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IS has lost 95% of its 'caliphate': US-led coalition

Amman - The Islamic State group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said.

Sweet smell of success for Syrian refugee in Jordan

Irbid - Aromas of orange blossom, almond and coconut waft from the northern Jordan shop of Mazen Obeido, a 42-year-old Syrian who never imagined he would prosper again far from home.

Jordan says hosting Syrian refugees has cost $10 billion

Amman - Authorities in Jordan on Tuesday estimated at more than $10 billion the cost of hosting thousands of refugees displaced from neighbouring Syria since the civil war broke out there in 2011.

HRW accuses Jordan of 'summarily deporting' Syrian refugees

Amman - Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Jordan of "summarily deporting" Syrian refugees despite possible risks of harm to them in their war-torn country.

Mattis: US reached decision on Afghan strategy after 'rigorous' debate

Amman - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed Sunday that the Trump administration had decided on a new strategy for Afghanistan after "rigorous" debate, but said President Donald Trump would be the one to announce it.

Jordan says to bar Israel envoy until shooting probed

Amman - Jordan will not allow the return of Israel's ambassador until the shooting of two Jordanians by an embassy security guard has been properly investigated, a government official said on Friday.

Jordanian killed and Israeli wounded at Amman embassy

Amman - A Jordanian was killed and an Israeli seriously wounded in a shooting Sunday at the Jewish state's embassy in Amman, a security source and the police said.

Jordanian soldier gets life for killing 3 US trainers

Amman - A Jordanian court on Monday sentenced a soldier to life imprisonment over the killing of three American military trainers outside an army base last year.

Archaeologists — Life once flourished in Jordan's Black Desert

Hundreds of stone tombs dot the landscape in the Jebel Qurma desert region of Jordan. It's hard to imagine that anything or anyone could have survived in this arid and desolate place that an early explorer described as a land of "dead fire."

Royal Jordanian Airlines says US laptop ban lifted

Amman - Royal Jordanian Airlines said on Sunday it has won an exemption from a US ban on passengers carrying laptops and tablet computers on flights from its hub in Amman.

Yemen cholera toll nears 1,000 as 'humanity loses out to politics'

Amman - The death toll from a cholera outbreak is approaching 1,000 in Yemen, a war-devastated and impoverished country where "humanity is losing out to politics", a senior UN official said Thursday.

Jordan has 'hit limit' hosting Syrian refugees

Amman - Jordan said Monday it has hit the limit of its ability to host Syrian refugees as Washington's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley visited on her first overseas trip.

Open SESAME: science centre inaugurated in Jordan

Amman - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday formally launched an international research centre whose members include experts from around the world including arch-rivals Iran and Israel.

Britain's May begins Mideast trip focused on security, trade

Amman - British Prime Minister Theresa May met Jordan's King Abdullah II Monday at the start of a three-day trip to the kingdom and Saudi Arabia focused on security and post-Brexit trade efforts.

Britain's May begins Mideast trip focused on security, trade

Amman - British Prime Minister Theresa May landed in Amman on Monday for a three-day trip to Jordan and Saudi Arabia focused on security and post-Brexit trade efforts.

UN chief urges Arabs to unite against Syria war

Mafraq - UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Arab leaders Tuesday to set aside their differences to confront Syria's six-year conflict, as he toured a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

Jordan releases soldier who killed 7 Israeli schoolgirls

Amman - A Jordanian soldier who shot dead seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 was released from prison Sunday after serving out his life sentence, sparking outrage from the families of those killed.

Jordan hangs 15 convicts in rare mass execution

Amman - Jordan hanged 15 death row prisoners including convicted "terrorists" at dawn on Saturday, its information minister said, in a further break with a moratorium on executions it observed between 2006 and 2014.

Syrian refugees shrug off peace talks but dream of home

Amman - Almost six years into a war that has devastated their country, Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon say they expect nothing of peace talks this month but still dream of going home.

Thousands mark Jesus baptism at historic Jordan site

Amman - Thousands of Catholic Christians attended a special mass Friday on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River in an annual pilgrimage to the site where many believe Jesus was baptised.
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