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January 23, 2013 | By Ned Parker
AMMAN, Jordan -- Polls closed in Jordan on Wednesday night in elections that King Abdullah II called part of a major governmental reform initiative but that opposition parties boycotted as offering insufficient change. The state news agency said that at least 56% of eligible voters cast ballots in the election for the 150-member lower house of parliament. Results were expected Thursday. Abdullah touted Wednesday's election as the centerpiece of his reformist agenda, an answer to street protests in his own nation and the wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East.
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March 10, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Jordanian judge of Palestinian descent Monday at Allenby Bridge border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, according to statements from the Israeli army and a Palestinian official. A statement by the Israel Defense Forces said the Jordanian -- identified as Raed Zeiter, 38, originally from the West Bank city of Nablus -- had just crossed the border from Jordan when he attempted to grab a soldier's weapon. The soldier opened fire and killed him. "A Palestinian tried to seize a soldier's weapon at the Allenby Bridge Crossing from Jordan,” the army tweeted on its account.
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WORLD
June 25, 2003 | From Associated Press
A Jordanian accused of helping to plot terrorist attacks in Germany testified Tuesday that he became immersed in Islam while living on welfare, starting a journey that prosecutors said took him to an Al Qaeda training camp and into a radical Palestinian movement. Shadi Abdalla, 26, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of belonging to a terrorist group and forging passports.
WORLD
February 7, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Israeli military on Friday evicted Palestinian activists from a camp they set up a week ago in the Jordan River valley in an attempt to challenge any Israeli plan to maintain a presence in the area under a future peace accord. The activists, from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, were encamped at Ein Hijleh, a village abandoned after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. The land, in an area east of Jericho, is owned by a local monastery. Israeli officials have suggested, to the angry objection of Palestinians, that any peace agreement allow their nation to maintain a troop presence in the West Bank along the border with Jordan.
NEWS
June 11, 1991 | Associated Press
A martial-law court on Monday sentenced a 57-year-old Jordanian air-conditioning technician to 15 years in prison for possessing explosives. The court ordered Hossni Mahmoud Hassan deported after he completes the prison term. Hassan, who had worked in Kuwait since 1957, was caught at a checkpoint after Kuwait was recaptured from Iraq on Feb. 26, security officials said. They said he was transporting explosives in a bag on the front seat of his car.
NEWS
October 27, 1994 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All his life, when clear nights have made it possible to see for hundreds of miles, Abdul Salam Samarneh Ajarmeh has gazed with longing at the lights of Jerusalem twinkling on the horizon. On Wednesday, as he watched the leaders of Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty and embrace, Ajarmeh started planning his first visit to the Holy City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1991
Tarbush's proposition that "a country with less than 5 million people (Israel) brought 200 million Arabs to their knees" is fallacious. Israel did not defeat the Arabs: It was their greed and their unwillingness to live in peace with Westerners that has humbled (and from their point of view, humiliated) the Arab nations. Another falsehood is the statement that the Israelis massacred Palestinians at the Sabra and Chatilla camps, when it was Arabs (albeit Christians) who committed those heinous crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2001
When your March 8 article discussed Ariel Sharon's leading a retaliation against Jordan after an Israeli woman was killed, you failed to mention that this was not an isolated incident, but one of many. When the Jordanians controlled eastern Jerusalem, snipers routinely fired on Israelis in western Jerusalem and conducted other attacks. Your article paints an overly negative view of Sharon; he is willing to make a reasonable peace, but Arafat and his cronies are not. RICHARD SOL Los Angeles
WORLD
January 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen killed two Jordanian U.N. peacekeepers and seriously wounded a third at a checkpoint in a Port-au-Prince slum that is a stronghold for supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a United Nations spokesman said. The three Jordanians were on duty at the Cite Soleil checkpoint in the capital when they came under fire. The shootings occurred three weeks before previously postponed elections to replace an interim government.
NEWS
May 12, 1987
The government today moved to restart its case against eight Los Angeles area immigrants, all facing deportation because of their alleged association with a Marxist faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, by refiling the same charges against the aliens. On Monday, an immigration judge threw out the cases against the eight--seven Jordanians and a Kenyan--when a key immigration official ordered by the judge to appear in court did not show up. (Story, Page 3.
OPINION
October 13, 2013
Re "The two-stage option," Opinion, Oct. 11 Dani Dayan's two-stage solution relies on Jordan's cooperation with Israel to keep the Palestinians under control. However, the Jordanian government has repeatedly rejected this option since it withdrew from any serious role in the West Bank in 1988. Some commentators have hinted that a kind of Palestinian-Jordanian confederation could take effect after Palestinian independence has been declared. But, to state the obvious, that would require that a Palestinian state were first established.
WORLD
May 25, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
AMMAN, Jordan - Refugees from war-ravaged Syria began trickling back into Jordan on Saturday, a week after a more than two-year exodus had all but ceased, raising fear of thousands of Syrians stranded in the battle zone. Jordanian officials denied reports that its border guards had turned back refugees. Jordan said heavy fighting on the Syrian side had blocked access to the frontier, a vital escape valve for Syrians fleeing the nation's civil war. Jordanian analysts and some officials, however, have said privately that the government had indeed largely sealed the border to refugees, perhaps as a security measure or to help attract more international aid. A Jordanian military official who declined to be named confirmed the shutdown, saying that only those with severe wounds or other health emergencies were allowed in last week.
WORLD
March 24, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- A tribal council long allied with the Jordanian monarchy has labeled King Abdullah II a Zionist agent because of comments he made in an interview with the Atlantic magazine . “You practiced the role of agent for the forces of colonialism and Zionism,” said a statement from the Salvation Front of the Jordanian Tribes. "And you have conspired against Palestine for the benefit of the enemies of the Umma,” using a word roughly meaning "the nation. " Abdullah's wide-ranging interview with the Atlantic's correspondent, Jeffrey Goldberg, caused a furor in Jordan.
WORLD
January 23, 2013 | By Ned Parker
AMMAN, Jordan -- Polls closed in Jordan on Wednesday night in elections that King Abdullah II called part of a major governmental reform initiative but that opposition parties boycotted as offering insufficient change. The state news agency said that at least 56% of eligible voters cast ballots in the election for the 150-member lower house of parliament. Results were expected Thursday. Abdullah touted Wednesday's election as the centerpiece of his reformist agenda, an answer to street protests in his own nation and the wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East.
WORLD
November 16, 2012 | By Nabih Bulos and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
AMMAN, Jordan - In a sign that the U.S.-backed kingdom of Jordan may yet be vulnerable to the "Arab Spring" upheaval, angry demonstrators Friday denounced King Abdullah II and his ruling circle as "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and demanded swift reform or an end to the monarchy. Across the country, demonstrators this week have been calling for the king's ouster, a demand previously muted in the strategically situated kingdom, which has mostly avoided the political tumult that has convulsed the region.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The Budweiser truck is there waiting when Yousuf Khawaldeh pulls up in his beat-up '94 Lexus. FOR THE RECORD: In an earlier version of this article, Yousuf Khawaldeh's name was misspelled as Yousouf Kwaldeh. It's huge, that truck. It hides Khawaldeh's store and the abandoned wooden building next door, a onetime brothel. Khawaldeh — Joe, to his customers — opens the door for the deliveryman. Pallet after pallet of cans come off the back, enough to quench the thirst of this entire desert town.
OPINION
December 24, 2003
"Going to Palestine Via Iraq" (Dec. 22) describes Ahmed Rahal as having risen to the pinnacle of Saddam Hussein's army "from an impoverished childhood in the West Bank." Then a few paragraphs down we're told that he is 51 years of age. Now, the impression given, and I would suspect intended, is that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank is responsible for his miserable childhood. But then I started doing the math. If he is 51 years old, then he was born around 1952. Israel didn't capture the West Bank until 1967, when he would have been about 15. Jordan controlled the West Bank from 1948 until 1967, so then Jordan must have been responsible for his lousy childhood.
WORLD
November 16, 2012 | By Nabih Bulos and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
AMMAN, Jordan - In a sign that the U.S.-backed kingdom of Jordan may yet be vulnerable to the "Arab Spring" upheaval, angry demonstrators Friday denounced King Abdullah II and his ruling circle as "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and demanded swift reform or an end to the monarchy. Across the country, demonstrators this week have been calling for the king's ouster, a demand previously muted in the strategically situated kingdom, which has mostly avoided the political tumult that has convulsed the region.
WORLD
February 16, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
With protests rocking the Middle East, the Obama administration is reaching out to King Abdullah II of Jordan, trying to reassure a badly shaken ally of its support even as it calls for greater political freedom across the Arab world. Abdullah has been among the leaders alarmed by the popular uprising that toppled Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and Tunisia's President Zine el Abidine ben Ali, expressing his anxiety to Washington over the steadiness of U.S. support for its friends in the region.
WORLD
January 9, 2010 | By Mark Magnier
A Pakistani television station aired a video Saturday allegedly showing the suicide bomber who hit a CIA outpost in Afghanistan telling the Pakistani Taliban leader that he had shared U.S. and Jordanian intelligence secrets with fellow militants. He also urged militants to strike other U.S. targets in retaliation for the killing of the leader's predecessor last year in a U.S. missile strike. Although its veracity could not be immediately determined, the video is a powerful recruiting tool and its content potentially embarrassing to the U.S. spy agency.
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