April 20, 1988 |
Hijackers holding a Kuwaiti jumbo jet at Algiers airport put one of their royal hostages on the cockpit radio Tuesday to make another appeal to Kuwait to meet their demand for the release of 17 convicted terrorists. As the hijacking entered its third week, there was no outward sign of progress in the negotiations to end the ordeal for the 31 hostages, who include three members of Kuwait's ruling family.
April 18, 1988 |
A member of Kuwait's Royal Family spoke today from the hijacked Kuwaiti jetliner and pleaded with his government to yield to the gunmen's demands to end the two-week ordeal. Most of the brief radio message from Fadel Khaled al Sabah was impossible to understand, except for the part about their demand that Kuwait free 17 pro-Iranian prisoners convicted in the 1983 attacks on the U.S. and French embassies in the Persian Gulf sheikdom.
December 26, 1987 |
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will soon pay an official visit to Kuwait, which resumed diplomatic relations with Cairo last month, Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdel Razak Kandari disclosed. Kandari told reporters Thursday after meeting Mubarak that the Egyptian leader had accepted an invitation from Kuwait's emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah.
May 27, 1985 |
Security forces rounded up suspects across this tiny Persian Gulf emirate Sunday, one day after a suicide car-bomb driver failed in his attempt to kill the ruler of Kuwait. Sheik Jabber al Ahmed al Sabah resumed his regular duties Sunday and met with leaders of other oil-producing gulf countries, who rallied around the Arab monarch. The 58-year-old emir suffered minor injuries; the terrorist and three other people perished in the explosion.
April 22, 1985 |
Voters in the east Malaysian state of Sabah turned Chief Minister Harris Salleh and his government out of office Sunday. Harris' Berjaya party has ruled the timber-producing state of 1 million people on the north shore of the Indonesian island of Borneo for the last nine years. On Sunday, though, it won only three of 32 state assembly seats for which results have been announced. In the last state election in 1981, the party captured 44 of 48 assembly seats.
February 4, 1985 |
Princess Faria al Sabah of Kuwait was given a six-month suspended sentence and fined $2,200 today for thrashing two maids with electric cable and a riding crop. "Your conduct was disgraceful, verging on the barbaric," Judge John Hayman told the 30-year-old princess, who admitted beating the servants for such offenses as sweeping too slowly. "In this country we no longer have maids, let alone assault them," the judge said.