Rana F. Sweis

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Gunmen in Jordan Kill 10, Including 7 Officers and a Canadian Tourist

AMMAN, Jordan - Seven Jordanian security officers, a Canadian tourist and two Jordanian civilians were killed by gunmen in the southern city of Karak on Sunday, according to a...

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Writer Charged With Insulting Islam Is Killed as Extremism Boils Over in Jordan

Never mind that after an across-the-board social media backlash, Mr. Hattar quickly removed the cartoon, deactivated his Facebook account and apologized, saying he "did not mean...

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Muslim Brotherhood's Political Arm Wins Seats in Jordan's Parliament

AMMAN, Jordan - Members of the political arm of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood won seats in Jordan 's Parliament in a symbolic comeback, and women increased their numbers in...

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In Appeal to Voters, Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan Soft-Pedals Religion

Jordan stripped the Brotherhood of its license this year as well, but the Islamic Action Front, its political wing, remains registered and legal. Hoping to draw the Islamists...

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If a Carrot for Jordan Works, Syrian Refugees Will Stay Put

Europe is also promising over $4 billion in aid to several African countries in exchange for their help in stemming the exodus out of the continent. Even Sudan, long under...

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Car Bomb in Jordan, Near Syria Border, Kills 6

AMMAN, Jordan - Four Jordanian soldiers, a police officer and a civil defense officer were killed on Tuesday after a car bomb exploded on the Jordanian border with Syria,...

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Finding Refuge in Jordan, and Adding to Its Cultural Mix

On a recent visit to Amman, we met some of the people who are changing the cultural fabric of Amman. In the window of the Abou Arabi Haider Damascene Gourmet Sweets shop sat an...

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Jordan Reports Deadly Attack on Palestinian Refugee Camp

AMMAN, Jordan - Three Jordanian intelligence officers and two employees of the service were killed on Monday in a Palestinian refugee camp in the capital, Amman, in what the...

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Jordan Shuts Down Muslim Brotherhood Headquarters

AMMAN, Jordan - The Jordanian police closed down the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan on Wednesday, the group said in a statement. Warning that the closing would...

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Biden, on Jordan Visit, Meets With King Abdullah II

AMMAN, Jordan - Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. held talks in Jordan on Wednesday with King Abdullah II on a variety of regional topics, including the fight against the...

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Jordan Struggles Under a Wave of Syrian Refugees

AMMAN, Jordan - King Abdullah II made his people an extraordinary promise last week: For every job the government offered Syrian refugees, it would create five jobs for...

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Jordan Releases Muslim Brotherhood Official From Prison

AMMAN, Jordan - The deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, Zaki Bani Rushaid, was released from prison on Monday after serving 13 months for criticizing the United...

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Jordan Deports Sudanese Asylum Seekers, Spurring Outcry

AMMAN, Jordan - The Jordanian authorities on Friday deported hundreds of Sudanese asylum seekers, most of them from the war-afflicted Darfur region, according to the United...

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Jordan Is Asked to Admit Thousands of Stranded Syrians

AMMAN, Jordan - The United Nations and human rights groups on Tuesday called on Jordan to allow the entry of thousands of Syrian refugees stuck in a northeast desert holding...

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2 Americans and a South African Killed in Jordan Military Training Center

AMMAN, Jordan - A Jordanian police officer opened fire at a military training center in the capital, Amman, on Monday, killing two United States training officers and a South...

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Hospitals Devastated in Syria, War-Wounded Seek Treatment in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan - Mohammad Smarat sat gazing at the few plants sprouting outside the entrance of the white stone hospital here, recalling how he had collapsed in a sea of green...

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Conflicts in Syria and Region Take Toll on Jordan's Tourism

JERASH, Jordan - The tour guides sat in a dusty white trailer a few steps from the main gate, drinking thick black coffee and smoking. There were 42 of them, ready to show a...

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Main Syria-Jordan Crossing Under Insurgent Assault

AMMAN, Jordan - The main border crossing between Syria and Jordan remained closed and chaotic on Friday, with insurgents - including the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda 's branch in...

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In Jordan, Keen Interest in Outcome of Israeli Elections

AMMAN, Jordan - Roya news channel, an independent Jordanian television broadcaster, was live-tweeting the Israeli elections on Tuesday. انتخابات الكنيست الاسرائيلي ..

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Despite Good Intentions, Vacancies in Refugee Camp in Jordan for Syrians

AL AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Here in Jordan 's vast northeastern desert, row after row of white steel shelters built specially for Syrian refugees sit empty. Storefronts...