Algeria: A Hex?

Things began going wrong almost from the moment Gamal Abdel Nasser sailed into Algiers harbor to begin his state visit. The day he arrived, an Algerian minesweeper that had escorted Nasser's yacht sank with the loss of three crewmen. Then a pall was cast over the celebrations by the death of Algeria's Foreign Minister Mohammed Khemisti, who had been shot by a crazed assassin (see MILESTONES). On top of all that, a most unusual tornado swept across the country, killing twelve Algerians in one village. Many a superstitious Algerian peasant was convinced that the Egyptian visitor...

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