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United States | Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to the Middle East

United States – MODERATOR: Thank you and good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining us today for this background call to preview Secretary Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City. We are joined today by [Senior State Department Official One]. He will be referred to as Senior … Continue reading United States | Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to the Middle East

United States | Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan

United States – Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan September 15-22 to meet with counterparts to discuss a range of consular issues, including international parental child abduction. While in the region, the Assistant Secretary also plans to review consular operations at our … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan | 5 suspected militants in custody in Jordan after fatal clash

AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian official says five suspected militants are in custody after opening fire and setting off explosions that killed three members of the security forces and collapsed a multi-story building. The clash late Saturday in the town of as-Salt raised new concerns about militants’ attempts to carry out large-scale attacks to destabilize … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | 5 suspected militants in custody in Jordan after fatal clash

AMMAN, Jordan | 3 Jordan policemen killed in storming of militants’ hideout

AMMAN, Jordan— Three members of Jordan’s security forces were killed Saturday when they stormed a hideout of suspected militants that had been rigged with explosives, the government spokeswoman said. The officers had been chasing suspects in an explosion a day earlier in which a policeman was killed. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz portrayed Friday’s bombing as … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | 3 Jordan policemen killed in storming of militants’ hideout

AMMAN, Jordan | The Latest: Jordan official says 3 police killed in raid

AMMAN, Jordan — The Latest on developments in Jordan (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Jordan’s government spokeswoman says the number of police officers killed in the storming of a suspected militants’ hideout has risen to three. Police had been chasing suspects in a bombing attack Friday in which a police officer was killed. The government … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | The Latest: Jordan official says 3 police killed in raid

AMMAN, Jordan | Supreme Court nod to travel ban crushes Syria refugees’ hope

AMMAN, Jordan — A Syrian refugee who had been tapped for possible resettlement to the United States says his hopes have been squashed for good by the Supreme Court decision to uphold a Trump administration travel ban for Syria and four other Muslim-majority countries. Mahmoud Mansour, 44, a father of four, said Wednesday that “this … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | Supreme Court nod to travel ban crushes Syria refugees’ hope

AMMAN, Jordan | Prince William on historic Mideast trip, praises Jordan ties

AMMAN, Jordan — Britain’s Prince William on Sunday praised “historic ties and friendship” with Jordan and the kingdom’s commitment to Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as he began a historic five-day tour that also includes Israel and the Palestinian territories. Though billed as non-political, it’s a high-profile visit for William, 36, second in line to the … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | Prince William on historic Mideast trip, praises Jordan ties

AMMAN, Jordan | Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. Merkel visited the kingdom amid an escalating domestic row over migration. Standing next to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, she made no reference to … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan  | Jordan PM caught between angry public, international lenders

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s new prime minister won’t have much time to deliver on promises to rescind a proposed tax increase and implement economic reforms with more consideration for the country’s struggling poor and middle class. Union leaders who toppled the previous prime minister last week through widespread protests say they will go back to … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan  | Jordan PM caught between angry public, international lenders

AMMAN, Jordan | Jordan’s king, EU foreign policy chief review ailing economy

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — King Abdullah II and visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini have discussed Jordan’s economic challenges, meeting just days after protests against proposed tax increases brought down the kingdom’s prime minister. The royal court said Saturday that the king and Mogherini reviewed reforms and economic programs meant to address the crisis. … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | Jordan’s king, EU foreign policy chief review ailing economy

AMMAN, Jordan | New Jordan PM says he will cancel tax bill

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s newly appointed prime minister on Thursday said he will cancel a controversial tax bill and reconsider the legislation in consultation with groups and political parties. “The government will withdraw the draft tax law, after the formation of the government,” Omar Razzaz said at a meeting with union leaders. The tax … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | New Jordan PM says he will cancel tax bill

AMMAN, Jordan  | Jordan’s king appoints new prime minister as protests resume

AMMAN, Jordan  — Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday appointed a new prime minister, the royal palace said, naming a leading reformer as head of government in hopes of quelling the largest anti-government protests in recent years. Cabinet member Omar Razzaz, a Harvard-educated former senior World Bank official, replaced Hani Mulki, who quit Monday amid … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan  | Jordan’s king appoints new prime minister as protests resume

AMMAN, Jordan  | Jordan protests resume despite resignation of embattled PM

AMMAN, Jordan  — Anti-government protests have resumed in Jordan despite the resignation of the country’s prime minister who had led the push for austerity measures. Several thousand Jordanians marched toward the office of outgoing Prime Minister Hani Mulki overnight and into early Tuesday, demanding the government scrap proposed tax increases which critics say mostly target … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan  | Jordan protests resume despite resignation of embattled PM

AMMAN, Jordan | Jordan PM quits over tax protests, reformer named successor

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday accepted the resignation of his embattled prime minister and named a leading reformer in his place, hoping to quell the largest anti-government protests in recent years that are also seen as a potential challenge to his two-decade-old rule. The kingdom is a key military and … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | Jordan PM quits over tax protests, reformer named successor

AMMAN, Jordan | State media: Embattled Jordan PM resigns over tax protests

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s embattled prime minister submitted his resignation to King Abdullah II on Monday amid widening protests over a planned tax increase and other austerity measures, government-linked media reported. Hani Mulki’s reported resignation came in the wake of the largest anti-government protests in the pro-West country since 2011. Thousands of demonstrators have filled … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | State media: Embattled Jordan PM resigns over tax protests

AMMAN, Jordan | Jordan unions call strike, part of protests against tax hike

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian unions have called for a one-day strike next week, amid a groundswell of protests against planned tax increases. Thousands have taken to the streets across Jordan in recent days in the largest anti-government protests in several years, demanding that the tax plan be scrapped. In some areas, protesters burned tires … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | Jordan unions call strike, part of protests against tax hike

AMMAN, Jordan | Pompeo says Israel, Palestinian peace still a US priority

AMMAN, Jordan—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority for the Trump administration, despite its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its planned move of the U.S. Embassy to the holy city over Palestinian protests. Pompeo also said the U.S. is “fully supportive” of … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | Pompeo says Israel, Palestinian peace still a US priority

AMMAN, | Jordan, Israel, Palestinians in rare Japan-hosted meeting

AMMAN, Jordan — The Japanese foreign minister has presided over a rare meeting of Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials to push ahead with an agro-industrial park intended to enhance cross-border trade and cooperation. Taro Kono, the Japanese minister, acknowledged late Sunday that it “has not been easy for the four parties to get together under … Continue reading AMMAN, | Jordan, Israel, Palestinians in rare Japan-hosted meeting