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October 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Crown Prince Henri was sworn in as Luxembourg's new monarch when his father, Grand Duke Jean, stepped down after 36 years at an abdication ceremony attended by royals from Belgium and the Netherlands. Henri, 45, became Luxembourg's sixth grand duke since 1890, when the modern monarchy was established. His father, 79, resigned in order to hand responsibility to his son. Henri pledged allegiance in the parliament, located next door to the grand ducal palace.
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June 16, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Crown Prince Nayif ibn Abdulaziz, head of Saudi Arabia's feared Interior Ministry who after a series of attacks inside the kingdom became a close Washington ally against Al Qaeda, died Saturday, months after he was named heir apparent in the world's leading oil power. Nayif, 78, had long been ailing and his death spurred another royal family jostle for a successor to King Abdullah, who is in his late 80s. Nayif was an authoritarian who backed the country's puritanical Wahabi clerics and cracked down on political dissent, especially over the last year as rumblings of Arab uprisings reached the desert monarchy.
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June 23, 1986 | From Reuters
Thailand's crown prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn, had talks Sunday with President Suharto at the start of a 12-day visit to Indonesia. The prince, who is scheduled to attend the opening today of an Indonesian air show, is on his first trip to Indonesia. He will later tour Java, Sumatra and Bali.
WORLD
October 22, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
The death of the heir to the Saudi throne has cast a spotlight on the aging leadership of the key U.S. ally amid the upheaval of the "Arab Spring" rebellions in the Middle East. Crown Prince Sultan ibn Abdulaziz was at least 80 when he died Friday after years of failing health. He had been the designated successor to Saudi King Abdullah, 87, who has been hospitalized several times in recent years for what the kingdom has termed back problems. Sultan is likely to be succeeded as crown prince by Prince Nayif ibn Abdulaziz, the interior minister and second deputy prime minister, who is in his late 70s. Like Abdullah, Nayif has opposed Islamic militants, but he also favored ultraconservative traditions such as the country's law prohibiting women from driving cars.
WORLD
June 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The ruler of Ras al Khaima, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, removed his eldest son as crown prince, the official Emirates news agency reported. Sheik Sakr ibn Mohammed al Kasimi appointed another son -- Sheik Saud ibn Sakr al Kasimi -- as his new successor, replacing Sheik Khalid ibn Sakr al Kasimi, the agency reported. It gave no reason.
NEWS
October 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Nepal's new King Gyanendra named his only son as heir to the throne in a public move to shore up the succession after the June massacre of most of the royal family, including the crown prince. The formal appointment of Prince Paras, announced on state television, underlined a shift away from his image as a playboy since the rampage by Crown Prince Dipendra. Paras, 28, the only son of King Gyanendra and Queen Komal, has remained a source of public embarrassment for the royal family.
WORLD
November 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Jordan's King Abdullah II stripped his half brother and heir apparent of the title of crown prince in an abrupt shake-up. In an emotional televised message, Abdullah told Prince Hamzeh -- a 24-year-old American college student and favorite of the late King Hussein -- that he had decided to release him "from the constraints of the position of crown prince in order to give you the freedom to work and undertake any mission or responsibility I entrust you with."
WORLD
May 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah vowed to hunt down militants for "decades" if necessary, and warned Saudis not to sympathize with the attackers who are bent on toppling the ruling family. "By the will of God, we will track down these people however long it takes -- 20 years, 30 years, decades or even more," the kingdom's de facto ruler said. "We cannot be lenient with this deviant faction," he said.
NEWS
December 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Norway's Crown Prince Haakon said he will marry his girlfriend, Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby, a single mother who has a son from a former relationship. "We have decided that we will get married on Aug. 25, 2001," Haakon, 27, with his fiancee, also 27, beside him, announced in Oslo. Their romance has been controversial: The prince irked conservatives and some bishops in the state Protestant Church in September with his decision to live with Tjessem Hoiby.
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September 22, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The Japanese Cabinet today formally transferred the official duties of the ailing Emperor Hirohito to his son, Crown Prince Akihito, a government spokesman said. Chief government spokesman Keizo Obuchi told reporters this morning that the 87-year-old emperor health's was unchanged from Wednesday. At that time, Hirohito's chief doctor said the monarch's condition "clearly stabilized" after an intestinal hemorrhage caused the emperor to vomit blood.
WORLD
June 8, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
President Obama pressed Bahrain's crown prince to ease the Persian Gulf state's brutal crackdown on its political opposition and urged him to "hold accountable" those responsible for human-rights abuses against unarmed demonstrators. In an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with Salman bin Hamad Khalifa, Obama welcomed the kingdom's decision to lift emergency security measures that were imposed to quell the protests, as well as its announcement that the government and its opponents would begin talks on political reform, the White House said in a statement.
SPORTS
February 21, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
The crown prince of Bahrain called off Formula One's season-opening race Monday, handing another victory to protesters aiming to break the ruling dynasty's stranglehold on power in the Persian Gulf kingdom. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa owns the rights to the grand prix and serves as commander of the armed forces in an island country where at least eight protesters have been killed in a week of unrest. Angry protesters, who see the Bahrain GP as particularly meaningful to him, wanted the March 13 race dropped.
WORLD
February 19, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Protesters celebrated Saturday in Bahrain when police and soldiers withdrew from Manama's symbolic Pearl Square, allowing young Shiite Muslims eager for a larger role in Bahraini society to take back their central stage. "The police backed down when they saw thousands of people coming from four directions," said one demonstrator. Confrontations gave way to a massive party as protesters chanted, hugged and waved yellow and red plastic flowers. Hundreds of Bahraini flags fluttered in the wind.
WORLD
December 28, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
It's tough being an unemployed king, especially when your son's Wild West antics undermine any chance of getting your crown back. This month, deposed Nepali King Gyanendra Shah, 63, watched those hopes go up in the smoke from his son's pistol. In a fit of pique, wannabe-crown prince Paras Shah fired into the air at a hotel dinner, embarrassing the family after months of carefully scripted appearances by father and son. "The resort incident has once again reminded the Nepali people that their former crown prince is still a trigger-happy guy, someone who cannot control himself once he is under the influence," the Republica newspaper wrote.
SPORTS
September 27, 2009 | MARK HEISLER, ON THE NBA
So much for the Lakers' post-soap opera phase. Last season was pretty exciting with the team winning a title, but, as their fans can tell you, it still came up short on drama. The franchise, which once featured a war of titans between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, was reduced to Sasha Vujacic and Jordan Farmar, who were more like first-graders who wouldn't share. Happily, or not, entertainment value is once more not an issue as the team opens camp this week with everyone wondering how the newest member of the Lakers Family will fit in. No, not Ron Artest.
WORLD
July 3, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
King Abdullah appointed his eldest son, Hussein, heir to the throne, a palace statement said. Hussein, 15, would "immediately assume the title and privileges of his post," his father said in a royal decree. The post of crown prince had been vacant since Abdullah sacked his half-brother Prince Hamza in 2004, a move that consolidated his power.
NEWS
October 6, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crown Prince Alexander arrived Saturday in the ancestral Serbian homeland he had never seen before, where deeply troubled followers unsure they want his intervention in the deadly Yugoslav civil war heard him vow to bring peace. Although tens of thousands of cheering supporters flocked to welcome the exiled prince, Serbia's Communist leadership fought against his short but symbolic visit and has shown no signs it will heed his calls for negotiating an end to the bloody conflict.
WORLD
July 3, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
King Abdullah appointed his eldest son, Hussein, heir to the throne, a palace statement said. Hussein, 15, would "immediately assume the title and privileges of his post," his father said in a royal decree. The post of crown prince had been vacant since Abdullah sacked his half-brother Prince Hamza in 2004, a move that consolidated his power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, 78, a former Kuwaiti emir who ruled the small oil-rich kingdom for nine days in 2006 before being removed because of ill health, died Tuesday in Kuwait City, state television reported. As crown prince, Saad automatically became ruler when his distant cousin and then emir, Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, died Jan. 15, 2006. But it became increasingly clear that Saad's poor health would not allow him to carry out his new responsibilities. His health started deteriorating after he suffered colon bleeding in 1997.
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