JORDAN: The Unhappy King

Tewfik Pasha Abul Huda hurriedly summoned a special meeting of Jordan's Parliament in Amman last week and swore all the members to secrecy. Then, as his eyes moistened behind his large, horn-rimmed glasses, the Prime Minister of Jordan told the assembled deputies and senators a sad story.

Their King, 43-year-old Talal, who left a Swiss mental sanitarium ten months ago to succeed his murdered father, Abdullah (TIME, July 7), had suffered a relapse: his clouded mind had grown worse. He begins the day normally enough, but as the hours pass, he becomes depressed and morbidly suspicious. His mind conjures up...

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