27.10.2008 - Financial tempest spreads to Gulf states
From IHT: The global economic crisis extended its reach into the Gulf states Sunday, as Kuwait suspended trading in shares of a major bank and the Saudi authorities announced a plan to help citizens receive credit. The Central Bank of Kuwait halted trading in Gulf Bank, one of the country's largest lenders, after a customer defaulted on a derivatives contract. The central bank said it would "strongly support the bank's financial position" and protect depositors, to assure the public that Gulf Bank's business "will not be affected.".... Full Article: Source