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Jihadist Group in Libya Releases Video of Sobbing Hostage

A Jihadist group in Libya released a video on Monday showing a kidnapped hostage from the Tunisian embassy pleading with the authorities in Tunis to negotiate with his captors.

The hostage, Mohamed ben Sheikh, is shown crying during the five minute video as he calls on Tunisia's president to help rescue him from his plight.

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Miserable Syrians in Jordan Say They'd Rather Go Home

Syrian refugees in Jordan say they are so miserable that they would rather face "inevitable death" in their war-torn country than live in conditions that have sparked riots.

With Syria's war now in its fourth year, many of the 100,000 refugees in the sprawling desert Zaatari camp in northern Jordan feel the world has forgotten their struggle to survive.

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Arab-Israeli Journalist under House Arrest after Lebanon Visit

An Arab Israeli journalist has been arrested after making a visit to Lebanon, his mother said Thursday, on suspicion he could have joined a "hostile organization."

Majd Kayyal, 23, from the northern coastal city of Haifa, crossed into Jordan on March 23 and traveled on to Lebanon for a conference organized by As-Safir newspaper, Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency said.

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Pilot Killed in Jordan Military Plane Crash

A Jordanian air force plane on a training flight crash landed on Thursday, killing the pilot, the army said.

"At around 8:00 am (0500 GMT), a group of F-5 jet fighters were on a training flight when one of them crashed after it hit the ground in eastern Jordan," the army said on its website.

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Jordan Condemns Israel 'Escalation' in Al-Aqsa

Jordan on Wednesday urged the U.N. Security Council to end Israeli "escalation" at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after it was opened to Jewish visitors.

"Legal, humanitarian and ethical duties of the U.N. Security Council and the international community require that they stop Israeli escalation and violations committed by Jewish radicals at Al-Aqsa," Information Minister Mohammad Momani told the state-run Petra news agency.

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Syria Refugees Face Growing Challenges in Jordan Urban Areas

Syrian refugees in urban areas of Jordan are struggling to cope with inadequate housing, high debts, rising costs and educational challenges for their children, a global relief agency said Wednesday.

CARE International said a household assessment of more than 2,200 Syrian refugees showed 90 percent of them were living in debt to relatives, landlords, shopkeepers and neighbors.

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Jordan Destroys 'Camouflaged' Vehicles Crossing from Syria

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.

A Syrian military source, cited by state television in Damascus, said the vehicles struck did not belong to Syria's armed forces, while Amman said an initial probe showed they were being used by arms dealers.

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Jordanian Freed after Throwing Shoes at PM

A Jordanian man who threw his shoes at Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur and five cabinet ministers in the northern city of Jerash, was freed Tuesday, his family said.

"The mayor of Jerash today freed Mefleh Mahasneh... Nsur did not press charges," one relative told AFP.

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Jordan Jails Syrians over Bid to Smuggle Detonators

A Jordanian court on Tuesday sentenced three Syrians to five years in prison each for trying to smuggle 36 remote control detonators into their country to help anti-government rebels.

Civilian judges at the military state security court found the three men guilty of carrying out acts "that would harm Jordan's relations with another country, exposing the kingdom to the danger of reprisal acts," a judicial official told AFP.

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Gunmen Kidnap Jordan Envoy to Libya

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.

It was the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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