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Emir of Kuwait to visit Obama to discuss Middle East

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, is due to visit President Obama in Washington on September 13 to discuss Middle Eastern issues, the White House said.

A statement said: "The President looks forward to discussing with the emir a wide range of critical interests and important developments in the Gulf region and broader Middle East."

The visit comes as Mr Obama seeks to gain Congressional support for punitive strikes against Syria in the wake of a chemical attack.

Kuwait to 'execute prisoners on live television'

Kuwait is preparing to execute at least two men on live television Human Rights Watch have warned citing local media.

The state had stopped using the death penalty in 2007, but these executions, expected early tomorrow morning, will be the second round of state killings this year.

Local activists told Human Rights Watch that one of the men was convicted of murder and the other of kidnap and rape. There are further five prisoners reportedly awaiting execution.

Joe Stork, from Human Rights Watch said: “This new round of executions indicates that Kuwait is moving in exactly the wrong direction regarding the death penalty. The government should cancel the executions immediately and reinstate the moratorium that had been in place since 2007.”