Rana F. Sweis

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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...

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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....

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...