German minister discusses Mideast conflict on Jordan visit
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister has reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a visit to neighboring Jordan.
Jordan summons Israeli envoy over holy site clashes
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan has summoned Israel's ambassador to protest "Israeli violations" at a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A top U.N. official warned Monday that Yemen's devastating five-year civil war has knocked the country back 20 years in terms of development and access to...
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king is standing by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ahead of a meeting in Amman with White House's Mideast adviser Jared Kushner.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's prime minister says an economic deal cannot be a substitute for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, echoing concerns by critics of the U.S. peace...
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On a high school trip to Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky...
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Netflix's first Arabic original series, the supernatural teen drama "Jinn," has debuted worldwide with much fanfare, but sparked uproar in Jordan where it is...
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says it has not decided whether to attend the Trump administration's Mideast peace conference, appearing to contradict White House claims.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Wednesday stood by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exposing a rift with the United States as the Trump administration tries to rally Arab...
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hollywood star Will Smith says that Disney's live-action remake of "Aladdin" was "one of, if not the best experience" of his accomplished 30-year career.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II has approved a cabinet shuffle amid escalating economic pressures, bringing new officials into such key portfolios as interior, planning and...
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — King Abdullah II of Jordan has reshuffled his top brass amid fears of instability in the Arab country.
The most prominent change reported this week by state news agency...
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Thousands of Jordanians have protested against the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and against the escalation of hostilities between...
Jordan king cancels Romania trip over Jerusalem remarks
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II has canceled a visit Monday to Romania to protest its prime minister's support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Jordanian suspects appear in court over August attack
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Fourteen suspected militants have appeared in a Jordanian court to face charges linked to an attack on security forces last August.
Jordanian king vows to protect Jerusalem holy sites
ZARQA, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II is vowing to keep protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, calling it a "red line" for his country.
Jordan’s Prince Ali calls for blocking Afghan candidates
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Asian soccer official Prince Ali of Jordan says candidates from Afghanistan should be barred from elections while implicated in their federation's "current...
Yemen negotiators agree to begin handover of civil war dead
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Negotiators say Yemen's warring sides agreed to exchange bodies of some of those killed in the country's 4-year-old civil war.
Representatives of Yemen's internationally recognized government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they agreed Friday that each side will hand over 1,000 bodies in three stages. The first stage will see the release of bodies from morgues.
Top Jordanian politicians arrested on corruption charges
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's state security court has arrested several high-profile politicians on charges of illegal tobacco production, smuggling and bribery.
State media report that former Water and Irrigation Minister Mounir Aweys and former Director of Customs Wadah al-Hamoud, among other officials, were indicted Wednesday.
The case, dubbed the "cigarette scandal," involved the selling of counterfeit cigarettes worth millions of dollars.
The Latest: UN: Yemen monitor safe after reported shooting
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Yemen (all times local):
The U.N. spokesman says the head of the U.N. mission charged with monitoring a cease-fire and the withdrawal of rival forces from Yemen's key port of Hodeida and his team are safe following a reported shooting incident.
Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations is seeking details of Thursday's incident involving retired Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert and his staff.
UN says Yemen’s warring parties meeting in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Representatives of Yemen's warring sides have arrived in the Jordanian capital for talks on implementing a prisoners exchange agreed to in Sweden last month.
Hanan Elbadawi, spokeswoman for U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths said Wednesday the two-day meeting between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government is a "technical one."
Jordan agrees to host Yemen talks about prisoner exchange
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says it has agreed to host U.N-brokered negotiations between Yemen's warring sides about a prisoner exchange.
The kingdom's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Jordan accepted a request by the special U.N. envoy for Yemen to host the talks but did not say when they would be held.
Pompeo starts Middle East visit to ramp up pressure on Iran
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Trump administration is doubling down on commercial and diplomatic efforts in the coming weeks to "put real pressure on Iran," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the start of a Mideast tour Tuesday.
Pompeo is meeting with U.S. allies in the region, including stops in Jordan, Egypt and several Gulf nations, to coordinate an anti-Iran campaign.
In 2019, Mideast economic troubles loom as wars wind down
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As the Middle East ushers in 2019, the decade's ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seem to be winding down after exacting a painful price — many thousands killed, millions uprooted from their homes and entire cities reduced to rubble.
Protesters, police scuffle in anti-tax protests in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hundreds of people have protested in Jordan's capital against the government's planned tax increases and high youth unemployment.
Some protesters near the prime minister's office scuffled with riot police who fired several rounds of tear gas. Several people dropped to the ground in coughing fits.
It marked the first time police and protesters clashed since regular Thursday night protests resumed several weeks ago.
UN Syria envoy: Work ongoing for constitutional committee
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. Special envoy for Syria said Monday work is still ongoing to form a committee meant to draft a new constitution before the end of the year, adding that hurdles remain in place.
UN sends aid to hundreds of thousands in war-torn Syria
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Nations has begun sending desperately needed aid from Jordan to hundreds of thousands of civilians in war-torn Syria.
The U.N.'s humanitarian office said on Sunday that 369 trucks will carry one month's worth of supplies to Syria. It's the first cross-border aid shipment since the Syrian government recaptured a trade crossing with Jordan from Syrian rebels and reopened it in October.
Hundreds of Jordanians seek PM resignation, protest tax plan
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have called on the Jordanian prime minister to resign over his tax policies and perceived failure to improve the country's economy.
Friday's protests in Jordan's capital of Amman came several months after Omar Razzaz' predecessor was toppled in large-scale protests against a tax reform plan. Critics at the time said the reforms disproportionately hit the poor and middle class.
Jordan sentences 10 for 2016 castle attack claimed by IS
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's state security court sentenced 10 defendants to prison on Tuesday, with terms ranging from three years to life, for their role in an Islamic State attack on a popular tourist site that killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist.
The December 2016 attack on the Karak castle in southern Jordan marked the first time IS extremists claimed responsibility for a large-scale attack on a civilian site in Jordan.
Death toll in Jordan flood up to 13 after girl’s body found
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian search teams have found the body of a five-year-old girl, bringing the death toll from last week's flash floods in the kingdom to 13.
The state news agency Petra says the girl was found Monday, a day after her father and four of her sisters — also flood victims — were buried.
Petra says the girl was discovered by searchers in a valley in the Madaba district, south of the capital, Amman.
Floods kill 7 in Jordan, visitors seek high ground in Petra
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Flash floods caused by heavy rain across Jordan killed seven people Friday and forced hundreds of tourists to seek higher ground in the kingdom's ancient city of Petra, government officials and official media said.
About two dozen people were hurt and dozens more evacuated from their homes in several locations in the kingdom, as flood waters rose rapidly.
Last body in Jordan flash flood identified, final toll at 21
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A pathologist says the last of 21 victims of a recent flash flood in Jordan has been identified after DNA testing showed that one family inadvertently buried the wrong child.
The flood, caused by heavy rains, had swept away middle school students and their teachers while they were visiting hot springs near the Dead Sea on Thursday.
Twenty victims were swiftly buried, but the body of one girl could not immediately be identified.
Death toll in Jordan flood rises to 20, mostly children
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The death toll from flash floods near Jordan's shore of the Dead Sea rose to 20 on Friday, in what Civil Defense officials said was one of the deadliest incidents in the kingdom involving schoolchildren.
The search for survivors continued after daybreak, with helicopters and teams with sniffer dogs scouring the rocky slopes near the Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley.
Jordan cancels part of peace agreement with Israel
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday said he has decided not to renew parts of his country's landmark peace treaty with Israel.
Abdullah released a statement that he intends to pull out of two annexes from the 1994 peace agreement that allowed Israel to lease two small areas, Baqura and Ghamr, from the Jordanians for 25 years. The leases expire next year, and the deadline for renewing them is Thursday.
Yemeni officials: Rebels release slain ex-president’s sons
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels on Wednesday released two sons of late former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni officials said.
Omani officials and the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, helped negotiate the release of Salah and Madian Saleh, the officials said. Both sons were being flown to Jordan's capital, Amman, they said.
Daughters of 9/11 victim visit Guantanamo Bay
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — "It's my last first day of school for a while," 22-year-old Jessica Bram Murphy says from the campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
She is filled with enthusiasm as she begins her final year of college.
Suspects in latest Jordan attack are homegrown militants
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Suspected militants who killed five members of Jordan's security forces over the weekend are Jordanian citizens who support the ideology of the Islamic State group, but don't have proven links to foreign funding or foreign extremist organizations, officials said Monday.
The Latest: Death toll for Jordan troops in clash rises to 4
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Jordan after a deadly shootout between Jordanian forces, suspected militants (all times local):
A Jordanian official says the number of troops killed during a raid of a suspected militant hideout has risen to four.
3 Jordan policemen killed in storming of militants’ hideout
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Three members of Jordan's security forces were killed Saturday when they stormed a hideout of suspected militants that had been rigged with explosives, the government spokeswoman said.
The officers had been chasing suspects in an explosion a day earlier in which a policeman was killed. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz portrayed Friday's bombing as a "terrorist attack."
The Latest: Jordan official says 3 police killed in raid
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Jordan (all times local):
Jordan's government spokeswoman says the number of police officers killed in the storming of a suspected militants' hideout has risen to three.
Police had been chasing suspects in a bombing attack Friday in which a police officer was killed. The government has called the bombing a "terrorist attack."
On Saturday, security forces raided buildings west of the capital of Amman as part of the manhunt.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Even as Russia pushes to repatriate Syrians who fled their country amid civil war, many of the refugees in Jordan said Thursday they will not return before the war has ended and their safety is assured.
Some Syrians interviewed in Amman also said they don't trust Russia as a mediator because it helped President Bashar Assad retake large swaths of territory from fighters who revolted against him.
New Jordanian government wins vote of confidence
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's House of Representatives has given a vote of confidence to a new government that was formed after nationwide protests.
Prime Minister Omar Razzaz's cabinet received a 79-42 vote Thursday after five days of deliberations by parliament's lower house. Six members were not present for the vote and two abstained.
Widespread protests over a plan to increase the country's income tax toppled the previous government last month.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's foreign minister said on Monday that he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart over the conflict in Syria, where the latest government offensive in the country's south has displaced 270,000 people, according to a U.N. official.
JABIR AS SIRHAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's prime minister visited a key crossing with Syria on Sunday, inspecting aid deliveries by the Jordanian army to the tens of thousands of displaced Syrians gathering at the border Amman has kept sealed.
Jordanian army trucks streamed slowly to the Jabir border crossing in northern Jordan, carrying tents and medical supplies. Two ambulances carrying injured Syrians crossed into Jordan.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian refugee Mahmoud Mansour fears he and his family will get stuck in Jordan instead of resettling in the United States, and this week's Supreme Court ruling on the Trump administration travel ban added to his dread.
The ruling upholding the entry ban for residents from seven countries, including Syria, doesn't directly kill the Mansours' chances of joining family members in the U.S.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Britain's Prince William on Sunday praised "historic ties and friendship" with Jordan and the kingdom's commitment to Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as he began a historic five-day tour that also includes Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.
She arrived later in the Lebanese capital Beirut, another major Middle Eastern refugee host country, where she was expected to meet officials, businessmen and representatives of U.N. organizations during a two-day visit.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Blockaded Gaza — a likely focal point of any future U.S.-endorsed Palestinian entity — has been sinking deeper into a humanitarian crisis in recent months, while cross-border violence between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel flared again this week.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, kicked off a swing through the Middle East on Tuesday, meeting with Jordan's king as part of a broader effort to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
Kushner and White House envoy Jason Greenblatt held talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II, a key U.S. ally.