MIDDLE EAST: King & Killer

In the Old City of Jerusalem, toward noon one day last week, a white-robed old man with piercing eyes and a soldierly bearing walked across the compound of the Mosque of the Rock, believed by the faithful to enclose the rock from which the Prophet Mohamed rode to heaven on a white steed. King Abdullah of Jordan, who traces his descent from the Prophet himself, was making his weekly visit to the shrine to honor the Prophet and the memory of his own father, Hussein, onetime Sherif of Mecca (Custodian of the Holy...

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