SAUDI ARABIA: The King's Favor

In the midst of the intricacies of Arab diplomacy, myopic, 55-year-old King Saud found time for love. Last week Beirut's Al Hawadis broke the news that Saud planned to acquire a new wife: 17-year-old Ferial Solh, niece of Lebanese Premier Sami Solh.

The romance began three weeks ago. On a diplomatic visit to Beirut, Saud called at Premier Sami Solh's home and found Ferial baby-sitting with the Premier's grandchildren. Ferial is a chestnut-haired beauty with brownish-green eyes, a slender waist and notable bosom. Though he already has four wives* and upwards of 80...

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