- At Mideast forum, officials seek world's help Updated: May-23-15 3:07 pm
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the fight with them - that was the message coming from the regional World Economic Forum Saturday.
- AP Interview: Leader says Mideast pays price for gender gap Updated: May-23-15 3:25 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Bring more Arab women into the workforce, invest in "bite-sized" infrastructure projects and get the private sector more involved in training young job seekers - these are the prescriptions of a leading Gulf entrepreneur for growing Middle Eastern economies and combating rampant youth unemployment.
- Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos Updated: May-22-15 3:30 pm
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.
- AP Interview: $100 billion Saudi city to be ready by 2035 Updated: May-22-15 10:41 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market," said the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project.
- Egypt's president: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism Updated: May-22-15 10:08 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive ongoing crackdown on Islamists, said on Friday that the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."
- Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal Updated: May-22-15 8:05 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border.
- Deputy Russia FM: Western Mideast policies 'short-sighted' Updated: May-22-15 4:59 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - A deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that "short-sighted'" Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.
- Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos Updated: May-21-15 3:40 pm
KITTEH, Jordan - Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky - even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage.
- Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election Updated: May-21-15 12:05 pm
GENEVA - For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying.
- Syrian refugees struggle amid aid cuts, lack of labor rights Updated: May-19-15 3:50 am
SALHIYEH, Jordan - A Syrian refugee couple and their baby boy were recently dropped from a U.N. food voucher program and live on $9-a-day jobs on a peach farm in northern Jordan. In a town nearby, a 16-year-old boy quit school to work as a mechanic's helper because his refugee family needs the extra $21 a week.
- Most Jordanian journalists censor themselves, watchdog says Updated: May-18-15 11:28 am
AMMAN, Jordan - An advocacy group says most Jordanian journalists are "too scared" to criticize the king, the security forces and tribal leaders.
- Celebrations in Jordan over resignation of interior minister Updated: May-18-15 4:50 am
AMMAN, Jordan - The mayor of the tense Jordanian tribal city of Maan says hundreds of residents took to the street to celebrate the resignation of the country's interior minister over what they consider heavy-handed tactics by the security forces.
- Jordan's interior minister resigns, state media report Updated: May-17-15 5:01 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan's interior minister resigned over an alleged failure of security agencies to coordinate, state media reported Sunday, but did not elaborate.
- Jordan unemployment soars in areas with high refugee influx Updated: May-17-15 4:13 am
AMMAN, Jordan - The International Labor Organization says unemployment in areas of Jordan with high concentrations of Syrian refugees rose from 14.5 percent to 22.1 percent between 2011 and 2014.
- German FM says EU member states need to share refugee burden Updated: May-16-15 2:40 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - Germany's foreign minister says the European Union needs to find a way to share the burden of taking in Syrian war refugees.
- US to give Jordan $25 million worth of wheat for resale Updated: May-10-15 10:05 am
AMMAN, Jordan - The United States is giving Jordan about $25 million worth of wheat for resale, with the money to be used for improving agricultural productivity.
- Jordan hosts 18-country military drill amid wars, tensions Updated: May-05-15 6:38 am
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan has kicked off a two-week military exercise with some 10,000 participants from 18 countries, many members of a U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, which controls much of neighboring Iraq and Syria.
- A year on, 'model' camp for Syrian refugees has mixed record Updated: May-01-15 3:47 am
AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - A year after opening, a camp in Jordan billed as an improved model for sheltering Syrian refugees has a mixed record: Azraq offers safety and a sense of order, with its close to 10,000 prefab shelters arranged in tidy rows, but refugees say life is tough because of lack of electricity, jobs and freedom of movement.
- Jordan's overland trade paralyzed by Iraq, Syria border woes Updated: Apr-30-15 3:08 am
JABER CROSSING, Jordan - Jordan's overland trade has largely been paralyzed by recent border attacks from insurgents in neighboring Syria and Iraq - a spillover of regional turmoil threatening a close Western ally that has thus far succeeded in fending off Islamic militants.
- Air Arabia's Jordanian division to launch flights in May Updated: Apr-29-15 9:50 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Middle Eastern budget airline Air Arabia says it plans to launch a new division based in Jordan starting on May 18.
- Official: Palestinian operatives helped free Syria hostages Updated: Apr-26-15 3:25 pm
JERUSALEM - A top Palestinian intelligence official provided first details Sunday of the release of two Swedish hostages held in Syria for 17 months, saying the captors drove them to a pre-arranged drop-off point, pushed them out of the car and sped off.