Attacker stabs 8 at popular Jordanian tourist site

Asia & Pacific 11/06/19, 10:58

A lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan, security officials said. The incident in Jerash, one of the country's most visited destinations, threatened to cast a shadow over the vital tourism industry. The wounded included three ...

The CIA may have lacked consensus that Putin aimed to help Donald Trump

U.S. 06/22/19, 14:46

Details of the Justice Department’s multiple investigations into the origin of the FBI’s Russia probe, along with its surveillance of the president and his staff, are being kept secret for the time being. However, information has recently started to spread within Congress that senior officers at the CIA lacked consensus as ...

White House adviser Kushner in Jordan to promote peace plan

World 05/29/19, 08:51

Presidential adviser Jared Kushner is in Jordan as he tries to rally Arab support for a U.S. peace conference next month in Bahrain.Jordan, a key U.S. ally, has not yet said whether it will attend.Kushner, who arrived from Morocco, has said the conference will focus on the economic foundations of ...

Jordan king cancels Romania trip over Jerusalem declaration

Europe 03/25/19, 06:48

Jordan's King Abdullah II has canceled a visit to Romania to protest its prime minister's support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.The Royal Hashemite Court said Monday that the decision came "in solidarity with Jerusalem." Abdullah was scheduled to visit Romania later in the day.On Sunday, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica ...

Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost

Asia & Pacific 01/23/19, 01:20

A decade after discovering natural gas fields off its Mediterranean coast, Israel is starting to feel the geopolitical boost.Its newfound riches have fostered economic bonds with its neighbors, tightening relations with Arab allies, and built new bridges in a historically hostile region — even without significant progress being made toward ...

Pompeo’s Mideast trip comes on heels of Trump Syria decision

Politics 01/04/19, 09:02

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Middle East next week in an effort to shore up support from America's Arab allies. The State Department says Pompeo will visit eight countries in the region, starting with Jordan and ending in Kuwait. It'll be Pompeo's first Mideast trip since President Donald ...

A taste of home: Syrian TV-chef opens restaurant in Berlin

Europe 12/24/18, 06:08

Tucked away in a former fast-food kiosk in the German capital lies a new restaurant whose owner hopes will provide a taste of home for the thousands of new arrivals who have fled Syria's brutal civil war.After fleeing her homeland, Malakeh Jazmati reinvented herself in Jordan as a TV chef ...

Cyprus, Greece, Jordan look to enhance trade, security ties

Europe 12/19/18, 09:32

Jordan's foreign affairs minister says his country is seeking closer ties with Greece and Cyprus as part of a strategy to bolster regional peace and security and promote economic cooperation.Ayman Safadi says Jordan's King Abdullah is keen on expanding this partnership in "every possible direction."Safadi was speaking Wednesday after talks ...

Russia says 114,000 Syrians returned home in 2018

World 12/11/18, 13:54

Nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have returned home this year, the Russian military said Tuesday, a mere fraction of the nearly 6 million who have fled the country since the start of the seven-year conflict. U.N. agencies said they need $5.5 billion in the coming year to support Syrian refugees in ...

Jordan opens shelter as flash flood death toll climbs to 12

World 11/10/18, 09:01

The death toll from flash floods in Jordan rose to 12 on Saturday and the kingdom's main tourist attraction, the ancient city of Petra, was closed for cleanup after what local officials said was the biggest deluge in the area in decades.Friday's floods struck several areas of Jordan. Rescuers continued ...

Death toll in Jordan flood rises to 19 as boy’s body found

World 10/26/18, 03:54

Jordanian rescuers searching the Dead Sea area for survivors of flash floods have found the body of a 12-year-old boy, raising the death toll to 19.The body was recovered early Friday, a day after middle school students and teachers visiting hot springs in the area were swept away by the ...

Floods sweep away students, teachers near Dead Sea, 18 dead

World 10/25/18, 11:06

Flash floods unleashed by heavy rains swept away middle school students and teachers visiting hot springs near the Dead Sea on Thursday, killing 18 and injuring 35 as the torrent carried some for several kilometers, a civil defense official said.Thirteen people escaped without injuries, said Brig. Gen. Farid al-Sharaa, speaking ...

Syria says vital border crossing with Jordan to reopen

World 09/29/18, 03:02

Preparations to reopen a vital border crossing between Syria and Jordan have been completed, setting the stage for its reopening next month, Syria's state-run news agency said Saturday.Earlier, the agency reported that the Naseeb crossing had reopened and that the flow of trucks and transit across the border had begun.But ...

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