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Ban on hookah smoking ignites uproar in shisha-loving Jordan

There’s no smoke without ire: a ban on water pipes in restaurants and cafes has caused uproar in Jordan where $1 billion worth of tobacco goes up in smoke every year. Under a decision based on a 2008 law that was not previously enforced, the government has announced that by…

U.S. to keep military forces in Jordan: official

The United States will keep F-16 fighter jets and Patriot anti-missile weapons in Jordan after a joint military exercise ends this month, a US defense official said Thursday. The US administration, which is weighing a decision to arm rebels fighting in neighboring Syria’s civil war, also planned to keep a…

Pentagon sends troops to Jordan to counter Syria chemical weapons threat

Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal 2014 and beyond. He also talked about plans to send an Army unit to Jordan. (J. Scott Applewhite…  …

President Barack Obama: U.S. will provide Jordan with $200 million aid package for Syrian refugees

US President Barack Obama announced at a Friday press conference in Amman an aid package of $200 million for Jordan to help the kingdom care for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. By News Wires President Barack Obama says his administration is working with Congress to provide Jordan with an…

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