Kuwait emir to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions: KUNA

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah’s visit will discuss bilateral relations and ‘comes amid unprecedented tensions and developments witnessed by the region,’ the Kuwait state news agency said. (AFP)
Updated 18 June 2019

Kuwait emir to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions: KUNA

  • Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al­-Jaber Al-­Sabah’s visit will discuss bilateral relations

DUBAI: Kuwait’s ruler will visit Iraq on Wednesday, state news agency KUNA reported, saying the trip comes amid unprecedented regional tensions after attacks on tankers in the Gulf.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al­-Jaber Al-­Sabah’s visit will discuss bilateral relations and “comes amid unprecedented tensions and developments witnessed by the region,” the agency said, referring to attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane, which Washington has blamed on Tehran.
Iran has denied involvement in the attacks.


Algerian court jails protesters over election

Updated 19 November 2019

Algerian court jails protesters over election

ALGIERS: An Algerian court has jailed four protesters for 18 months for disrupting a candidate’s campaign for the Dec. 12 presidential election which is opposed by a mass protest movement.
The court sentenced the four on Monday after protests on Sunday in the western city of Tlemcen, where one of the five candidates, Ali Benflis, was campaigning. No details were available on what their exact actions were.
Algeria’s authorities are trying to quell a protest movement that erupted in February to demand the departure of the country’s ruling hierarchy, an end to corruption and the army’s withdrawal from politics.
The army, which has emerged as the most powerful institution in the country, has pushed for next month’s election as a means to end the protests and restore normality. The former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, quit in April.
The judgment comes a week after a series of other prison sentences were handed down to protesters who had raised flags with Berber symbols during earlier demonstrations.
Several opposition leaders have also been held during the protests, and charged with contributing to damaging army morale.
However, the authorities have also detained numerous current and former senior officials on corruption charges, and have jailed some of them including the once untouchable former intelligence chief.
The protesters have rejected any presidential election carried out now, saying the continued presence of Bouteflika allies in the upper echelons of the government mean it cannot be free or fair.
Human Rights Watch said last week that the arrest of scores of protesters looked like “part of a pattern of trying to weaken opposition to Algeria’s interim rulers and their determination to hold presidential elections.”