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Jordan Hangs 11 Men after 8-Year Death Penalty Moratorium

Human rights groups took Jordan to task on Sunday as the country ended an eight-year moratorium on the death penalty with the hangings of 11 men convicted of murder.

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Jordan's Game-Worn Shoes Fetch $33,000

A pair of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan when he played basketball at the University of North Carolina sold for $33,387 on Thursday, U.S. media reported.

Grey Flannel Auctions, which sold the shoes, told ESPN they were consigned by a high school team-mate of Jordan and that the winning bidder preferred to remain anonymous.

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In Lebanon, Syrian Newborns Risk Statelessness 

Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.

It is a problem that is replicated, to varying degrees, in nations across the Middle East where more than 3.3 million Syrians have found safe haven from the intractable civil war in their homeland.

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Trial Opens of Muslim Brotherhood Deputy in Jordan

The deputy leader of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood went on trial Thursday after he criticized the United Arab Emirates for placing his group on a list of "terrorist organizations".

Zaki Bani Rsheid, who appeared in a blue prison jumpsuit at Amman's state security court, denounced his arrest and trial in a military tribunal as unconstitutional.

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Jordan Says No Plan to Push for Quick U.N. Vote on Palestine

Jordan said Monday it had no immediate plans to push for a vote on a U.N. Security Council resolution to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories despite Palestinian statements that the move was imminent.

Jordan's U.N. Ambassador said she was awaiting the outcome of meetings that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is having with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European governments on the next step at the United Nations.

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Jordan, Saudi Kings in Talks as They Battle IS

Jordan's King Abdullah II met his Saudi counterpart in Riyadh Sunday for talks as both nations participate in a U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State group extremists in Syria.

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Netanyahu Rejects Withdrawal Talk ahead of Kerry Meet

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected talk of Israel withdrawing from east Jerusalem and the West Bank within two years, on the eve of a meeting with the top U.S. diplomat.

"We... stand against the possibility of a diplomatic assault, that is an attempt to compel us by means of U.N. decisions to withdraw to the 1967 lines within two years," said Netanyahu.

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Israel Gas Deal Stirs Domestic Opposition in Jordan

Jordanian plans to buy gas from Israel have aroused fierce opposition in the kingdom at a time of mounting criticism of the Jewish state's policies towards the Palestinians.

Parliament began debating the proposed gas deal on Tuesday, after 79 lawmakers in the 150-seat house filed a motion calling for it to be scrapped.

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Denmark Urges Gulf States to Honor Syrian Aid Pledges

Denmark urged wealthy Gulf states Friday to honor their promises on funding humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees as a crucial U.N. food aid program was cut after running out of money.

Denmark, already a big donor, said it could help the U.N. program, which was supporting 1.7 million Syrian refugees, but it blasted Gulf states for not paying up.

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Jordan King Meets Obama, Says IS Fight a 'Third World War'

Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Friday that the fight against Islamic State militants is a "third world war," as President Barack Obama pledged a sizable U.S. aid increase to his country.

As the two men met at the White House, Obama promised to increase U.S. aid to Jordan from $660 million to more than $1 billion per year.

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