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2006-06-15 07:45:36

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - As a child, Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito led a lonely, stifled existence. Imperial staff decreed what he ate and whom he met, and even a short trip outside the palace required huge security and elaborate planning. Now some people, including the crown prince himself, say Japan's imperial household needs to modernize, abandoning ancient practices which have forced members of the royal family to sacrifice personal ambition and suppress their...

2006-02-07 13:03:28

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's new Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Tuesday appointed his brother Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah as the new crown prince and heir of the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab oil producer. State news agency KUNA and state television said Sheikh Sabah also appointed a nephew, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah, a minister in charge of the emiri diwan (royal court), as the new prime minister. The latest move effectively does away with a long-held political...

2006-01-16 08:22:55

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's swift appointment of its ailing crown prince as its new ruler averted any feud within the ruling family and ensured the stability of this staunch U.S. ally and major oil producer, analysts say. Adhering to the constitution and family tradition, the cabinet named Crown Prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah as the new emir on Sunday even though the 76-year-old is largely incapacitated by illness. Sheikh Saad takes over from his cousin...

2006-01-15 07:03:39

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - The ruler of U.S. ally Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who rebuilt his Gulf Arab state after U.S.-led forces drove Saddam Hussein's occupation troops from the country in 1991, died on Sunday at the age of 78. Kuwait's cabinet named the major oil producer's ailing crown prince, Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah, as its ruler after the emir's death from a long illness. Analysts expected no change in Kuwait's oil policies and pro-Western...

2006-01-15 05:36:55

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - The ruler of U.S. ally Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who rebuilt his Gulf Arab state after U.S.-led forces drove Saddam Hussein's occupation troops from the country in 1991, died on Sunday at the age of 78. Sheikh Jaber, who had ruled since 1977, died after a long illness and the country's ailing crown prince is set to take over as ruler of this major Gulf oil producer. Analysts said they expect the new emir to maintain Kuwait's oil...

2005-12-25 07:14:01

RIYADH (Reuters) - Crown Prince Sultan has held open the possibility that Saudi Arabia could lift its ban on women drivers -- but said Saudi men would have the final say. "When fathers, husbands and brothers ask us for women to drive we will look into it, though if they ask us the opposite we can't force them (to let women drive)," Sultan said in comments published on state news agency SPA late on Saturday. The right of women to drive has been a key demand of reformers in U.S.-allied...

2005-12-01 01:19:16

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Aiko turned four on Thursday as debate swirled over a proposal to change the imperial succession law to enable her to become the first female to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne in centuries. Aiko, who has shed her baby fat but is still the spitting image of her father, Crown Prince Naruhito, clutched a stuffed animal and waved from a limousine on her way to visit her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photos released...

2005-10-26 03:32:49

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's ailing crown prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah has no intention of stepping down despite speculation that he will be replaced, a family member said on Wednesday. "Sheikh Saad does not intend to step down, the intention is not there," the source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. He said the crown prince's health is better than believed. Sheikh Saad, 76, is set to succeed his cousin the emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah,...

2005-08-01 13:25:08

By Laith Abou-Ragheb RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, a strategic U.S. ally, proclaimed Abdullah its new monarch to succeed King Fahd who died on Monday after steering the world's largest oil exporter through 23 turbulent years. Saudi officials say King Abdullah, who is at least 80 and has run day-to-day affairs since his half-brother Fahd suffered a stroke in 1995, will maintain the kingdom's oil policy and close alliance with the West. Political analysts say Abdullah's toughest...

2005-08-01 08:56:34

By Laith Abou-Ragheb RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Fahd died on Monday and Crown Prince Abdullah was swiftly pronounced monarch in a smooth succession set to maintain the policies of the world's largest oil exporter and key U.S. ally. King Abdullah, who is at least 80, has run day-to-day affairs since a stroke debilitated Fahd in 1995. The kingdom's next ambassador to Washington, who is a senior royal, said the new king would not alter oil and foreign policies. "I cannot imagine...