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

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.

US flies Kuwait emir, 91, to Minnesota after surgery at home

Kuwait's 91-year-old ruling emir landed on Thursday in the United States after being flown across the world in a U.S. Air Force C-17 flying hospital, and just days after undergoing an unspecified surgery at home. The dramatic airlift reflected the close ties between the two nations but also raised concerns over the ruler's medical condition.

Germany, NATO moving soldiers out of Iraq amid tensions

Germany moved 35 soldiers serving in Iraq to neighboring Jordan and Kuwait on Tuesday, while NATO said it was also shifting some of its troops out of the country amid tensions over the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general in an airstrike in Baghdad last week.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait end dispute over shared oil fields

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have ended a nearly five-year-long dispute over shared oil fields and have agreed to resume oil production from the divided Neutral Zone, but stressed this would not change their OPEC commitments to crude oil production cuts.

AP Source: FIFA explores Kuwait, Oman as 2022 World Cup co-hosts

A person with knowledge of the situation says FIFA is exploring Oman and Kuwait becoming co-hosts of the 2022 World Cup if it is expanded beyond Qatar. Although Qatar won a bid for a 32-team tournament, FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to add 16 more national teams. That would require placing games in other countries in the region.

$30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

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.

Kuwait’s ruling emir orders Cabinet dissolved amid turmoil

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.

U.S. steps up Qatar crisis diplomacy, lauds Kuwait’s mediation

The Trump administration on Friday ramped up diplomatic efforts to help resolve Qatar’s crisis with its Arab neighbors, which risks implications for America’s military presence in the Middle East and the fight against the Islamic State group. The U.S. is also concerned that the spat among Arab governments could hamper a shared interest in blunting Iranian assertiveness in the region.

Trump hails Kuwait mediation on Qatar; Arab states react

President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed efforts by the leader of Kuwait, a staunch American ally, to mediate a festering diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors that could have implications for the U.S. military presence in the region.

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Qatar says Kuwait trying to mediate, solve diplomatic rift

Kuwait is trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis in which Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties to Qatar and moved to isolate the energy-rich, travel-hub nation from the outside world, Qatar’s foreign minister said early Tuesday.

Reserve families brace for long haul

As Pfc. Nicholas Adams held five-day-old Connor against his camouflage uniform Monday, he and his wife, Angela, talked about preparing for the one-year separation they’re about to endure. They’ve known for almost a year that Nicholas Adams’ Army Reserve unit would be called to active duty, and for months that he’d be going to the Middle East. The U.S. Army is reducing troops in Iraq, but that just creates more work for units like the Hillyard-based 643rd Automated Cargo Documentation Detachment, which help manage the flow of equipment in to – and now mostly out of – Kuwait.