Greece: Under the Knife

Greece's King Paul has been ailing for some time. He recovered slowly from an appendectomy last May, and an illness officially diagnosed as lumbago forced him to cancel all recent public appearances. Last week, looking haggard and pained, Paul managed to attend the swearing in of the government of new Premier George Papandreou. That over, Paul abruptly took to his bed, named his only son, Constantine, 23, Regent of Greece, and temporarily stepped down from the throne to undergo a stomach operation.

Court physicians claimed that the King was suffering from an old...

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