drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. He was 91. (Diwan Al Amiri via AP)

Kuwaiti National Guard figure picked as next crown prince

Oct. 7, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s deputy chief of the National Guard, who spent years in the oil-rich country’s security services, was nominated as crown prince on Wednesday, the Kuwaiti state news agency reported, a cautious selection at a turbulent time for Kuwait's politics and...

The new Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, waves after he performed the constitutional oath at the Kuwaiti National Assembly in Kuwait, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Kuwait's Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah was sworn in Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services. (AP Photo/Jaber Abdulkhaleg)

Kuwait's new emir asks Cabinet to stay on, despite custom

Oct. 6, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The new emir of Kuwait, who ascended the throne following the death of his half-brother last week, has asked the Cabinet to continue performing its duties despite the prime minister’s offer to resign, the state-run news agency reported Tuesday. The prime minister...

The new Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, center, performs the constitutional oath at the Kuwaiti National Assembly in Kuwait, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Kuwait's Sheikh Nawaf was sworn in Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services. (AP Photo/Jaber Abdulkhaleg)

Sheikh Nawaf sworn in as Kuwait's new ruling emir

Sep. 30, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah was sworn in before parliament Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services. At age 83, Sheikh Nawaf is not...

FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Death of Kuwait ruler Sheikh Sabah draws outpouring of grief

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the leader of Kuwait who earned a reputation as a seasoned diplomat and a rare ruler who could cross the region’s political and sectarian divides, touched off an outpouring of grief from the Arab world Tuesday. As news...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 file photo, Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheik Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attends the closing session of the 25th Arab Summit in Bayan Palace in Kuwait City. Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah became the oil-rich nation's new ruling emir Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, state media reported, reaching the highest post in the country after decades in its security services. (AP Photo/Nasser Waggi, File)

Crown prince becomes oil-rich Kuwait's new ruling emir

Sep. 29, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah became the oil-rich nation's new ruling emir Tuesday night, reaching the highest post in the country after decades in its security services. Sheikh Nawaf, 83, had served as the crown prince since 2006, jumping a...

Kuwait's Cabinet says oil-rich nation's crown prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has been sworn in as ruling emir

Sep. 29, 2020 5:34 PM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's Cabinet says oil-rich nation's crown prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has been sworn in as ruling emir.
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, welcomes Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Kuwait ruler, longtime diplomat Sheikh Sabah, dies at age 91

Sep. 29, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday. He was 91. In a Middle East replete with...

Kuwait state television says its 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has died

Sep. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait state television says its 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has died.
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, the sun rises over the city skyline with the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, on a foggy day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai is tapping the global financial market to potentially raise billions of dollars for the first time in years. That's according to a bond prospectus seen on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, by The Associated Press. It reveals the deepening toll of the coronavirus pandemic on Dubai's economy. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Reports: Kuwait and the UAE in economic pain amid pandemic

Sep. 23, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two oil-rich Arab Gulf states suffered severe economic blows on Wednesday, as a major credit agency downgraded Kuwait for the first time and the United Arab Emirates acknowledged its economy would contract to a level last seen in 2009. The agency, Moody’s Investors...