April 24, 1959

COLD WAR: London, 22 – The government of the Soviet Union has sent a strongly worded message to the United States, emphasizing that its arming of West Germany with missiles, as well as its installation of military bases in other countries of Europe (referring specifically to Germany, Italy, Greece and Turkey) is a threat to the success of a foreign ministers’ meeting in Geneva and a summit meeting. The United States has issued a reply categorically denying the accusations and charging the USSR with hypocrisy. MARGOT FONTEYN: Panama City, 22 – The British dancer Margot Fonteyn was released from custody today after being held for 24 hours on charges of taking part in a conspiracy against the government of Panama. According to reports, Fonteyn has been ordered to leave the country immediately. Aged 39, Fonteyn married Panamanian diplomat Dr Roberto Arias in Paris in February 1955, when she was at the peak of her fame. They had met many years previously when Fonteyn was a student. They were later reunited in New York. Arias, son of a former president of Panama, was appointed ambassador to Britain, resigning his post in March 1958.

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