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ADDS FULL DATE OF RESIGNATIONS -- FILE - This Dec. 16, 2012 file photo shows a General view of Kuwait's National Assembly during the inauguration of the 14th Legislative Term of the National Assembly in Kuwait. Kuwait's Cabinet submitted its resignation on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, the latest development in a cycle of clashes between the government and lawmakers that long has convulsed the sheikhdom with the strongest parliament in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari, File)

Kuwait's government quits, deepening political deadlock

Jan. 12, 2021 11:15 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s Cabinet submitted its resignation Tuesday, the latest development in a cycle of clashes between the government and lawmakers that long has convulsed the sheikhdom with the strongest parliament in the Gulf. The move, while not a surprise after some 30...

In this photo provided by the Saudi Royal Court, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, welcomes Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (Saudi Royal Court via AP)

Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration to ease rift with Qatar

Jan. 5, 2021 4:21 PM EST

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Gulf Arab leaders signed a declaration Tuesday to ease a rift with Qatar, following Saudi Arabia’s decision to end a 3 1/2-year embargo of the tiny energy-rich country that deeply divided regional U.S. security allies and frayed social ties across the Arabian Peninsula....

In this May 5, 2018 photo, a giant image of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, adorns a tower in Doha, Qatar. Kuwait’s foreign ministry announced Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 that Saudi Arabia will open its air and land borders with Qatar in the first steps toward ending a diplomatic crisis that has deeply divided regional U.S. allies since 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, easing the Gulf crisis

Jan. 4, 2021 10:22 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia will open its airspace and land border to Qatar in the first step toward ending a years-long diplomatic crisis that deeply divided U.S. defense partners, frayed societal ties and tore apart a traditionally clubby alliance of Gulf states, officials said late...

Nurse Arzu Yildirim poses for the photographer as she holds a CoronaVac vaccine, made by Sinovac, currently on phase III clinical trials at Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Turkey has ordered 50 million doses of the vaccine and Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said last week that the first batch was expected to arrive within days and vaccination could start at the end of December or early January.Some 12,500 volunteers are taking part in Phase 3 trials of the vaccine across Turkey but the full vaccination programme is expected to start before the trial is completed. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster

Dec. 24, 2020 11:56 PM EST

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. The cluster that has emerged in recent days has grown to 12 cases. In five neighborhood divisions, authorities have shut...

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus walks near the display of South Korea's capital Seoul logo in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea tightens pandemic rules over virus surge

Dec. 22, 2020 1:43 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will limit private social gatherings to fewer than five people and shut down ski resorts and major tourist spots nationwide starting on Christmas Eve as it contends with a surge in coronavirus infections. The restrictions announced Tuesday extend to a national level similar...

This undated photo made available on the twitter account of the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, shows Kuwait's Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Sabah, the eldest son of Kuwait's late emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Sheikh Nasser died at the age of 72 in Kuwait, Sunday, Dec.  20, 2020, the country's state-run news agency reported. Sheikh Nasser held various government posts over the years including minister of defense and deputy prime minister. (KUNA via AP)

Kuwait's key reformer, son of late emir, dies at 72

Dec. 20, 2020 11:33 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Sabah, the eldest son of the late emir, who emerged as an influential reformer in the oil-rich Gulf sheikhdom, died on Sunday, the country’s state-run news agency reported. He was 72. Sheikh Nasser, who held various government...

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 file photo, a man casts his vote for parliamentary elections in the town of Hawally, Kuwait. A new parliament has been elected in Kuwait in an election that saw two-thirds of lawmakers and the country’s only female legislator lose their seats. Election results were released Sunday. (AP Photo/Jaber Abdulkhaleg, File)

Kuwait election sees two-thirds of parliament lose seats

Dec. 6, 2020 8:43 AM EST

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwaitis elected a new parliament in an election that saw two-thirds of lawmakers and the country's only female legislator lose their seats, election results released Sunday showed. The direction that the new 50-seat National Assembly will take remains unclear as 21 of them will become...

A man casts heis vote for parliamentary elections in the town of Hawally, Kuwait, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jaber Abdulkhaleg)

Kuwait votes for parliament amid economic, virus challenges

Dec. 5, 2020 6:29 AM EST

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait voted Saturday for its National Assembly, the first election since the death of its longtime ruling emir and as the oil-rich nation faces serious economic problems under the coronavirus pandemic. This tiny country's hundreds of thousands of voters selected lawmakers for 50 seats...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud speaks during his meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at the State Department in Washington.  Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has expressed optimism that the ongoing boycott of Qatar by four Arab nations may be nearing an end. Prince Faisal bin Farhan made the comment to the Italy’s annual Mediterranean Dialogues on Friday, Dec. 4.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, POOL, File)

Saudi Arabia says end to yearslong Qatar boycott 'in reach'

Dec. 4, 2020 3:00 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top diplomat said Friday that an end to the yearslong boycott of Qatar by the kingdom and three other Arab nations “looks in reach” for all involved, though he offered no details on how this feud would be resolved. The remarks by Saudi Prince...

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...