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Half-Brother of Jordan's King Hasn't Been Seen for Months
Plot Allegations Cost
Prince Hamzah His Title

Plot Allegations Cost Prince Hamzah His Title

King's half-brother was accused of working against Jordan's ruler

(Newser) - Update: A year after Jordan's Prince Hamzah was accused of plotting to undermine the rule of King Abdullah II and placed under house arrest, the prince has lost his title. He made the announcement Sunday on Twitter, the AP reports, saying he relinquished "prince" because his values "...

Pandora Papers Look 'Really Bad' for Jordan's King
Pandora Papers
Look 'Really Bad'
for Jordan's King

Pandora Papers Look 'Really Bad' for Jordan's King

King Abdullah reportedly used front companies to buy $106M in real estate while citizens struggled

(Newser) - We're learning more about the tax avoidance schemes of the uber-rich courtesy of the Pandora Papers , published Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which are putting Jordan's King Abdullah II in a particularly bad light. The longest-serving monarch in the Arab world, who's ruled Jordan...

Jordan King's Half-Brother Pledges His Loyalty
Jordan's Royal
Family Feud Is Over

Jordan's Royal Family Feud Is Over

'We all must stand behind the king,' pledges former crown prince

(Newser) - The royal feud in Jordan is apparently over. After days of uncertainty, former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein pledged loyalty to his half-brother, 59-year-old King Abdullah II, on Monday, the palace said. "The interests of the homeland must remain above every consideration. We must all stand behind the king...

Jordan Blames Plot on Former Crown Prince

Government calls conspiracy an attack on the kingdom's security and stability

(Newser) - Jordan implicated Hamzah bin Hussein on Sunday in a plot against the government, saying the former crown prince was working with foreign interests. "These were efforts that threatened Jordan's security and stability," the deputy prime minister said, "and these efforts were foiled." The prince, who'...

Jordan Begins Arrests in Possible Plot Against King

Military visits former crown prince, who denies involvement but criticizes corruption

(Newser) - Jordan ordered scores of arrests Saturday to counter what it called "a threat to the country’s stability" and palace officials described as a broad conspiracy. The former crown prince, Hamzah bin Hussein, was ordered to not leave his home while reports of an attempt to overthrow King Abdullah...

Jordan Vows 'Earth-Shaking' Revenge on ISIS

Source says country will execute Iraqi woman at dawn

(Newser) - Jordan wasted little time in vowing revenge for the apparent execution of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh , with an army spokesman saying on television that "the revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," and a government rep adding that the nation's response would be...

Jordan's King to Syrian Prez: 'Step Down'

King Abdullah's comment is latest blow for Assad

(Newser) - Jordan's king said today that Syrian President Bashar Assad should step down for the good of his country, the first Arab leader to publicly make such a call as Syria's neighbors close ranks against an increasingly isolated regime. "If Bashar has the interest of his country, he...

Obama Hopeful as Mideast Talks Begin

Israeli PM calls Abbas his 'partner in peace'

(Newser) - President Obama told reporters he was "cautiously hopeful" as Mideast peace talks began in Washington yesterday. The president—flanked by the leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, and Jordan—urged the leaders to seize the opportunity to make a breakthrough, and vowed to do everything in his power...

Israel, Palestine Need Outside Support for Lasting Fix

Neighbors must be involved: Friedman

(Newser) - The dominant theory holds that the two-state solution is the answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But the war in Gaza has pushed tensions past the point where an equitable sharing of geography is enough, argues New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. He wants a "five-state solution—Palestine, Egypt, Jordan,...

Arab Leaders Shower Condi With Jewelry; Bush, Meh

State chief got $316K in gifts last year, to about $100K for Bush

(Newser) - Condoleezza Rice scored $316,000 worth of lavish jewelry from Arab royals last year, the AP reports. Jordan’s King Abdullah treated Rice to an emerald and diamond necklace, ring, bracelet, earrings, and other finery; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia a ruby and diamond necklace and earrings, bracelet and ring....

Obama Meets With Jordan King
 Obama Meets With Jordan King 

Obama Meets With Jordan King

Abdullah II shares youth—both are 46—with Democratic candidate

(Newser) - Barack Obama sat down tonight for a meeting and dinner with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a leader much like the Democratic candidate (both are 46) in being seen as crossing age and societal gaps, USA Today reports. Abdullah’s Jordan is the most Western-friendly of Arab countries, but is...

King of Jordan Chides Congress for Coddling Israel

(Newser) - The U.S. must lead negotiations to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, King Abdullah II of Jordan told a joint session of Congress yesterday. Abdullah chided the U.S. for favoring Israel, saying Palestinians question "whether the West really means what it says about equality and respect and universal justice....

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