Saudis 'turn to Pakistan to train army for Syria war'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, disillusioned with its longtime U.S. ally over the failure to take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, is reported to be seeking to form its own rebel army to overthrow the Damascus regime backed by Riyadh's rival Iran.

U.S. will send another $75 million to Palestine for infrastructure

JERUSALEM, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the United States will contribute $75 million more to "high-impact infrastructure investment" in Palestine.
Kerry, King Abdullah meet to ease U.S.-Saudi Arabia tensions

Kerry, King Abdullah meet to ease U.S.-Saudi Arabia tensions

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Monday to try to ease mounting tensions with the longtime U.S. ally in the Middle East.

John Kerry: Egypt appears to be on track toward democracy

CAIRO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egyptian leaders Sunday and said afterward said Egypt appeared to be on the path toward democracy.

Saudi Arabia, Emirates lead charge on Mideast solar power

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two of the world's leading oil producers, are spearheading a Middle Eastern drive to develop solar energy, with plans for projects requiring $1.5 billion in investment by end-2014.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.
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1.38 million people from 118 countries in Saudi Arabia for hajj

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- About 1.38 million people from 118 countries arrived in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the Interior Ministry said.

Saudi Arabia called on to respect women's rights

BRUSSELS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A human rights consortium has called on Saudi Arabia to ease pressure on two women's rights activists sentenced to jail for defying laws on patriarchs.

Saudi flight cancels takeoff to go back for man's mother

JIZAN, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A Saudi Airlines flight was delayed when a passenger informed the pilot that his mother had been left behind inside the airport.

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King Abdullah of Jordan has audience with Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Pope Francis met Thursday with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan in an audience at the Vatican.
Jordan's King warns of regional turmoil

Jordan's King warns of regional turmoil

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- King Abdullah of Jordan warned the sectarian and ethnic violence in the region threatens to destroy the Arab and Islamic world.

Jordan moves with Red-Dead Sea project

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Jordanian government officials announced plans to move ahead with the first phase of a large scale water project linking the Dead Sea to the Red Sea.

Saudi monarch rules out hand-kissing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia issued a statement rejecting the practice of hand kissing except to honor one's parents.

Obese Saudi man to get medical help

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Saudi Arabian royal family has intervened on behalf of a severely obese man who made a televised plea for help losing weight.
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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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