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Stop Press: Putin saves bear 29, April 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Russia.
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Vladimir Putin’s holiday snaps are getting ever more bizarre. Clearly he has seen some polling suggesting that Russians like men that have some kind of affinity with nature and animals. Hence Putin’s most recent snap saving a Polar Bear…

…and saving a Tiger

…and for the gay section, riding horseback

Ridiculous. What’s next? Tending delicately to budgies? Giving mouth to mouth to dolphins? Saving a kitten down a well?

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Kuwait sue Iraqi Airways for $1.2bn 29, April 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Iraq, Kuwait.
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For the first time in 20 years an Iraqi Airways plane landed at London’s Gatwick Airport last week after being delayed by the ash cloud. No sooner had it landed, however, than the UK High Court issued an order seeking the immediate freeze of all Iraqi Airways assets worldwide. Kuwait Airways Co. submitted a claim to the UK court for some $1.2 billion for assets stolen by Saddam Hussein two decades ago. They claim that they ought to be allowed to take Iraqi airways planes as compensation.

On this occasion, the Kuwaitis could not seize the plane as it was leased from a Swedish company. However the director general of Iraqi Airways had his documents taken to prevent him from flying. The Journal further reports that the Kuwaiti authorities have several successful court rulings relating to the $1.2 billion figure but so far Iraqi Airways have simply ignored the demands for payments.

How in good conscience Kuwaitis can still demand money from Iraq is just beyond me. It seems utterly inhumane, wholly ruthless and deeply wrong.

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