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Muslim Cleric Avoids Deportation to Jordan

Muslim Cleric Avoids Deportation to Jordan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A Muslim cleric who has spent most of the last 10 years in custody in the U.K. was released on bail Tuesday after a court ruled he might not be able to get a fair trial if deported to Jordan, where he faces terrorism c…

Nationwide Protest Break Out in Jordan over Fuel Price Hike

Nationwide Protest Break Out in Jordan over Fuel Price Hike

Jordan Pix/ Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) — Protests erupted in Amman and other cities around Jordan Tuesday after officials announced a fuel price hike.  The government said the hike is necessary to help reduce the nation’s $5 billion deficit, Age…

Jordan Foils ‘Major Terrorist Plot’

Jordan Foils ‘Major Terrorist Plot’

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(AMMAN, Jordan) — Eleven men have been arrested by Jordanian intelligence services which accuse them of planning a “major terrorist plot” involving an attack on shopping centers, residential buildings and…

Panetta Confirms US Military Task Force in Jordan

Panetta Confirms US Military Task Force in Jordan

DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo(BRUSSELS) — In Brussels, Defense Secretary Panetta confirmed that a U.S. military task force of 150 personnel has been operating in Jordan helping that country set up a headquarters to assist with the humanitarian fallo…

Former Syrian PM Makes First Public Comments Since Defection

Former Syrian PM Makes First Public Comments Since Defection

LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) — Speaking for the first time since he defected to Jordan last week, Syria’s former prime minister announced on Tuesday he’s joined the rebels in their 17-month quest to out President Bashar al-Assad.”We w…

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab Defects to Jordan

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab Defects to Jordan

LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab has defected to Jordan with his family, his spokesman announced on Monday.In a statement read by his spokesman Mohammed el-Etri on Al Jazeera, Hijab said, “I announce today my…

Syrian Fighter Pilot Defects, Asks for Asylum in Jordan

Syrian Fighter Pilot Defects, Asks for Asylum in Jordan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — A Syrian fighter pilot has defected and requested political asylum in neighboring Jordan.The colonel was flying a training mission in southern Syria in a MiG-21 Thursday morning when he went missing.  Syria’s state…

Obama Says Violence in Syria Is ‘Unacceptable’

Obama Says Violence in Syria Is ‘Unacceptable’

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Syrian regime’s bloody crackdown was at the top of the agenda Tuesday in President Obama’s Oval Office meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah.“We’re continuing to see unacceptab…

The Presidential Planner: Happy Birthday, Mrs. Obama

The Presidential Planner: Happy Birthday, Mrs. Obama

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — First Lady Michelle Obama turns 48 on Tuesday, a milestone that her husband’s re-election campaign is using to rally supporters.“I’m writing because our FLOTUS, Michelle, turns 48 on Tuesday, and …

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