Jordan: King Takes a Wife

In barren little Jordan, two-thirds of King Hussein's 1,600,000 subjects are Palestinian refugees who hold no love for the desert-born Hashemite dynasty. Half a million live in filthy camps and are grimly called "the King's immortal guests" because, to get more food rations, they register births but never admit to any deaths. They are fierce Arab nationalists, who tune in on Cairo's Voice of the Arabs and can stage a nasty riot. Last week Hussein risked their displeasure and defied his own royal relatives by taking a British bride.

Relief from Cares. In the three weeks since Hussein's surprise engagement...

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