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Syrian Refugees Killed in Heater Accident in Jordan

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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At least seven Syrian refugees were killed Wednesday in Jordan when a kerosene heater caused a fire in a refugee camp. Civil defense officials say four other refugees were injured in the accident in a caravan in the King Hussein area in the northern city of Ramtha. Jordan houses more than 200,000 refugees who fled […]

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Jordan Arrests 11 in Alleged Al-Qaida Plot

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Jordanian officials say state security forces have arrested 11 people in connection with what they call an al-Qaida-linked plot to bomb shopping centers and attack Western diplomatic posts in the capital, Amman. Government spokesman Sameeh Maaytah told reporters Sunday that the group had been working since June, and planned to carry out the attacks with […]

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Thousands Gather in Jordan Calling for Reform

Posted October 5th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people have gathered in Jordan’s capital to protest the slow pace of constitutional reforms in the country. Protesters raised flags and banners and chanted anti-government slogans during the demonstration Friday in Amman. The rally was organized by Jordan’s main Islamist opposition party, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is calling for a more democratic parliament. […]

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US, Jordan Vow Close Cooperation on Mideast Peace

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama met with Jordan’s King Abdullah at the White House Tuesday, and both leaders pledged to consult closely to try to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. President Obama said the U.S. and Jordan will encourage the two sides to come back to the table and negotiate in what he described as “a […]

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Obama, Jordan’s King Abdullah to Discuss Mideast Crises

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah at the White House Tuesday at a time of numerous crises in the Middle East. Announcing the meeting last week, White House spokesman Jay Carney named the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as one of the main topics of discussion. Jordan has been mediating talks to bring the […]

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Jordan King to Visit West Bank

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Jordan’s King Abdullah will make a rare visit to the West Bank Monday to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for talks on the latest political developments in the region. Jordanian officials said the visit comes “in the context of Jordan’s support for the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people to achieve creation of […]

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Jordan’s Prime Minister Resigns

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Jordanian government officials say the prime minister has resigned. Officials said Monday that King Abdullah plans to ask Awn al-Khasawneh, a judge in the International Court of Justice, to succeed Marouf al-Bakhit as prime minister and form a new Cabinet. The change comes a day after a majority of parliament members called on the king […]

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Jordanians Rally For Reforms

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Several hundred Jordanians rallied for political reforms in the capital, Amman, on Friday. Some burned an American flag to protest against what they called U.S. interference in their reformist movement. Others denounced what they said were attacks on freedom of the press. Last week, several journalists were among those injured after police with batons moved […]

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Jordan Announces Arrests in Protest Crackdown

Posted July 16th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Four police officers in Jordan have been arrested in connection to a protest crackdown that left journalists and civilians injured. The state-run Petra news agency announced the arrests on Saturday, a day after police with batons moved in on anti-government demonstrators in Amman. Witnesses said at least 10 people were wounded during the confrontation. The […]

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Government Supporters, Opponents Clash in Jordan

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pro-reform demonstrators in Jordan clashed Friday with police and government supporters. The unrest erupted in the capital, Amman, after hundreds of people took to the streets where they urged the government to meet their demands for change. Witnesses say government supporters confronted the group and then police moved in wielding batons, apparently to stop the […]

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