Kuwait’s 88-year-old ruler leaves hospital after checkup

Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, File)
Updated 23 November 2017
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Kuwait’s 88-year-old ruler leaves hospital after checkup

KUWAIT CITY: 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.
He entered the hospital Wednesday for checks.
Sheikh Sabah has ruled Kuwait since January 2006. He came to power after parliament voted unanimously to oust his predecessor, the ailing Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, just nine days into his rule and shortly before lawmakers received his formal letter of abdication.
In recent months, he’s been working to try to negotiate an end to the diplomatic crisis engulfing Qatar after four Arab nations cut ties to Doha.
Kuwait is an oil-rich OPEC member wedged between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.


Egypt extends state of emergency for three months

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Egypt extends state of emergency for three months

  • Egypt first imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45 people
  • The renewal starting Oct. 15 was published in the official gazette last week

CAIRO: Egypt’s parliament voted on Sunday to extend a state of emergency in the country for three months, prolonging the authorities’ ability to use special powers into 2019.
Egypt first imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45 people, and has extended it at three-month intervals since.
The renewal starting Oct. 15 was published in the official gazette last week, and required parliamentary approval within seven days.
It allows security forces to “take (measures) necessary to confront the dangers and funding of terrorism and safeguard security in all parts of the country,” the gazette said.
The state of emergency grants the authorities sweeping powers, allowing them to make arrests and crack down on what they call enemies of the state.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told parliament ahead of Sunday’s vote that national security needed to be balanced with the protection of public freedoms.
Egypt’s security forces have been fighting a militant insurgency concentrated in North Sinai, and launched a major operation in the remote region in February.