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Syria frees Reuters photographer after 6 days

LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian authorities freed Reuters photographer Khaled al-Hariri on Sunday, six days after detaining him as he arrived for work in Damascus last Monday. Hariri, 50, who has worked for Reuters for over 20 years in his native Syria, met colleagues in the capital after his release and…

Jordanians rally against corruption and poverty

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordanian activists rallied outside government offices Saturday as they tried to step up their campaign to force Prime Minister Samir Rifai to step down. Inspired by unrest in Tunisia and elsewhere in the region, about 200 Jordanians gathered outside the prime minister’s office shouting “Our government is…

Jordanian man gets 24 years for attempting to blow up Dallas skyscraper

A 20-year-old Jordanian man was sentenced Tuesday to 24 years in prison for attempting to bomb a skyscraper in Dallas, Texas in September 2009, the Justice Department said. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction after his…

US Embassy in Jordan warns of threat in Aqaba

US Embassy in Jordan warns of ‘possible imminent threat’ in port city of Aqaba. The U.S. Embassy in Jordan has warned Americans of a “possible imminent threat” in the country’s Red Sea port of Aqaba and has recommended avoiding the city for the next 48 hours. The embassy said Wednesday…

CIA had birthday cake ready for suicide bomber that killed 7

CIA officers in Afghanistan were so eager to meet the spy they believed would help them crack al-Qaida’s leadership they planned a birthday celebration for his visit in December, current and former U.S. officials said. A birthday cake was waiting. But before they could even begin to question their golden…

Afghan bomber turned radical due to US Mid-East policies, reports say

The Jordanian suicide bomber who killed seven CIA operatives at a US facility in Afghanistan was a long-time moderate who turned violently against the United States because of its foreign policies in the Middle East, a variety of reports say. Time reported this week that Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, recruited…

CIA suicide attacker was Jordanian intelligence asset

The suicide attacker who killed eight people in an attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan was a Jordanian who had been recruited by Jordanian intelligence as a double agent, US media said Monday. NBC News cited western intelligence officials as saying the Jordanian, identified in the report as Humam…

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