Kuwait National Guard minister picked as subsequent crown prince

Dubai: Kuwait’s deputy chief of the National Guard, who spent years in the oil-rich country’s security services, was nominated as crown prince on Wednesday, the Kuwaiti state news agency reported. The nomination makes Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah the possible heir apparent to the new emir, 83-year-old Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who was propelled to power following the death of his half-brother. Before Sheikh Meshal can be officially named crown prince, lawmakers must approve the choice during their final session on Thursday. AP

Ukraine secures £1.25 billion from UK for military vessels

KYIV: Ukraine will sign a memorandum with the United Kingdom, securing 1.25 billion pounds ($1.61 billion) to build new military vessels for the Ukrainian Navy, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday. The memorandum would be signed during Zelenskiy’s state visit to the UK on Oct. 7-8. “This is an important strategic document … we will sign this memorandum for the amount of 1.25 billion pounds,” Zelenskiy told local television. Specialised military news agencies have said the funds would be in the form of a 10-year loan and allow the UK to provide 8 Barzan-class fast attack crafts to Ukraine. Reuters

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