Emir of Kuwait dies.
Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah had been ill since suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2001.
Al Sabah was restored to power by the Americans in 1990 after Saddam Hussein invaded his tiny oil-rich country and in 2003 backed the US as they toppled the Iraqi dictator.
In an official statement, the country's cabinet named his distant cousin, crown prince Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, as his successor.
The new emir is in his 70s and also has serious health problems.
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