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UN agency for Palestinian refugees faces funding crisis

Nov. 30, 2021 10:36 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday it was unable to pay its 28,000 employees on time this month because of a major funding crisis, warning of potential cuts in vital services to millions of people amid a global pandemic. ...

Britain's Prince Charles pays royal visit to Jordan

Nov. 16, 2021 11:27 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, kicked off a three-day visit to Jordan on Tuesday aimed at cementing a century of relations between the allied countries. It is part of the first royal tour since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Jordan says King Abdullah met with Israeli Islamist lawmaker

Nov. 09, 2021 11:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of the Islamist party in Israel's governing coalition met with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman on Tuesday, the latest sign of warming ties between the two countries. The Jordanian Royal Palace said in a statement that Abdullah and United...

Ex-queen: Jordan prince who feuded with king still not free

Nov. 04, 2021 05:57 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian prince who was put under house arrest by his half-brother, King Abdullah II, in the spring is still not free, his mother alleged, drawing new attention to a scandal that exposed the typically guarded royal family to rare public scrutiny. ...

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...