Rana F. Sweis

Journalist

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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...
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...
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 ..
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...
Jordanian City Votes to Avoid ISIS Aesthetic
AMMAN, Jordan - Push brooms in hand, the sanitation workers who clean the streets of this capital could be easily recognized by their bright orange work suits. The city's mayor,...
Peace Corps Suspends Program in Jordan
The Peace Corps has temporarily suspended its volunteer program in Jordan because of regional instability, officials said. All 37 volunteers have left Jordan amid turmoil and...
Jordan: U.S. Warns of Threat to Malls
The United States Embassy in Jordan on Wednesday warned American citizens to avoid high-end shopping malls in Amman, the capital, because of credible threats of terrorist...
Jordan Gives Prison Term for Criticism on Facebook
AMMAN, Jordan - The deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was sentenced on Sunday to 18 months in prison for criticizing the United Arab Emirates in a Facebook post....
Jordanians See U.S. Reporting Bias in Coverage of Student Killings
AMMAN, Jordan - Whether three young students were shot and killed in North Carolina this week in a parking dispute or, as their families believe, because they were Muslims,...
Jordan: Jihadist Cleric Freed From Jail
Jordan released Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a leading jihadist cleric, from prison on Thursday, according to the official Petra news agency. Mr. Maqdisi, who was arrested in...
Jordan Warns Militants Against Harming Pilot
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Jordan threatened the militants of the Islamic State on Thursday with "grave consequences" if they harmed a Jordanian pilot captured after his F-16 crashed in...
In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides
MAFRAQ, Jordan - The bride-to-be was so young and shy, she spent her engagement party cloaked in a hooded robe that swallowed her slim figure but could not quite hide the...
Kerry Is Optimistic After Meeting Over Holy Site in Jerusalem
AMMAN, Jordan - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Jordan, Israel and the Palestinians were committed to taking "concrete steps" to ease strife over a volatile...
Friction Grows Between Israel and Jordan Over Revered Location
JERUSALEM - As Israel and Jordan neared the final stage of negotiations over their peace treaty, King Hussein of Jordan requested what Efraim Halevy, envoy for the Israeli prime...
Syrian Refugees, Once Stuck, Enter Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan - Hundreds of Syrian refugees, including women and children, who had been stranded for months in a buffer zone along the Jordanian border were allowed to enter...
Jordan Executes 11 After 8-Year Moratorium
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan ended an eight-year moratorium on executions on Sunday when 11 men were hanged at dawn. The men had been convicted of murder charges from 2002 to 2004,...
Brotherhood Leader's Arrest in Jordan Is Seen as Warning From Monarchy
AMMAN, Jordan - Zaki Bani Rushaid, the provocative deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, has never been shy with his opinions. For years, Jordan did nothing as he...
Jordan's Open Door Is Now Only Cracked, Leaving Syrians Stranded
AMMAN, Jordan - Thousands of Syrians, mostly women and children, have been stranded for weeks on Jordan 's border, according to international aid agencies who say Jordan appears...
Christians of Mosul Find Haven in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan - They were among the final holdouts. Even as many of their neighbors fled the violence that engulfed Iraq after the American invasion, the three men stayed put,...
No Syrians Are Allowed Into Jordan, Agencies Say
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan is refusing to let Syrian refugees cross the border, international refugee agencies said on Wednesday, expressing fear that thousands have been left...
Jordanian Judge Killed by Israeli Soldiers at Border Crossing
JERUSALEM - Israeli soldiers on Monday fatally shot a Jordanian judge of Palestinian origin at the Allenby Bridge after the man tried to seize a soldier's gun and then...
A New Liberty Sweeps Through Jordan Radio
AMMAN - As the sun rises over the Jordanian capital, the problems of the day start to stream in to Radio Fann. In the studio, producers scramble to keep up with calls and...
In Jordan, Educated Women Face Shortage of Jobs
AMMAN, Jordan - Twice a year, the names and faces of a select group of young women are splashed across the pages of Jordanian newspapers, their names written in bold, black...
Jordan's Schools Buckle Under Weight of Syrian Refugees
AMMAN, Jordan - Yusra Shinwan, 44, and her four school-age children arrived in Jordan in June, refugees from the Syrian civil war. Her husband, a school librarian, chose to stay...
New Refugee Camp in Jordan Tries to Create a Community for Syrians
AL AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - His face was bright red from the desert sun, and his son's eyes, blank with exhaustion, gazed into the distance. Bahjat Sheikh, 58, and his...
In Jordan Town, Syria War Inspires Jihadist Dreams
ZARQA, Jordan - Late one night, Abu Abdullah left his whole life behind. Abandoning his wife, two children and a modest frozen foods business, he sneaked across the border to...
As Syrians Flee Conflict, Their Way of Life Follows
AMMAN - Two months ago, the most famous ice cream parlor in Damascus set up a new outlet amid the fast-food joints, stalls selling plastic household goods and offices lining Al...
Resentment Grows Against Syrian Refugees in Jordan
RAMTHA, JORDAN - A few months ago, boxes of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers blocked the entrances to shops in a bustling market in Ramtha, close to the Syrian border. Shop...
In Jordan, Progress in Small Steps
AMMAN - The political turmoil in the Middle East over the last two years has not been kind to Jordan's king, Abdullah II, who has faced domestic protests and public discontent....
Syrian Refugees Strain Resources in Jordan
MAFRAQ, JORDAN - Shaking with fear, Abu Abdel Hadi tripped and fell three times in the dark as he fled across the desolate desert from Syria into Jordan. The 65-year-old was...

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