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KUWAIT

01, Jan 2991 / KUWAIT / MIDDLE EAST;ARAB WORLD / 46 Words Summary

The Amir, Shaikh Jabir al-Ahmed al-Jabir al-Sabah (aged 75), suffered a stroke on Sept. 21 and was immediately flown to London for treatment. Speaking on Sept. 28, Health Minister...

National Unity Plan acclaimed by President Moscicki and Marshal Rydz-Smigly.

01, Mar 2221 / POLAND / 46 Words Summary

The programme for "Polish National Unity" launched by Colonel Adam Koe on Feb. 21 was acclaimed and welcomed by President Moscickt on March 19 The latter declared that both he and Marshal...

Trial of president's son

01, Sep 2014 / SURINAM / 118 Words Summary

At a US federal court in New York on Aug. 29, Dino Bouterse, the son of President Désiré “Desi” Bouterse, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, firearms, and terrorism...

Opposition protest action

01, Sep 2014 / TANZANIA / 224 Words Summary

The main opposition Party for Democracy and Progress ( Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo—CHADEMA) led a series of nationwide protests on Sept. 26 against the government’s refusal to...

Resignation of interior minister

01, Sep 2014 / ISRAEL / 399 Words Summary

Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar on Sept. 17 announced his resignation, saying that he would “take a break” from political life after Jewish holidays that ended in October in order to...

Opposition developments

01, Sep 2014 / MAURITIUS / 161 Words Summary

The main opposition Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) confirmed on Sept. 14 that it was entering into an electoral alliance with the ruling Mauritius Labour Party (MLP). If the powerful new...

Strains with Turkey – Sisi-Obama meeting

01, Sep 2014 / EGYPT / 512 Words Summary

The Egyptian foreign ministry on Sept. 24 issued a statement fiercely criticising newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey for questioning the legitimacy of Field Marshal (retd)...

Judicial Services Act

01, Sep 2014 / TONGA / 142 Words Summary

It was reported by Matangi Tonga magazine on Sept. 8 that the unicameral Legislative Assembly had passed bills to amend the constitution so that the appointment of judicial and legal officers was...

Loan from Russia

01, Sep 2014 / BELARUS;Russia / 78 Words Summary

It was announced on Sept. 16 that Russian and Belarusian officials had agreed on the terms of a US$1.55 billion state loan from Russia to Belarus. The loan, which would allow Belarus to service...

Newport summit talks on Nagorno-Karabakh

01, Sep 2014 / ARMENIA / 390 Words Summary

President Serzh Sarkisian of Armenia and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, met on Sept. 4 in Newport, Wales, on the sidelines of a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)...

Fatah-Hamas agreement

01, Sep 2014 / PALESTINE / 281 Words Summary

Following Israel’s July-August offensive against the Palestinian territory of Gaza [see pp. 53532-33], it was reported on Sept. 25 that the leaders of the two main Palestinian...

State elections in Vorarlberg

01, Sep 2014 / AUSTRIA / 94 Words Summary

In state elections on Sept. 21 in Vorarlberg, Austria’s most western province, the incumbent conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), with 41.8 per cent of the vote, lost its...

Commutation of death sentence for Islamist

01, Sep 2014 / BANGLADESH / 217 Words Summary

The Supreme Court on Sept. 17 commuted a death sentence handed down in February 2013 to Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice president of the conservative Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, after he was...

IWC resolution against Japanese whaling programme

01, Sep 2014 / WHALING / 94 Words Summary

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Sept. 18 voted 35-20 in favour of a non-binding resolution opposing Japanese plans to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean for scientific...

Rejection of independence in Scottish referendum

01, Sep 2014 / UNITED KINGDOM / 2910 Words Summary

In a record turnout of 84.6 per cent of the registered electorate, a referendum in Scotland on Sept. 18 resulted in voters rejecting by a margin of more than 10 per cent a proposal that Scotland...