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Jordan says it stopped attempt to smuggle weapons from Syria

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Five people were arrested in the attempted smuggling of large quantities of weapons into Jordan from war-torn Syria, the Jordanian military said Monday

Obama to seek extension of aid to Jordan for Syrian refugees

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has told Jordan's King Abdullah II he will seek to renew a five-year aid package to help Jordan with a flood of Syrian refugees.
Barack Obama, Michelle exchange sweet Valentine's Day tweets

Barack Obama, Michelle exchange sweet Valentine's Day tweets

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The president and the first lady put their love on full display for Valentine's Day, even though they would be spending Friday night on opposite coasts.
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Water crisis brings threats of Mideast war, terrorism: report

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Satellite data released by the University of California, Irvine, shows the world's water supply is disappearing fast because of agricultural demand, an expanding population, energy production and climate change, with the Middle East, Africa and Asia in particular facing crisis in the next few years.
Obama, King Abdullah to meet at serene California estate

Obama, King Abdullah to meet at serene California estate

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A Southern California estate in Rancho Mirage offers heads of state a serene setting to discuss sensitive subjects, a Heritage Foundation research fellow said.

Jordan sees independent Palestine as global interest

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Setting up an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital is in the "international interest," Jordan's King Abdullah II said in Washington.

Obama schedule for Friday, Feb.14

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- President Obama speaks to House Democrats at their retreat and goes to California to discuss the U.S. response to the state's drought, his Friday schedule said.
Biden, Abdullah agree on need for Syria aid

Biden, Abdullah agree on need for Syria aid

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hosted Jordan's King Abdullah II in Washington Wednesday to discuss their countries' ongoing efforts to resolve Syria's civil war.

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.

ATK tests gunships for Jordan

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. defense company ATK reports it has conducted the first flight test of two CASA-235 cargo planes it converted into gunships for the Kingdom of Jordan.

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.

Energy-poor Jordan faces explosive electricity hikes

AMMAN, Jordan, July 11 (UPI) -- Jordan's government says it will introduce much-postponed and politically explosive electricity price hikes shortly as it battles with disruptions to its supply of Egyptian natural gas.
Kerry shuttles between Netanyahu and Abbas

Kerry shuttles between Netanyahu and Abbas

JERUSALEM, June 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry engaged in shuttle diplomacy Friday, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and then returning to Jerusalem.

Qatar succession and the gulf's aging monarchies

DOHA, Qatar, June 26 (UPI) -- The handover of power by the emir of Qatar to his 33-year-old son is a rare occurrence among the Persian Gulf's aging ruler-for-life monarchs, but it could show them the way to go as they grapple with the turmoil of the Arab Spring that toppled four seemingly unassailable Arab leaders.

Commentary: Israel: Crises 360 degrees

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Surrounded by crises in all its Arab neighbors, Israeli leaders are not about to facilitate the birth of a Palestinian state.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Lawmakers call for stronger U.S. action in Syria

Lawmakers call for stronger U.S. action in Syria

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Republican lawmakers are pressing for U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war, while Democrats call for increased aid but do not rule out military action.

Obama schedule for Friday, April 26

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- President Obama speaks at a Planned Parenthood event, hosts Jordan's King Abdullah II and meets with business leaders Friday, the White House said.

Gulf 'security arrests' muzzle dissent

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 25 (UPI) -- The arrest of an alleged al-Qaida cell in the United Arab Emirates and of 94 citizens accused of "security offenses" illustrates the alarm sweeping the Persian Gulf monarchies as the wave of Arab pro-democracy uprisings reaches their door.

Jordan scrambles to secure energy resources

AMMAN, Jordan, April 11 (UPI) -- Jordan wants to build an $18 billion oil pipeline from southern Iraq to beat the kingdom's crippling energy shortage, but it's also looking to built two nuclear reactors, a step the United States doesn't want its Arab ally to take.
Obama to meet with UAE, Qatari, Jordanian and Turkish leaders

Obama to meet with UAE, Qatari, Jordanian and Turkish leaders

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- President Obama will meet with leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey during the next month in Washington, the White House said.

U.S., Jordan step up Syrian rebel training

AMMAN, Jordan, April 3 (UPI) -- Washington and Amman accelerated training of Syrian rebel forces who might create a buffer zone along Syria's southern border, U.S. and Jordanian officials say.

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Obama back in D.C. after Middle East trip

Obama back in D.C. after Middle East trip

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Washington Saturday evening, hours after wrapping up a visit to Jordan with a quick tour of the ancient city of Petra.

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