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Switzerland drops artificial prop of the franc

Switzerland has dropped its commitment to the Swiss francs 1.20 ceiling cap versus the euro and created chaos in European financial markets.

Middle East Muslims protest prophet cartoon

Amman - Muslims marched Friday in Middle Eastern cities against a new cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo, as Gulf states warned the drawing could fuel hatred.

European football leaders welcome Blatter challenge

Amman - European football leaders on Tuesday backed the move by FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of football's scandal-tainted world body.

Jordan vows 'all efforts' to save pilot seized by IS

Amman - Jordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria as Washington denied claims the jihadists had shot down his warplane.

Palestinians kill four in attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Jerusalem - Four Jewish worshippers were killed Tuesday when two Palestinians attacked their Jerusalem synagogue before being fatally shot by Israeli police.

Fearing backlash, Jordan asserts Al-Aqsa custodianship

Amman - Jordan's tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.

Steps agreed to lower Israeli-Palestinian tensions: Kerry

Amman - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that steps were agreed at talks in Amman to lower tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Kerry says steps agreed to cool Jerusalem tempers

Amman - US Secretary of State John Kerry said steps were agreed Thursday at talks in Amman to lower tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Jordan recalls envoy to Israel over mosque clashes

Amman - Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel on Wednesday and moved to file a UN complaint after police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Op-Ed: A bun fight — the mud of the Middle East

Several years ago I attended a gentleman’s evening with buffet and drink offered in copious amounts. As the drink flowed and noise levels were building up, the atmosphere became a little volatile. Then it all kicked off and became very riotous.

Abu Qatada walks free after Jordan terror acquittal

Amman - Radical cleric Abu Qatada was acquitted of terrorism charges by a Jordanian court Wednesday and freed from jail, ending more than a decade of legal cases against the firebrand preacher.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.

Op-Ed: ISIL calls for attacks on Coalition citizens ‘in any manner’

Sydney - In a continuation of previous messages, the “Islamic State” has called for Muslims to attack Americans, Europeans, Canadians and Australians. The threat refers to “disbelievers” from nations engaged in military action against ISIL.

Arab League countries to provide airstrike against ISIS

Cairo - Following a meeting between Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and US Secretary of State John Kerry, US State Department officials confirmed several Arab nations have agreed to conduct airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq.

Op-Ed: IS threatens to drown America in blood

Sydney - It will come as no surprise to most that the “Islamic State” has issued what is effectively a declaration of war on the US. Following American airstrikes, the threat is to hit America “in any place” if strikes hit its fighters.

Op-Ed: ISIS 'frequent fighters' and oil money fueling combat successes

Baghdad - ISIS is getting some of its ‘frequent fighters’ from the Taliban and other jihadi groups. It’s also getting big money, quite enough to manage the loyalties of Sunni tribes, from captured oil to fund its war.

Jordan expels Syria ambassador as rebels advance in northwest

Amman - Jordan on Monday expelled Syria's ambassador over his "repeated insults" to the kingdom, drawing a swift tit-for-tat response from Damascus, which ordered Amman's top diplomat to leave.

Pope calls for Syria peace at start of Mideast tour

Amman - Pope Francis made an urgent plea Saturday for peace in war-torn Syria as he kicked off a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East.

Pope calls for Syria peace at start of Mideast tour

Amman - Pope Francis made an urgent plea Saturday for peace in war-torn Syria as he kicked off a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East.

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.
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