World: Semi-United They Stand

Undismayed by the United Arab Republic's bitter try at togetherness, Saudi Arabia and Jordan also have the urge to merge. Their alliance, which a Jordanian diplomat described as a "semi-union," was formed last week after three days of talks between crusty old King Saud, 61, and Jordan's gritty young King Hussein, 26, whose Hashemite grandfather King Abdullah was chased out of the Arabian peninsula in 1919 by Saud's father.

The pact between the two dynasties, announced in Saud's summer capital of Taif after the monarchs and their retainers had polished off a barbecued camel, will integrate their armed forces and economic policies....

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