Apr 14, 2015

Jordan sentences six for waving IS flags at wedding

A Jordan court on Monday jailed six men for waving the Islamic State group’s flag and singing jihadi slogans at a wedding. The state security court sentenced two defendants to five years in prison for “carrying out acts that expose the kingdom to the ...

Mar 25, 2015

Jordan signs $10 billion nuclear power plant deal with Russia

Jordan signed an agreement with Russia on Tuesday worth $10 billion that sets the legal basis for building the kingdom’s first nuclear power plant with a total capacity of 2,000 megawatts. Jordan imports nearly 98 percent of its energy from oil products and crude ...

In Islamic State backlash, Amman cleaners swap orange for turquoise

Mar 10, 2015

In Islamic State backlash, Amman cleaners swap orange for turquoise

After the grisly execution videos, including one of a Jordanian national, the country’s 5,000 sanitation workers are getting a new color for their uniforms. The Jordanian capital decided to swap the workers’ orange uniforms for turquoise ones because the old garb was too reminiscent ...

Feb 27, 2015

Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea

Jordan and Israel signed a deal on Thursday to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages. The official Petra news agency said that the agreement signed in Amman would set in motion the ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japan to set up consular office in northern Iraq

The Abe administration is preparing to establish a consulate in northern Iraq in a bid to improve the government’s ability to protect Japanese nationals and counter terrorism through enhanced information gathering. The office will be set up in Irbil, the largest city and capital ...

Jordan minister: Terror fight is 'third world war'

Feb 20, 2015

Jordan minister: Terror fight is 'third world war'

The fight against violent extremism is a “third world war” that knows no borders, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said Thursday, in urging greater international efforts to counter the threat. Violent extremist groups count foreign fighters from about 90 different countries, “all potential terrorists ...

Bahrain deploys warplanes to Jordan for war against Islamic State

Feb 17, 2015

Bahrain deploys warplanes to Jordan for war against Islamic State

Bahrain has deployed fighter jets to Jordan to support the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State group, Jordan’s information minister said on Monday. The move comes a week after the United Arab Emirates deployed an F-16 squadron to Jordan to take part in ...

Parents of slain Islamic State hostage confirm U.S. woman's death

Feb 11, 2015

Parents of slain Islamic State hostage confirm U.S. woman's death

U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State militants for 18 months, is dead, her family said on Tuesday, but the circumstances were unclear and President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down the culprits. Mueller’s family received an email and photograph over ...

Islamic State under strain as Iraq offensive looms

Feb 9, 2015

Islamic State under strain as Iraq offensive looms

Iraqi troops will begin a ground offensive “in the weeks ahead” to take back swaths of the country seized by the Islamic State group, the U.S. coordinator for the international coalition against the jihadis said Sunday. “There will be a major counteroffensive on the ...