MIDDLE EAST: The Kings Meet

Torrential rains turned Baghdad's ancient streets into a morass of mud, splashed monotonously on the broad, glossy leaves of the eucalyptus trees that screen the chocolate-colored walls of Al Zuhour palace from public view. Al Zu-hour palace is the birthplace of Iraq's 22-year-old Hashemite King Feisal, whose line has waged a blood feud intermittently for over half a century with the usurping Sauds of Arabia. But last week, for seven busy and significant days, the palace served as a royal guest house for King Saud of Saudi Arabia.

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