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A Kuwaiti court sentenced six Shia Muslims to death and eight others to jail terms after convicting them of sabotaging oil installations and plotting against the government. Two of the six sentenced to death are fugitives. Seventeen other pro-Iranian Shias were convicted three years ago of bombing the U.S. and French embassies and other targets in Kuwait in 1983. Islamic Jihad (Islamic Holy War), a radical Shia Muslim organization that holds American and other foreign hostages in Lebanon, has repeatedly demanded that Kuwait free the 17 in return for the release of its captives. Kuwait has refused.

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