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More repression, fewer jobs: Jordanians face bleak outlook

Oct. 15, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a poorly paid public school teacher, Khaled Jaber always needed a side hustle, working as a private tutor and using his car as a taxi to help pay the bills. For unexpected needs, such as medical expenses, he has had to borrow money from relatives. ...

Jordan's king vows to support Lebanon in meeting with PM

Oct. 10, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II received Lebanon's prime minister in Amman Sunday, saying his country will stand by the small nation and its people during its worst-ever economic crisis. The visit to Jordan by Prime Minister Najib Mikati is his first to...

'Nothing secretive' about Jordan king's real estate, FM says

Oct. 07, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s foreign minister on Thursday pushed back against a report that the country’s monarch, King Abdullah II, went out of his way to hide the purchase of more than a dozen luxury homes worth more than $106 million, saying there was "nothing secretive” about the...

Jordan's king denies impropriety in secret multi-million-dollar purchase of luxury homes, cites security needs

Oct. 04, 2021 05:06 AM EDT
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king denies impropriety in secret multi-million-dollar purchase of luxury homes, cites security needs.

Syria's Assad calls Jordan's king amid thaw in relations

Oct. 03, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II received a call on Sunday from Syrian President Bashar Assad, the first conversation between the two leaders after a decade of strain over Syria's civil war. The call comes amid efforts aimed at boosting cooperation...

Jordan carrier resuming flights to Syria in new sign of thaw

Sep. 28, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s national airline will resume direct flights to Damascus on Oct. 3, Jordan’s state-run news agency reported Tuesday, nearly a decade after flights were suspended because of the war in Syria. The resumption of flights is the latest sign...

Syrian, Jordanian defense officials discuss border security

Sep. 20, 2021 01:36 AM EDT

AMMAN (AP) — Syria’s defense minister met on Sunday with Jordan's army chief in Amman, the Jordanian capital, after Syrian troops captured several rebel-held areas near Jordan’s border, state media reported. The Hala Akhbar news site, which is linked to Jordan’s...

Jordanian court upholds convictions in royal plot

Sep. 09, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian court on Thursday upheld the conviction of two former senior officials on sedition and other charges connected to an alleged plot against the kingdom involving the half-brother of King Abdullah II. Bassem Awadallah, who has U.S....

Ministers say Egyptian gas to reach crisis-hit Lebanon soon

Sep. 08, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

AMMAN (AP) — Egyptian natural gas should reach Lebanon through Jordan and Syria soon after maintenance of pipelines and the review of a deal interrupted 10-years ago are finalized by early October, ministers of the four countries said Wednesday. There is no date yet...

Israel President meets Jordanian king to cultivate ties

Sep. 04, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president met with the Jordanian king this past week, in a new sign of improved relations between the two countries, the president's office said Saturday. At the king's invitation, new President Isaac Herzog met King Abdullah II at his palace...