LIBYA: Family Troubles

As if it were not enough that a plague of locusts threatened some 300,000 of his subjects with starvation, Libya's 65-year-old King Idris himself was plagued with family troubles. In the first place, his wife, Queen Fatima, 40, had given him no son and heir. Then too, the entire royal family was jealous of the trust the old King put in his chief adviser, Ibrahim el-Shalhi, who wanted to marry the King off to his own daughter. Last fall a nephew of the Queen shot the adviser dead.

Fatima's nephew was executed for his...

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