Kuwait / by Michelle Ryan

A former Member of Parliament (Musallam al-Barrack) who was convicted in 2012 for insulting the Emir of Kuwait has been released from prison. This is likely to be a morale boost for opposition politicians. Kuwait has committed $100 million to the United Nation (UN)’s fundraising appeal to deal with the human consequences of the Yemen conflict. Kuwait has also pledged $100 million to help with the reconstruction of Iraq in the aftermath of the Islamic State (IS) insurgency. Kuwait is to reinstate military service. Kuwait has signalled that it wants to see Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cuts to oil production extended beyond their expiration date in June.