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.
Dartmouth professor wins top religion prize
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College professor of physics and astronomy was awarded one of the world's leading religion prizes for blending hard science and deep spirituality in his work, a...
Pompeo reassures Jordan amid Syria drawdown plans
Israeli farmers concerned about Jordan ending land lease
TSOFAR, Israel (AP) — Israeli farmers are voicing concern over Jordan's intention not to renew parts of its landmark peace treaty with Israel that leased out two small border areas for agricultural work.
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.
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.
Trump to welcome Jordan’s king to White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will host Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House next week.
The White House said Thursday that Abdullah and Queen Rania would visit on Monday. The statement said the allies will discuss "terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working towards a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."
Trump’s Mideast team arrives in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian airport officials say President Donald Trump's Mideast team has arrived in Cairo on the latest stop in a regional tour to discuss a blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
The officials say Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt, will meet with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and other Egyptian officials Thursday.
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.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jordan's King Abdullah II that he is committed to the status quo at holy sites in contested Jerusalem, trying to reassure the monarch in a rare meeting after months of strained relations.
They held talks in Jordan ahead of a visit to the region this week by two senior Trump administration officials who are trying to promote a plan for an Israeli-Palestinian deal on partitioning the Holy Land, including Jerusalem.
Qatar promises Jordan jobs and $500M in investments
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's royal court says Qatar's foreign minister has promised to invest $500 million in infrastructure projects in the kingdom and provide 10,000 jobs for Jordanians in his country.
Wednesday's pledge was the latest show of financial support for Jordan, after days of mass protests over planned austerity measures brought down the kingdom's prime minister last week. Earlier this week, three other Gulf states promised a total of $2.5 billion to Jordan over five years.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Three Gulf Arab states pledged $2.5 billion in aid to Jordan on Monday in an effort to stabilize the U.S.-allied kingdom as it faces its worst protests in years over government austerity plans that include tax increases.
The money from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will go toward a deposit in Jordan's Central Bank, cover World Bank guarantees for the kingdom, offer budget support and finance other development projects.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it will host a meeting among several Gulf Arab countries to offer support to Jordan after it faced mass protests over the kingdom's economic problems and its plans to tax its citizens.
The Saudi Royal Court said the meeting Sunday in Mecca would include Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's incoming prime minister said Wednesday he will work with different parties on a fair tax system, suggesting he will be responsive to criticism of a tax plan that forced out his predecessor.
Omar Razzaz posted the conciliatory message on Twitter a day after Jordan's King Abdullah II appointed him to the post. Razzaz, considered a reformer, replaces Hani Mulki, who quit amid mounting protests against a tax plan viewed as unfair to the poor and the middle class.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday appointed a new prime minister, the royal palace said, naming a leading reformer as head of government in hopes of quelling the largest anti-government protests in recent years.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on the crisis in Jordan (all times local):
Jordan's King Abdullah II has appointed Cabinet member Omar Razzaz, a leading reformer and former senior World Bank official, as the country's new prime minister.
The royal court announced the appointment on Tuesday.
Razzaz will replace Hani Mulki, who resigned Monday amid widening protests over the government's austerity measures, including a planned tax increase.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II on Monday accepted the resignation of his embattled prime minister and reportedly tapped a leading reformer as a successor, hoping to quell the largest anti-government protests in recent years, which are also seen as a potential challenge to his two-decade-old rule.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — International senior officials and experts have gathered in the capital of Albania to discuss coordinated efforts in the fight against terrorism.
The gathering on combating violent extremism held Monday in Tirana was the first consultation held outside Jordan as part of the Aqaba Meetings, launched by Jordan's King Abdullah II in 2015.
The king, who is dealing with large protests in Jordan, was expected at the meeting but replaced by Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Jordan (all times local):
Jordan's royal palace says King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Hani Mulki.
Mulki submitted his resignation to Abdullah earlier on Monday, in the wake of the largest anti-government protests since 2011. Thousands have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against a planned tax increase and a series of price hikes for basics such as fuel and electricity.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Thousands of Jordanians protested against a planned tax increase for a fourth straight day Sunday, marching toward the office of the prime minister and demanding his resignation.
King Abdullah II asked Prime Minister Hani Mulki to report to the royal palace Monday, the military's website Hala Ahbar reported, raising speculation he might be sacked.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Several thousand Jordanians have joined the largest protest yet against the government's recent austerity measures, including price hikes and planned tax increases.
Riot police scuffled with demonstrators late Saturday and fired several tear gas volleys to keep them away from the prime minister's office. Protesters chanted, "The people want to topple the government."
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hundreds of Jordanians have protested against government-ordered price and tax increases, scuffling with police outside the prime minister's office.
Demonstrators chanted "the people want to topple the government" late Friday as helmeted police pushed them away from the building.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Russian helicopter billed as the largest in the world was a central attraction at an international homeland security conference and weapons exhibition held in Jordan.
More than 350 companies from 35 countries were represented at the four-day Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) which ends Thursday. Organizers say 99 delegations from 53 countries attended.
It was the 12th conference since Jordan's King Abdullah II founded it in 1996.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday that he hopes to upgrade Tokyo's ties with the kingdom into a strategic partnership.
Abe told the monarch that "Jordan's stability is indispensable for regional stability," and that Japan will provide as much aid as possible to ensure the country's economic and social stability. The Japanese prime minister was accompanied by a delegation of business leaders.
King says Jordanians ’let down” by international community
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II says that "life for Jordanians today is very, very tough" as a result of a large refugee influx and that he feels the international community has "let down our people."
He spoke to Russia's TASS news agency in comments published Tuesday, ahead of a trip to Russia.
Jordan’s king arrives in Pakistan for talks with officials
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign ministry says Jordan's King Abdullah II has arrived in the capital, Islamabad, to meet top government officials.
Abdullah was received on his arrival at the airport on Thursday by Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain. A statement issued by Hussain's office says the king will also meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
The ministry says regional and international matters of mutual interest will be discussed.
Jordan king vows to stick up for Palestinians on Jerusalem
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king has assured the Palestinians he will defend their "legitimate rights" to independence and a capital in east Jerusalem in dealings with the international community.
Abdullah II met Monday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is pushing back against last month's U.S. recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Jordan king calls for Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king affirmed his support Sunday for establishing a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, highlighting his differences with the Trump administration on a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Abdullah II spoke at the start of a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who also expressed concern about President Donald Trump's recognition last month of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Cyprus, Greece and Jordan aim to bolster region’s security
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan pledged a new partnership Tuesday with tighter cooperation on fighting terrorism, and rallied international support for countries hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said that three-way talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras aimed to jointly bolster security in the eastern Mediterranean.
Pence to visit Middle East this month following postponement
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Egypt, Jordan and Israel this month after postponing a trip to the Middle East in December following President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the White House announced Monday.
Muslim leaders to convene extraordinary summit for Jerusalem
ISTANBUL (AP) — Leaders and high-ranking officials of Muslim countries will meet Wednesday in Istanbul for an extraordinary summit to discuss "repercussions" from the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation session aims to produce a "unified Islamic position." The umbrella organization of 57-members called U.S. President Donald Trump's statement last week an "illegal decision" and a "serious escalation."
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West Africa is focus of Jordan counter-terrorism conference
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's state news agency says King Abdullah II is hosting a high-level conference on fighting terrorism and extremist ideologies, particularly in West Africa.
The Petra agency said Friday that the weekend gathering in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba is to be attended by presidents of several West African countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, senior officials from Europe and Latin America as well as representatives of international organizations.
Iraqi Shiite leader meets with Jordan king in rare visit
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king met Monday with an influential Iraqi Shiite leader, as the United States stepped up efforts to contain the influence of Shiite-led Iran in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally and leader of the region's camp of Sunni Muslim states that also includes Jordan, is concerned about the influence of its regional rival Iran in Iraq.
Iran has backed Shiite militias fighting against the Islamic State group in Iraq.
Jordan’s king endorses Palestinian reconciliation deal
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king on Sunday endorsed a fledgling Palestinian reconciliation agreement that is meant to end a decade-old political and ideological split between rivals Hamas and Fatah.
King Abdullah II expressed support for the Egyptian-brokered deal after meeting Sunday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads Fatah.
The Islamic militant Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007, leaving Abbas with autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Jordan king links Syria border opening to better security
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II says he is "deeply concerned" with the situation in southern Syria and that his country's border with Syria would only reopen "when the right security conditions materialize on the ground."
The monarch told the state news agency Petra in an interview published Thursday that the military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria "could push it south toward Jordan" and that Jordan's top priority is to protect its border.
Dry Jordan launches project to grow crops from seawater
AQABA, Jordan (AP) — Water-poor Jordan has launched a project using seawater to produce crops with clean energy.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, which contributed most of the $3.7 million cost, inaugurated the facility Thursday in the kingdom's Red Sea port city of Aqaba.
Haakon told reporters he was "impressed by the way innovative ideas have been translated into a plant the size of four football fields."
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Jordan's king flew by helicopter to the West Bank on Monday — a rare and brief visit seen as a signal to Israel that he is closing ranks with the Palestinians on key issues, such as a contested Jerusalem shrine.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Abdullah II met for about two hours, after a red-carpet welcome for the monarch at the Palestinian government compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian official says Jordan's King Abdullah II is visiting the West Bank on Monday for the first time in five years.
The official, Mohammed Ishtayeh, said Sunday that the monarch is to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The rare visit is seen as a closing of ranks on a key issue — the fate of a contested Jerusalem shrine at the center of recent Israeli-Jordanian and Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments at a contested shrine in Jerusalem (all times local):
Jordan's King Abdullah II has told President Donald Trump that further coordination is important to prevent renewed tensions over a contested Jerusalem shrine.
The Royal Court says the monarch also told Trump in a phone call Friday that he valued the "key role" the U.S played in defusing the latest crisis.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II lashed out at Israel's prime minister on Thursday, saying everyone in the kingdom was "infuriated" by what he called "unacceptable and provocative behavior" in connection with a deadly shooting at Israel's Embassy in Amman earlier this week.
The monarch's unusually harsh language appeared aimed, in part, at defusing widespread anger in Jordan over the shooting in which an Israeli Embassy guard killed two Jordanians, including a 16-year-old.
Fathers of slain US soldiers attend trial in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Four more witnesses testified before a Jordanian military court Sunday morning in the fourth hearing of a Jordanian soldier charged with murder in the shooting of three U.S. military trainers.
The U.S. Army Green Berets were killed when their convoy came under fire at the gate of an air base in southern Jordan in November.
CAIRO (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II has visited Egypt to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace prospects for the region.
Wednesday's talks in Cairo were also expected to touch upon the upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia by U.S. President Donald Trump.
The Egyptian presidency spokesman, Alaa Youssef, says Abdullah met with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in efforts to capitalize on the momentum for a Mideast peace push created by the new U.S. administration.