Jordan's king in U.S. to review Middle East peace options

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Jordanian King Abdullah II said he was carrying the message to Washington that a two-state solution was the only viable option for Middle East peace.

Obese Saudi man loses 700 pounds after king orders him hospitalized

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Saudi man has lost more than 700 pounds six months after the country's king ordered him hospitalized, the head of the patient's medical team says.

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia in March following his travel to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, the White House press office Monday.

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Netanyahu talks peace with Jordanian King Abdullah

Netanyahu talks peace with Jordanian King Abdullah

AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Jordan to discuss Palestinian peace talks with King Abdullah, Petra News Agency said.

Sister of Egyptian lawyer urges government to seek Saudi pardon

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Saudis' $3 billion gift biggest ever to Lebanese armed forces

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U.N. frustrated by Saudi pressure on its critics

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Saudi prince: Obama must be bully to get Mideast peace deal

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ATK tests gunships for Jordan

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Kerry: U.S. will 'pause' efforts to restrict Iranian oil sales

Kerry: U.S. will 'pause' efforts to restrict Iranian oil sales

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said nine nations will get extended exceptions from economic sanctions due to "significant reductions" in buying Iranian oil.

Westinghouse eyes nuclear power plants for Saudis

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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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