Obama, 4 Middle East leaders to meet

Obama, 4 Middle East leaders to meet

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama meets with four leaders from the Middle East Wednesday in Washington to discuss advancing peace talks in the region, the White House said.
Abbas sets preconditions for peace

Abbas sets preconditions for peace

RAMALLAH, Israel, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak resuming talks with Israel, his aide said.
Jordan's king urges U.S. action in Mideast

Jordan's king urges U.S. action in Mideast

AMMAN, Jordan, April 6 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II says the Obama administration should dictate the terms and the timeline for jump-starting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Jordan's king dissolves Lower House

AMMAN, Jordan, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan issued a proclamation Tuesday dissolving the country's Lower House of Parliament and ordering early elections, officials said.
Jordan's king warns of Mideast dangers

Jordan's king warns of Mideast dangers

JERUSALEM, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The lack of progress in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could plunge the region into an abyss, Jordan's King Abdullah II warned.
Jordan's King warns of gloomy future

Jordan's King warns of gloomy future

JERUSALEM, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Failure to achieve a two-state solution jeopardizes the future of the Middle East, Jordan's King Abdullah II said in an exclusive interview with Haaretz.

Analysis: Cautious optimism in Middle East

SHUNEH, Jordan, May 18 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday in Jordan that he sees "eye to eye" with King Abdullah II after a meeting with the Jordanian monarch.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor
Pope blasts anti-Semitism, backs Palestinian state

Pope blasts anti-Semitism, backs Palestinian state

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI wants to make his eight-day visit to Jordan and Israel a powerful symbol of his determination to reduce hatred in the world and build better ties between the Roman Catholic Church he heads and the other great monotheistic religions of Islam and Judaism. But the times are against him.

Bulletproof fashion on sale at Harrods

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Bulletproof designer fashion is now available through Britain's best-known retailer.
Jordan's king visits Iraq

Jordan's king visits Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Jordanian King Abdullah II made a secret trip to Iraq Monday, making him the first Arab head of state to visit the nation since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Jordan's king cancels Iraq visit

BAGHDAD, July 9 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II postponed his scheduled trip to Iraq, thought to occur Wednesday, reportedly over security concerns.

Jordan to dispatch Iraqi ambassador 'soon'

AMMAN, Jordan, June 30 (UPI) -- Jordanian officials said Monday the country would appoint its former consul in the United Arab Emirates as ambassador to Iraq "as soon as possible."

Jordan gives full support to Iraqi PM

AMMAN, Jordan, June 13 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II offered full support to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and promised to restore the Jordanian ambassador to Baghdad.

Iraqi leaders reach out, new party emerges

BAGHDAD, June 12 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani called for stronger diplomatic relations with Australia and Japan during a meeting with officials in Baghdad Thursday.
Olmert rejects Gaza Strip invasion

Olmert rejects Gaza Strip invasion

JERUSALEM, June 11 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday he has shelved plans to launch an invasion of the Gaza Strip and will give truce talks with Hamas more time.
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King Abdullah II
King Abdullah II of Jordan makes his way to a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY) on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 23, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Abdullah II bin al-Hussein OIH (Arabic: الملك عبد الله الثاني بن الحسين‎, al-Malik ʿAbdullāh aṯ-ṯānī bin al-Ḥusayn; born 30 January 1962) is the reigning King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He ascended the throne on 7 February 1999 after the death of his father King Hussein. King Abdullah, whose mother is Princess Muna al-Hussein, is a member of the Hashemite family. Since 1993, Abdullah has been married to Queen Rania of Jordan.

Abdullah was born in Amman to King Hussein of Jordan during his marriage to the Englishwoman Toni Gardiner Princess Muna al-Hussein. He was the king's eldest son and as such he was automatically heir apparent to the throne of Jordan under 1952 constitution. However, due to unstable times in the 1960s, King Hussein decided to appoint his brother, Prince Hassan bin Talal, as his heir.

King Abdullah II attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. He joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1980, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and served as a platoon leader in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars. In 1982, King Abdullah II attended Pembroke College at Oxford University where he completed a one-year Special Studies course in Middle Eastern Affairs. In 1987, he attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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