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Defense lawyer: Not guilty pleas in Jordan sedition trial

Jun. 21, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A former top adviser to King Abdullah II and a relative of the monarch pleaded not guilty Monday to sedition and incitement charges, a defense lawyer said. The highly anticipated trial was held under tight security and was closed to the media. ...

Jordan's unprecedented palace drama moves to the courtroom

Jun. 20, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's version of a trial of the century gets under way Monday when a relative of King Abdullah II and a former chief of the royal court are to be ushered into the defendants' cage at the state security court to face charges of sedition and incitement. ...

2 confidants of senior Jordan royal charged with sedition

Jun. 13, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The prosecutor of Jordan's state security court on Sunday filed sedition and incitement charges against two confidants of King Abdullah II’s half-brother Hamzah, marking the latest step in a rare, intrigue-filled palace drama that has rattled the Western-backed...

Jordan refers 2 to security court over alleged foreign plot

Jun. 02, 2021 06:01 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan has referred the cases of two former senior officials accused of taking part in a foreign plot linked to the half-brother of King Abdullah II to a national security court, the official Petra news agency reported Tuesday. Bassem Awadallah, a...

Blinken claims progress in effort to boost Gaza truce

May. 26, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrapped up a two-day Mideast mission on Wednesday, winning valuable diplomatic support and hundreds of millions of dollars of pledges from Arab allies as he moved to shore up the cease-fire that ended an 11-day war between Israel and the...

Blinken off to Mideast to secure Gaza truce, push for aid

May. 24, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken took off for the Middle East on Monday to press the Israelis, Palestinians and regional players to build on and strengthen last week’s Gaza cease-fire, start an immediate flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and lay the groundwork...

US says it opposes UN resolution calling for Gaza cease-fire

May. 19, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it opposes a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, reiterating that it could interfere with the Biden administration’s efforts to end the...

The Latest: US opposes UN resolution for Gaza cease-fire

May. 19, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United States opposes a draft U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. The U.S. says it could interfere with the Biden administration’s efforts to end the hostilities. ...

The Latest: Biden expresses 'support' for Gaza cease-fire

May. 17, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Joe Biden has expressed “support” for a cease-fire during a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A statement says the leaders spoke Monday, which was the eighth day of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. ...

More Jerusalem clashes on eve of contentious Israeli parade

May. 09, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police faced off with Palestinian protesters Sunday in another night of clashes in east Jerusalem, a day before Israeli nationalists planned to parade through the Old City in an annual flag-waving display meant to cement Israeli claims to the contested area. ...