North Africa: The Bridge over the River Kiss

For 90 minutes last week Morocco's King Hassan II and Algerian Premier Ahmed ben Bella sat on the balcony of a seafront villa and pretended they liked each other.

They don't. For nearly two years their troops have been skirmishing intermittently for a 500-mile strip of land which was once considered Moroccan, but was handed over to Algeria by the French when they controlled the area. In addition, militant Socialist Ben Bella regards Hassan as a feudal tyrant and has been training guerrillas and encouraging rebellion against him.

For the time being, however,...

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