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2006-06-30 08:21:11

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - Powerful Islamist and reformist candidates swept Kuwait's elections but women failed to win a single seat in their first attempt to run for parliament, results showed on Friday. Analysts and newspapers said a strong showing by the opposition -- a loose coalition of pro-reform ex-MPs, Islamists, leftists and liberals -- raises the possibility of deeper tension between the new assembly and the government. Opposition candidates won two-thirds of...

2006-06-27 07:35:00

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - As Kuwaitis wonder who to vote for in this month's parliamentary elections, they won't be doing so on empty stomachs. The more than 300 parliamentary hopefuls running in the June 29 election are wooing voters with slick, well organized campaign rallies; billboards of their smiling faces ring the venues and microphones are juiced for fiery speeches. But it's the lavish banquets served to the crowds of potential voters afterwards that really impress. This...

2006-06-08 16:17:33

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arab nations should use some of their windfall profits from high gasoline prices to help rebuild Iraq and forgive most of the $40 billion in debt owed to them by Baghdad, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. The State Department's Iraq coordinator, James Jeffrey, told lawmakers the Bush administration had been campaigning to get Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to follow through on pledges to help rebuild Iraq and to forgive debt....

2006-05-08 15:59:35

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans announced plans on Monday to begin work on legislation to enact a free trade deal with Oman, despite Democratic demands that the Gulf kingdom first provide stronger assurances it will bring its labor laws in line with international standards. The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee will meet on Wednesday to consider the agreement, which is governed by a law barring changes in the pact once the Bush...

2006-05-06 14:07:53

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders called on Iran on Saturday to do more to show it was not trying to obtain an atom bomb, thereby saving the region from another war. Gulf Arab countries, wary of Iranian power since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, share U.S. concern at the prospect of Iran having a nuclear bomb but fear another military conflict in the region after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Gulf Arabs are also worried about the possible...

2006-05-06 04:02:16

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders who meet in Riyadh on Saturday will call for a peaceful solution to the crisis between Iran and Western nations over its nuclear ambitions, analysts and officials said. Gulf Arab countries, wary of Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, share U.S. concerns about Iran having a nuclear bomb but fear another military conflict in the region after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. "These countries do not want Iran to...

2006-05-03 09:04:00

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government commission warned on Wednesday of rising religious persecution in Iraq and Afghanistan, two countries invaded by the United States in the past five years to free their people from tyranny and abuse. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, in its annual report to Congress and President George W. Bush's administration, also harshly criticized three key U.S. allies -- Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt -- for...

2006-04-19 08:32:05

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Britain does not expect Iran to comply with U.N. demands to halt uranium enrichment by the end of April, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Wednesday. Speaking in the Saudi capital Riyadh, where the government shares Western concerns about a nuclear Iran, he also said that the Middle East could be plunged into a nuclear arms race if Iran develops an atomic bomb. The U.N. Security Council has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)...

2006-04-14 13:45:12

TEHRAN (Reuters) - The Iranian president on Friday dismissed remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said the United Nations must consider strong action to force Iran to comply with demands over its nuclear plans. "What she said is not important. She is free to speak out," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported. Ahmadinejad drew condemnation from the United States and other world powers by...

2006-03-23 06:30:01

By Edmund Blair TEHRAN (Reuters) - U.S.-Iranian talks to discuss Iraq could open a valuable channel of communication between the two foes, but analysts say a history of missed opportunities dampens hopes of any broader dialogue developing. In a worst-case scenario, talks could descend into a "dialogue of the deaf," offering hardliners on both sides the chance to declare contacts a failure and exacerbating an already tense standoff over Iran's nuclear program, the analysts add....


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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