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Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists.

IS claims beheading of second Japanese captive

Toukyo - The Islamic State group claimed in a video that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation and outrage from a visibly upset Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who denounced it as a "heinous and despicable" act.

Japan says hostage negotiations 'deadlocked'

Toukyo - Japan's deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked", local media reported Saturday.

Jordan demands proof pilot alive as IS deadline passes

Amman - Jordan demanded proof Thursday that a pilot threatened with execution by the Islamic State group was alive, as a deadline set by the jihadists to free a female militant expired.

Anxious wait as Jordan offers to exchange jihadist for pilot

Amman - Jordan offered Wednesday to exchange a female jihadist for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, whose deadline for executing the airman and a Japanese journalist is thought to have passed.

Hostage parents make anguished pleas as IS deadline nears

Toukyo - The parents of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian airman held by Islamic State militants made last-ditch pleas for their lives as a deadline for an exchange with a jihadi bomber neared Wednesday.

IS threatens to kill Japan hostage, Jordan pilot within 24 hours

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group threatened Tuesday to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant.

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.

IS downs warplane over Syria, claims capture of Jordan pilot

Birut - The Islamic State group on Wednesday shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition over northern Syria, a monitoring group said, with the jihadists claiming to have captured a Jordanian pilot.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. jury finds Arab Bank liable for backing terrorism

New York - In a landmark decision, a New York jury on Monday found the Jordan-based multinational Arab Bank liable on 24 counts of supporting terrorism by transferring funds to Hamas.

In Iraq casualties from Fallujah clashes continue to rise

Fighting continues as the Iraqi Army tries to regain full control over the Anbar province capital Fallujah. According to the main hospital there some 366 people have lost their lives since this crisis began late last December.

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.

Kidnapped Jordan envoy freed in swap for jihadist

Amman - Jordan's ambassador to Libya was freed and returned home on Tuesday, a month after being kidnapped, in an exchange for a jihadist jailed for plotting bomb attacks.

UN says Syrian refugees need 'massive' international support

- The United Nations on Sunday rebuked donors for not doing enough to help millions of Syrian refugees in the region as well as host countries, saying "massive" aid is needed.

Jordan destroys 'camouflaged' vehicles crossing from Syria

Amman - Jordanian warplanes destroyed "camouflaged" vehicles on Wednesday as they tried to cross into the kingdom from war-ravaged Syria, in the first such strikes since the conflict erupted three years ago.

Jordan says it destroyed combat vehicles crossing from Syria

Amman - Jordanian air force fighter jets destroyed a number of combat vehicles Wednesday as they tried to enter the kingdom from war-hit Syria by crossing the border, the army said.

Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya

Tripoli - Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said.

Jordan ambassador to Libya kidnapped: Tripoli government

Tripoli - Hooded men travelling in two cars on Tuesday abducted the Jordanian ambassador to Tripoli, Fawaz Aitan, the Libyan foreign ministry said."The Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped this morning.

Kerry holds 'constructive' talks with Abbas on peace plan

Amman - US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas held "constructive" talks on the Middle East peace process, a US official said Thursday, as crunch decisions loom in the coming days.After earlier talks with King Abdullah II in Am...

Kerry in Jordan to shore up Mideast peace talks

Amman - US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Jordan's King Abdullah II Wednesday in a fresh bid to keep his Middle East peace bid on track, amid fears Israel may renege on a vow to free Palestinian prisoners.

U.S special forces in Jordan to train Iraqi and Jordanian forces

More United States special forces are in Jordan to train Jordanian and Iraqi security forces tactics in counter-terrorism operations.

Obama to meet Jordan's king in California desert

Washington - President Barack Obama will launch a new round of Middle East diplomacy Friday in a plush oasis in the arid California desert, hosting a Valentine's Day summit with Jordan's King Abdullah II.Obama and the king will swap the piles of snow in Washington ...

Arab cyberactivism faces 'unprecedented attack'

Amman - Cyberactivists from the Arab world said Thursday they are facing "an unprecedented attack" from regimes in their countries, three years after the start of Internet-fuelled uprisings in the region.

Arab bloggers aim to boost cyberactivism

Amman - Arab bloggers on Monday discussed ways to boost cyberactivism at a meeting in the Jordanian capital, faced with new challenges three years after the start of Internet-fuelled revolts in their region.

Jordan ready to train Iraqi troops on its territory

Amman - Jordan is ready to host a US training programme for Iraqi troops to help counter a resurgence of Al-Qaeda-linked militants in its neighbour, a minister said in remarks published Sunday.
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