Algeria: Building an Image

For three hours at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, looking youthful and a little bewildered under glaring lights, stood Algerian Premier Ahmed ben Bella, 42, shaking hands with 1,500 guests. The reception marking Algeria's admission to the U.N. was a kind of diplomatic coming-out party for the man who had won control of his embattled country, and the U.S. last week got a chance to take a closer look at the man under the lights.

His image was shadowed by his intention to visit Fidel Castro in Cuba just two days after meeting President Kennedy in the White House. One of...

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