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Twitter posts irk Kuwait

Kuwait, Nov. 19 (Reuters): Four Kuwaitis have been arrested for comments made on Twitter and will be detained for 10 days for questioning, an interior ministry source said on Monday.

Local media reported that the detainees had criticised the country’s ruler. Kuwait, a major oil producer, has been taking a firmer line on social media and has charged several citizens this year for comments made on the site which were deemed to be stoking tensions in the Gulf Arab state.

China release

Beijing (Reuters): Chinese authorities on Monday released a village official sent to a labour camp for criticising the ruling Communist Party after his case prompted anger against controls on speech, his lawyer said.

Tibet protest

Beijing (AP): The Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet on Monday said that another Tibetan has died after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese rule. The 24-year-old man set fire to himself on Saturday evening in front of a government building in Zeku county in western China’s Qinghai province.

French party

Paris (AP): Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative party, the Union for a Popular Movement, was in disarray on Monday after a vote to elect its next leader produced a razor-thin result and both candidates claimed victory.

Russia ads

Moscow (AP): Russian Opposition and human rights groups on Monday urged western consumer products giants to stop “financing politically motivated persecution” by advertising on a Kremlin-friendly TV network known for its biased coverage of government critics.

Dutch prince

Amsterdam (Reuters): Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who has been in a coma ever since he was buried in an avalanche while skiing, has shown occasional signs of minimal consciousness.