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German minister discusses Mideast conflict on Jordan visit

Aug. 19, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

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. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Monday that such an agreement would be a "good basis for living together." She also spoke of the...

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over holy site clashes

Aug. 18, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan has summoned Israel's ambassador to protest "Israeli violations" at a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews. Jordan's Foreign Ministry said Sunday that Amman delivered a "decisive letter" to the ambassador, including a call "to immediately cease all Israeli violations...

Man whose murder conviction was tossed headed back to Jordan

Aug. 17, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 49-year-old man who spent two decades on Ohio's death row is headed back to his Middle East homeland. A Hamilton County judge, J. Patrick Foley III, on Friday accepted a plea agreement for defendant Ahmad Fawzi Issa (AH'-mahd FOW'-zee EE'-sah). Issa pleaded guilty to involuntary...

Jordan halts film that refers to historical Jewish presence

Aug. 14, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set in an ancient Jordanian city has stirred widespread outrage over the film's portrayal of historical Jewish ties to Jordan, shining a light on the tenuous peace with neighboring Israel and prompting the government to suspend the...

Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank

Jul. 31, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government advanced the proposal late on Tuesday, according to an Israeli...

UN official says war in Yemen knocked country back 20 years

Jul. 30, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

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 education. Yemen was already the Arab world's poorest nation before the war, which has killed tens of thousands of people. In 2014,...

Jordan king backs Palestinian state ahead of Kushner visit

Jul. 24, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

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. King Abdullah II met on Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and restated his position that the creation of...

Jordanian PM: Economic plan no substitute for Mideast peace

Jul. 7, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

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 summit in Bahrain last month. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said Sunday that the "road to peace is clear" and must...

Dubai's ruler, estranged wife headed for court clash in UK

Jul. 4, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A legal battle between the powerful, poetry-writing ruler of Dubai and his wealthy estranged wife is leading toward a showdown in a London courtroom later this month. The family division court case scheduled on July 30 pits Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum against Princess Haya, daughter...

Palestinians protest Trump's Mideast peace conference

Jun. 25, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians burned effigies of President Trump and marched a donkey pasted over with images of Gulf royals in the West Bank on Tuesday, as the U.S. prepares to open its conference in Bahrain, which focuses on the economic portion of the White House's long-awaited plan for...