Saudi defense minister named crown prince

Saudi defense minister named crown prince

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 18 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia's defense minister was named crown prince of the oil-rich kingdom Monday, the government announced.

Saudi crown prince to be buried in Mecca

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 17 (UPI) -- The body of Saudi Arabia's crown prince left Switzerland Sunday on a flight to Mecca where burial will take place after evening prayers, Saudi media reported.
Saudi crown prince dies; no heir for now

Saudi crown prince dies; no heir for now

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 16 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia Saturday announced the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, the heir to the throne of the oil-rich kingdom.

Life sentence for Ben Ali

KEF, Tunisia, June 14 (UPI) -- Ousted Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was sentenced to life imprisonment Thursday for ordering the shooting of protesters.

Saudi sheik pardons his son's killer

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 21 (UPI) -- Saudi Sheik Khalaf al-Shammari pardoned his son's killer after receiving a letter from King Abdullah urging him to show compassion, a royal prince said.

Jordanian official visits Jerusalem mosque

JERUSALEM, April 24 (UPI) -- Jordan's public security director secretly visited Jersualem's al-Aksa mosque, possibly to prepare for a visit by high-ranking Jordanians, officials said.

Cleric to be released on bail in Britain

LONDON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Radical cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terrorism charges in Jordan, will be released on bail after six years in a British prison, officials said.
Jordan considers anti-Israel sanctions

Jordan considers anti-Israel sanctions

AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- King Abdullah of Jordan said Wednesday he is frustrated by Israeli stalling in the Amman peace talks, and is considering other action.

2 migrant workers spared death penalty

JAKARTA, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Two Indonesian migrant workers spared the death penalty in Saudi Arabia after being pardoned by the country's king arrived in Jakarta Thursday, officials said.
Musharraf to court Saudis on return to Pak

Musharraf to court Saudis on return to Pak

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf will visit Saudi Arabia this month to shore up international support for his eventual return, his spokesman confirmed.
Saudi report: Women driving could end virginity

Saudi report: Women driving could end virginity

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- If women were allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, sex and pornography would surge and homosexuality would be more prevalent, conservative Muslim scholars said.
Turkey to Assad: Quit. Fatalities mount

Turkey to Assad: Quit. Fatalities mount

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad should learn from Hitler, Mussolini and Moammar Gadhafi and resign before his life ends in disgrace, Turkey's prime minister said.
More pressure on Assad regime

More pressure on Assad regime

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- International pressure appears set to increase on the beleaguered regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid continuing violence in the Arab nation.
King Abdullah, Abbas to meet on Palestinian state

King Abdullah, Abbas to meet on Palestinian state

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah, visiting the West Bank, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will discuss steps toward creating a Palestinian state, Jordan said.
Syria: Assad hit by tough-guy Arab League

Syria: Assad hit by tough-guy Arab League

CAIRO, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The Arab League's surprise suspension of Syria marks a dramatic shift for an organization widely seen as a toothless talking shop and indicates an equally dramatic hardening of the regional mood as President Bashar al-Assad goes on slaughtering his own people.
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King Abdullah
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (2nd L), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd R) and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal drinks coffee after they agreed to end fighting, in the Islamic holy city Mecca on February 8, 2007. (UPI Photo/Suhaib Salem/Palestinian President's Office)

The King Abdullah Canal, until 1987 known as the East Ghor Main Canal and renamed after Abdullah I of Jordan, is a canal that runs along the east bank of the Jordan River.

The Canal's main water sources are the Yarmouk River, the Al-Mukhaibeh wells close to the Yarmouk River, Lake Tiberias (through a tunnel built after the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty), Wadi el-Arab and the Zarqa River (after storage in the King Talal Dam). The canal’s design capacity is 20 m3/second at the entrance of the Canal and 2.3 m3/second at its lower end. Its length is 110 km. Water flows by gravity from North to South from about 230 meter to almost 400 meter below sea level. The Canal supplies water for irrigation and 90 million cubic meters/year of drinking water for Greater Amman through the Deir Allah-Amman carrier, which has been constructed in two phases in the mid-80s and in the early 2000s. The Zarqa River contains a mixture of treated wastewater and natural water flow, which influences the water quality downstream of the Zarqa River intake into the KAC.

The canal was built in Phases. It was designed in 1957. Construction began in 1959, and the first section completed in 1961. By 1966, the upper part, to Wadi Zarqa, was completed. The canal was 70 km was subsequently extended three times between 1969 and 1987. The United States provided financing for the initial phase of project, after obtaining explicit assurances from the Jordanian government that Jordan would not withdraw more water from the Yarmouk than the amount allocated to it according to the Johnston Plan.

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