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Jordan offers to station firefighting aircraft in Cyprus

May. 19, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II has offered to station firefighting aircraft in Cyprus through the summer fire season, the Cypriot foreign minister said Monday. Minister Ioannis Kasoulides thanked the Jordanian monarch following talks with his Jordanian...

Jordan king places 'erratic' half-brother under house arrest

May. 19, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jordan's king has gone public with a royal rift with his half-brother and formalized the former crown prince's house arrest, calling him “erratic” in an unprecedented harshly worded letter published Thursday. King Abdullah II said in the letter that he had...

World leaders descend on UAE to pay respects to late ruler

May. 15, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An array of presidents and prime ministers continued to descend on the United Arab Emirates Sunday from around the world to pay their respects to the federation's late ruler. They also came to praise his successor, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan — a vivid...

Biden reaffirms Jordan's role overseeing Temple Mount

May. 13, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday reaffirmed his administration’s support for Jordan’s long-running role as the custodian of Muslim holy sites at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem following a meeting with King Abdullah II at the White House. Biden met with Jordan’s...

Israeli FM accuses Hamas of orchestrating Jerusalem violence

Apr. 24, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister on Sunday accused the Hamas militant group of orchestrating recent unrest at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, responding to criticism that Israeli police used heavy-handed tactics to quell the violence. Yair Lapid made the...

Gaza militants fire rocket into Israel as tensions soar

Apr. 18, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel for the first time in months on Monday, in another escalation after clashes at a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem, a series of deadly attacks inside Israel and military raids across the occupied West Bank. ...

Jordan Palace says king to receive spine surgery in Germany

Apr. 09, 2022 22:01 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s monarch is traveling to Germany Sunday for a spine surgery, Jordan’s palace announced Saturday. King Abdullah II, 60, will undergo a surgery to treat “a herniated disk in the thoracic spine” at a hospital in Frankfurt next week, and will return...

Israeli firm's spyware used on Jordan activists, report says

Apr. 05, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Digital-rights researchers have concluded that the mobile phones of four Jordanian human rights activists were hacked over a two-year period with software made by the Israeli spyware company NSO Group. Tuesday’s findings by Front Line Defenders and Citizen Lab...

Jordan prince drops title in protest over how country is run

Apr. 03, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An outspoken half-brother of Jordan's king relinquished his princely title Sunday in apparent protest over how the country is run. It was the latest chapter in an ongoing palace feud that saw the junior royal placed under house arrest a year ago. Prince Hamzah...

After Israel attacks, sidelined Palestinian issue reemerges

Mar. 30, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Three deadly attacks in Israel in a week are raising questions over Israel's approach to its conflict with the Palestinians, after years of efforts to sideline the issue and focus instead on other regional priorities. The attacks by Palestinian assailants,...