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FILE- In this April 16, 2009 file photo, the Kuwait city skyline is seen through the haze of a sand storm in Kuwait City. Kuwait, one of the world’s wealthiest countries, is facing a debt crisis. The pandemic has sent the price of oil crashing to all-time lows and pushed Kuwait toward a reckoning with its longtime largesse for its citizens just as a parliamentary election looms in Dec. 2020. It needs the new parliament to approve raising its debt spending and passing the bill will be the first legislative challenge for Kuwait's new emir. (AP Photo, File)

Oil-rich Kuwait faces reckoning as debt crisis looms

Nov. 24, 2020 1:08 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Kuwait emerged from a monthslong coronavirus lockdown, hundreds of Kuwaitis flocked to reopened stores, the lines clogging malls, snaking through hallways and spilling onto sidewalks. But unlike much of the world, where long lines formed for donated food, Kuwaitis...

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...