The World: Morocco: Bloody Birthday

THOUGH he was once one of the more notorious playboys of the Arab world, Morocco's King Hassan II quickly proved himself a sober ruler when he acceded to the throne more than ten years ago. But the slim, dark-eyed monarch still enjoys a good bash, and he decided to celebrate in style when he turned 42 last week. Accordingly, he invited 500 guests, including Cabinet Ministers, generals and the diplomatic corps, to join him at Skhirat, one of his ten palaces, which is situated at a seaside spa ten miles outside Rabat.

What Hassan did not know was that rebellious junior officers...

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