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Jordan's king visits enclave day after reclaimed from Israel

Nov. 11, 2019 1:28 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king visited one of two small areas of land that — until a day earlier — were leased to Israel as part of their 1994 peace agreement on Monday. King Abdullah II's toured Baqura, a 200-acre enclave along the Jordan River in the country's north, and tweeted that...

Jordan retakes lands leased by Israel in 1994 peace accord

Nov. 10, 2019 12:14 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king announced Sunday that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their landmark peace deal. King Abdullah II had said last year...

Jordan swears in new ministers following Cabinet reshuffle

Nov. 7, 2019 8:07 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan has sworn in new ministers after a Cabinet reshuffle, the fourth one in two years. A statement from the Royal Court Thursday said the 11 ministers were sworn in before King Abdullah II, who has the final say on key policies. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz ordered the resignations...

Jordan Cabinet resigns for slated reshuffle

Nov. 4, 2019 12:53 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Cabinet has resigned as part of a planned government reshuffle, the fourth in two years. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz ordered the resignations on Monday. There were no immediate announcements regarding new appointments, but Razzaz will remain prime minister. The resignations...

Israel agrees to free 2 Jordanians held without charges

Nov. 4, 2019 12:43 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israel and Jordan announced Monday they have agreed to release two Jordanians held by Israel without charges for over two months, including one woman suffering serious health problems after going on a monthlong hunger strike. The joint announcements marked a breakthrough in a case that...

Report: Saudi Aramco shares to start trading in December

Oct. 29, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A long-delayed initial public offering of the state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco will see its shares traded on Riyadh's stock exchange in December, a Saudi-owned satellite news channel reported Tuesday as the kingdom's showcase investment forum began. The report by Dubai-based...

Investors return to Saudi Arabia as lucrative oil IPO looms

Oct. 28, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Lured by a long-looming stock offering of Saudi Arabia's massive state-run oil company, investors and business leaders have returned to the kingdom's capital for an investment forum that was overshadowed last year by the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal...

Israel, Jordan mark 25 years of imperfect peace

Oct. 25, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

NAHARAYIM PARK, Israel (AP) — The Naharayim park was established 25 years ago as a symbol of the landmark peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. Now, as the two countries mark a quarter century of official relations, the park and its "Island of Peace" are being shuttered. It is a fitting reflection of...

US may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oilfields

Oct. 21, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. may leave some forces in Syria to secure oilfields and make sure they don't fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday, even though President Donald Trump has insisted he is pulling troops out of the country and getting out...

US may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oil fields

Oct. 21, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Even as American forces make a hasty and chaotic withdrawal from northeastern Syria, the U.S. is considering leaving some troops behind to secure oil fields in the region and make sure they don't fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said...