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King of Jordan warns Islamic State on rise again

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Jordan, whose stability is seen as vital for the volatile Middle East, hosts some 1.3 million refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria

KING. A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on October 21, 2018 shows Jordanian King Abdullah II speaking during a meeting with local political figures in the capital Amman. (Yousef Allan/Jordanian Royal Palace/AFP)

Domestic pressures behind Jordan move to reclaim land from Israel

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah says his country has notified Israel that it wants to take back two border areas: Baqura in the northern province of Irbid and Ghumar in the southern province of Aqaba

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on October 21, 2018 shows Jordanian King Abdullah II speaking during a meeting with local political figures in the capital Amman.  Yousef ALLAN / Jordanian Royal Palace / AFP

Duterte claims Jordan king told him to ignore ex-UN rights chief

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte quotes King Abdullah II as saying this of his cousin, Jordanian prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: 'I don't even like him. He's a fake.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein upon his arrival at the Al Husseinieh Palace in Amman on September 6, 2018. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte discusses plight of undocumented OFWs with 'good guy' King Abdullah II

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:25 PM

'His Majesty is a man of his word,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about Jordan's King Abdullah II

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives tokens to Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein following their meeting at the Al Husseinieh Palace in Amman on September 6, 2018. Also joining the President is Secretary Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. The tokens are painted by self-taught artist Maestro Ronilo Abayan. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Jordan to deliver helicopters to PH by July 2019

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Jordan's King Abdullah II also witness the signing of deals on defense, overseas Filipino workers, trade, seafaring, and diplomacy

Duterte leaves for historic trips to Israel, Jordan

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:36 PM

It is the first time for a Philippine president to visit Israel and Jordan – home to a combined number of 76,000 Filipinos

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Duterte to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan

Aug 29, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The trip in early September will be 'the first to be made by a Philippine President to Jordan,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Jordan PM resigns after anti-austerity protests

Jun 04, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Jordanian King Abdullah II summons Prime Minister Hani Mulki after the capital Amman and several other cities were rocked by demonstrations that drew thousands of people

QUITS. In this hand out file photo from the Jordanian Royal Palace dated June 01, 2016, Jordan's Prime Minister Hani Mulki takes a oath at the swearing in ceremony of Jordan's new government in Amman. Photo by Yousef Allan/Jordanian Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia unveils first new cinema with 'Black Panther' screening

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The move to reopen cinemas is part of a modernization drive by reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is seeking to balance unpopular subsidy cuts in an era of low oil prices with more entertainment options

CINEMA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 18, 2018, shows Saudi Information Minister Awwad Alawwad giving a speech at the AMC cinema in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP PHOTO / Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Jordanian king backs Palestinian leader in rare visit

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Abdullah s visit is seen by analysts as providing support to Abbas who has been isolated by Israel over his response to the Al Aqsa row

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) observe the honor guard during a visit in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 7, 2017.  Jordan's King began a rare visit to the occupied West Bank to meet with Palestinain president, amid shared tensions with Israel over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

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Nov 18, 2015 - 12:52 PM

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Jordanian king warns of 'world war' against humanity

Nov 17, 2015 - 11:13 PM

King Abdullah II says the world must act swiftly to fight terrorism

‘THIRD WORLD WAR.’ The Jordanian King Abdullah II salutes as the guard of honor plays the Royal National anthem upon his arrival at the Jordanian Parliament in Amman, Jordan, 15 November 2015. Photo by Jamal Nasrallah / EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Strongest quotes from Asian, African leaders

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:41 AM

World leaders say they want reforms in the UN freedom for Palestine and peace

#PugadBaboy: The King of Jordan

Feb 09, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Jordan pounds ISIS as Iraqi ground offensive looms

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:03 PM

UPDATED Jordanian air strikes have destroyed dozens of targets including barracks training camps ammunition and fuel depots and residential centers

THREAT. A Jordanian holds a placard against the group calling themselves Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a march in memory of executed pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh after noon pray in downtown Amman, Jordan. Photo by EPA/Jamal Nasrallah

Jordan weighs options against ISIS after pilot murder

Feb 05, 2015 - 7:57 PM

The gruesome murder of airman Maaz al Kassasbeh who was captured by ISIS when his F 16 fighter plane went down in Syria in December boosts public support in Jordan for stepped up military action against the jihadists

King Abdullah II of Jordan in Washington, DC, February 3, 2015.

Jordan's Abdullah vows harsh response to ISIS after pilot murder

Feb 05, 2015 - 12:48 AM

UPDATED The blood of martyr Maaz al Kassasbeh will not be in vain and the response of Jordan and its army after what happened to our dear son will be severe

King Abdullah II of Jordan in Washington, DC, February 3, 2015.

Jordan executes jihadists in response to pilot murder

Feb 04, 2015 - 11:46 AM

UPDATED Would be female suicide bomber Sajida al Rishawi and Al Qaeda member Ziad al Karboli are executed after Jordan vowed an earth shattering response to avenge the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by ISIS

EXECUTED. A file photo showing Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi, the woman suicide-bomber who failed to blow herself up in a Jordanian hotel in 2005 as part of the bomb attacks in Amman 24 April 2006.

ISIS claims pilot burned alive, Jordan vows revenge

Feb 04, 2015 - 7:05 AM

Amman confirms the death of the 26 year old fighter pilot and vows an earth shattering response

ANGER AND SORROW. Supporters and family members of Jordanian pilot First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh, 26-year-old, gather following his reported killing, at the Karak tribal gathering chamber or Diwan, in the Jordanian capital Amman on February 3, 2015. Stringer/AFP

Kuwait arrests online activists 'over Saudi criticism'

Jan 29, 2015 - 5:42 PM

Kuwait is cracking down on activists for making comments seen as critical of the oil rich state s ruler and other Arab leaders especially in the Gulf

Saudi capital goes quiet for day of mourning

Jan 25, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Away from the palace and nearby roadblocks life continued with almost no indication that a new era had begun except for billboards expressing condolences for Abdullah s death

HELPING FILIPINOS. The Philippines says Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah helped overseas Filipino workers, especially those on death row. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Obama begins landmark visit to India

Jan 25, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Obama will be the first US president to be chief guest at India s Republic Day parade

Indian kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia displays kites made by him bearing images of US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on them, ahead of Obama's India visit in Amritsar, India, 23 January 2015. Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

Obama cuts short India visit to meet new Saudi king

Jan 24, 2015 - 8:12 PM

Instead of staying in India the White House says Obama will travel to Riyadh from New Delhi on Tuesday morning to meet the new monarch of Saudi Arabia

Indian kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia displays kites made by him bearing images of US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on them, ahead of Obama's India visit in Amritsar, India, 23 January 2015. Raminder Pal Singh/EPA Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

World leaders head to Saudi to meet new King Salman

Jan 24, 2015 - 1:49 PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron Prince Charles and French President Francois Hollande are among the first leaders expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia

KING SALMAN. A file picture dated 21 May 2004 shows then Saudi Arabian Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Riyadh's Governor, waving as he arrives to Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain. Jose Huesca/EPA

Late Saudi king ‘great friend' of Filipino workers

Jan 23, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Malacañang says Saudi Arabia s late King Abdullah granted clemency to Filipinos under trial and reached into his own coffers to assist OFWs on death row

HELPING FILIPINOS. Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah was known for helping overseas Filipino workers, especially those on death row. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Saudi King Abdullah: patient reformer who battled hardliners

Jan 23, 2015 - 8:12 AM

Tapping into the absolute monarchy s massive oil wealth Abdullah launched projects to build new economic cities universities and high speed railways

SAUDI'S KING ABDULLAH. A file picture dated 31 January 2006 shows King Abdullah ibn Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia waving during a business luncheon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. File Photo by Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Saudi King Abdullah dies

Jan 23, 2015 - 7:46 AM

2ND UPDATE The royal court says Abdullah died at 1:00 am local time 2200 GMT on Friday He is replaced by his brother Salman

KING ABDULLAH. A file picture dated 06 November 2007 shows King Abdullah ibn Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during his meeting with the Italian premier (not pictured) at the Villa Madama in Rome, Italy. Claudio Onorati/EPA

Iraq launches drive to break jihadist siege of Amerli

Aug 31, 2014 - 10:56 AM

The drive to break the more than two month siege of Amerli north of Baghdad comes as an NGO said that the ISIS jihadist group old at least 27 women in Syria after kidnapping them in Iraq

AWAY FROM HOME. An Iraqi woman, who fled violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, walks through the Bahrka camp, 10 km west of Arbil in the autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 30, 2014. Safin Hamed/AFP

Saudi king slams religious extremists as Muslims mark Ramadan

Jun 29, 2014 - 4:51 PM

Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday sharply criticized religious extremists vowing not to let a handful of terrorists terrify Muslims in a speech marking the start of Ramadan

WARNING. Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with the US Secretary of State at his private residence on June 27, 2014 in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Pool

Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday for Iraq talks

Jun 26, 2014 - 12:22 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry will talk to Saudi Arabia s King Abdullah about how we can counter the sheer threat that is posed by ISIS

Pope urges Syria peace at start of Mideast pilgrimage

May 24, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Pope Francis makes an urgent plea Saturday May 24 for peace in war torn Syria as he kicks off a 3 day pilgrimage to the Middle East

Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan

May 24, 2014 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED The Vatican has billed Francis first visit to a region roiled by religious and political differences as a pilgrimage of prayer

PILGRIMAGE. The Vatican has billed Francis' first visit to a region roiled by religious and political differences as a 'pilgrimage of prayer.' File photo of Pope Francis after Palm Sunday mass by AFP

Obama defends not using force in Syria

Mar 29, 2014 - 10:49 AM

It s that after a decade of war the United States has limits

'LIMITS'. US President Barack Obama defends the government's decision not to use military force in Syria. File photo from the White House

Mistrust overshadows Obama's Saudi trip

Mar 28, 2014 - 6:08 PM

Mistrust fueled by differences over Iran and Syria overshadows a decades long Saudi US alliance

Saudi king decrees half brother Moqren to be a future monarch

Mar 28, 2014 - 1:16 AM

This paves the way for the king s half brother Moqren bin Abdul Aziz to become a future king

Obama to meet Jordan's King Abdullah in California in February

Jan 30, 2014 - 8:47 AM

The talks will likely focus on Syria s refugee crisis and Middle Eastern peace moves

MEETING WITH A KING. U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to supporters, local politicans and steelworkers at the USX Irvin Works January 29, 2014 in Pennsylvania. Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

Kerry lands in Saudi to ease tensions over Syria, Iran

Nov 04, 2013 - 9:55 AM

The top US diplomat was already on the second stop of an 11 day trip which has become an exercise in damage control

TOURING THE MIDEAST. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy (not pictured), in Cairo, Egypt, 03 November 2013. EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

Kerry traveling to Riyadh to soothe Saudi Arabia-US tensions

Oct 31, 2013 - 9:48 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Riyadh for talks amid tensions with the Gulf Kingdom

Egypt urges peaceful demos as panel works on charter

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:52 AM

Egypt s new cabinet held Sunday July 21 its first meeting and urged parties to keep their demonstrations peaceful

Arab summit to convene as opposition awarded Syria's seat

Mar 26, 2013 - 10:03 AM

The Arab League kicks off a two day summit in Doha where opponents of President Bashar al Assad will represent Syria for the first time

The flags of the 22 arab countries flutter outside the hotel that will host the 24th summit of the Arab League on March 25, 2013 in the Qatari capital Doha. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB

Filipino on Saudi death row wins short reprieve

Mar 12, 2013 - 7:20 PM

Saudi s King grants a short reprieve to laborer Joselito Zapanta giving him 3 months to raise blood money

BLOOD MONEY to save their dade. Zapanta's children appeal for 'blood money'. Photo courtesy of Migrante Ingternational

Saudi king names Salman as crown prince: state TV

Jun 18, 2012 - 11:20 PM

Saudi King Abdullah named his half brother Prince Salman as heir to the throne following the death of crown prince Nayef