U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Jordan on Friday for talks with King Abdullah II on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a U.S. spokeswoman said.
The brief stop in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, where the talks were held, was not previously announced.Full Story
Jordanian Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, on trial for terrorism, lashed out Thursday at jihadists in Syria for imposing a special tax on Christians under their control, saying their ideas were "distorted and extreme."
"The tax imposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Christians in some areas in Syria is not acceptable," Abu Qatada told reporters during his trial in Amman.Full Story
Jordanian authorities have arrested 10 "gays and lesbians" for holding a get-together at a party hall in east Amman, a security official said on Thursday.
"The administrative governor of the Marka area, Adnan Qatarneh, ordered the arrest of the 10 gays and lesbians after they held a reception at a party hall on Wednesday to get to know each other," he told Agence France Presse.Full Story
Jordan warned Wednesday that it might review a 1994 peace treaty with Israel after Israeli MPs began a debate on allowing Jewish prayers at Jerusalem's sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
"If Israel wants to violate the peace treaty in this issue, the entire treaty, its articles, details and wording will be put on the table," Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur told Qatar's Al-Watan newspaper in an interview.Full Story
Jordanian MPs have called for a 1994 peace treaty with Israel to be scrapped after the Jewish state's parliament debated Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a daily reported Wednesday.
The government-owned al-Rai newspaper said 47 out of 150 members of the lower house signed a motion late Tuesday that the treaty be annulled.Full Story
Jordan's opposition Islamists called on the government to freeze a 1994 peace treaty with Israel as the Knesset was Tuesday to debate Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
"We urge the government to meet the demands of people who have repeatedly called for freezing and eventually canceling the peace treaty," the Islamic Action Front (IAF) said on its website.Full Story
Jordanian border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle a large amount of ammunition from Syria and arrested five people early Monday, the army said.
"Border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle a large amount of ammunition and other material from Syria into Jordan, at around 1:30 am. (22:30 GMT)," the army said in a statement on its website.Full Story
Syrian media on Thursday accused Jordan of trying to stir up the rebel front in the south of the country with support from the United States and Saudi Arabia.
"The southern front is today the most prominent after the subject was widely discussed under the aegis of the palace in Jordan," the Al-Thawra government daily wrote.Full Story
Two Jordanian firms have signed a $771-million deal with U.S.-based Noble Energy to supply them with natural gas from an Israeli offshore field, local media reported on Thursday.
The Arab Potash and Jordan Bromine companies singed the agreement on Wednesday to obtain from Noble Energy and its Israeli partners 2 billion cubic meters (around 70 billion cubic feet) of gas from Israel's Tamar field for 15 years.Full Story
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as he seeks progress in his quest for a Middle East peace deal.
The top U.S. diplomat has spent months trying to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for resolving their decades-old conflict, but the negotiations have shown little sign of progress, with each side blaming the other.Full Story