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"O.K., O.K.," said the big, bald foreman, "now comes Chile." His crew of overalled workmen hefted Chile's red, blue and white banner and set it next to Canada's on the stage of San Francisco's gilded opera house. The workmen had 60 flags, from Afghanistan's to Yugoslavia's, to put in place. The occasion: the United Nations, born in San Francisco in June 1945, was back in its birthplace to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

From Yemen and El Salvador, Iceland and New Zealand, some 260 delegates journeyed to do homage to an organization that has...

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