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Novel Way to Deliver Aid to Sick Refugees on Jordan Border

Cranes may soon be delivering food, supplies to desperate camp residents

(Newser) - Since mid-2014, about 75,000 Syrian refugees have been in limbo in the "berm"—what the Guardian describes as the "no-man's land" at the border between Jordan and Syria. And since June of this year, those refugees have been living in what Doctors Without Borders has... More »

Refugee Target Met: 10,000th Syrian Will Land in US

Influx from Jordan will get US to its goal this week

(Newser) - The US will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program as several hundred Syrians depart from Jordan over 24 hours, the US ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia. The resettlement program has... More »

Petra's Secret Found 'Hiding in Plain Sight'

Archaeologists find unusual structure buried in sand

(Newser) - The sandstone Monastery and Treasury Building of Petra, carved by the Nabataeans nearly 2,000 years ago, astonish hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit southern Jordan each year. Unbeknownst to them, another enormous monument has been "hiding in plain sight" half a mile away. Satellite and drone imagery... More »

How to ID a Terrorist: V Signs?

Scientists say everyone's hand geometry is different and may help ID terrorists

(Newser) - Trying to ID masked terrorists appearing in propaganda or execution videos is one of counterterrorism's biggest obstacles. But a researcher at Jordan's Mutah University and his team think they've found one physical tell that could prove invaluable: the victory sign formed by making the letter "V"... More »

One of Our Favorite Fruits Looks Doomed

A lethal fungus jumped continents in 2013 and is on a global rampage

(Newser) - If you like bananas, it's time to start savoring them while you still can. A deadly fungus that's been killing the plant since the 1960s has jumped continents, moving from where it ravaged crops for decades in Southeast Asia to parts of South Asia, Australia, the Middle East,... More »

Carson Unswayed by Refugee Camp Tour

They should stay in Middle East, he says

(Newser) - Ben Carson said Saturday, after visiting a camp for Syrian refugees , that the displaced should stay in Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending aid and "encouragement" to the host nations. Carson toured the Azraq camp in northern Jordan under heavy Jordanian security, with journalists barred. Carson's... More »

Surprise: Carson Visiting Syrian Refugees

We're guessing he won't call any of them 'rabid dogs' in person

(Newser) - Ben Carson will try to prove he has a handle on foreign affairs during a surprise visit with Syrian refugees in Jordan on Friday. "I find when you have firsthand knowledge of things as opposed to secondhand, it makes a much stronger impression," Carson told the New York ... More »

Jordan Cop Opens Fire, Kills 2 Americans

Total of 5, including the shooter, now dead

(Newser) - Two American instructors and a South African were killed by a police officer at a training center in Jordan on Monday before the shooter was killed by security forces, reports CNN . Two Americans and four Jordanians were also wounded in the incident, which took place in the cafeteria of the... More »

Chattanooga Shooter's Uncle Detained for Days

Source says shooter went to Jordan to get away from drugs

(Newser) - An uncle of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attacks on two military sites, a lawyer says. Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb tells the AP that he is barred from seeing his client, Muhammad... More »

Where Was Jesus Baptized? UNESCO Weighs In

Debate continues as UN group picks Jordan side over West Bank locale

(Newser) - Addressing a long-simmering debate about whether Jesus Christ was baptized on the eastern or western side of the Jordan River, UNESCO has made its final decision, and the winner is … Jordan, not the West Bank in Israel, the AP reports. Despite a lack of strong archaeological evidence, the UN... More »

Jordan Interior Minister: We Will 'Wipe Out' ISIS

Airstrikes continue for 3rd consecutive day

(Newser) - Jordan is going after ISIS militants wherever they are and plans to "wipe them out completely," Jordan's interior minister said, as Jordanian fighter jets struck the group's positions for the third consecutive day today. It was the latest in a series of warnings of harsh retaliation... More »

ISIS: US Hostage Died in Jordan Airstrikes

Group claims American woman died when Syrian building collapsed during bombing

(Newser) - An incensed Jordan has been making good on its word to dole out "earth-shaking revenge" against ISIS, conducting airstrikes on militant outposts in Syria since a video was released earlier this week showing pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive in a cage. Now ISIS is claiming that a... More »

Riding Rage, Jordan Launches Airstrikes on ISIS

'They will pay for the atrocity they did to our pilot'

(Newser) - Jordanian fighter jets have carried out new airstrikes today, following up yesterday's execution of two prisoners and King Abdullah II's vow to wage a "harsh" war against ISIS militants who control parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq. An army statement didn't say which country was targeted,... More »

Jordan Hangs Woman ISIS Wanted to Free

2 Iraqi militants executed after pilot's death

(Newser) - Jordan has made good on its vow to execute the Iraqi woman ISIS had sought in a prisoner swap as retaliation for the execution of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh . Officials say failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi was hanged at dawn along with Ziyad Karboli, a top Iraqi al-Qaeda operative, Reuters reports.... More »

Jordan to ISIS: We Need Proof of Life

New audio message extends deadline to sunset

(Newser) - ISIS released a message last night purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaeda. The English-language recording, read by a voice claiming to be Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, says Jordan must present Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman convicted of involvement in... More »

Jordan Willing to Swap Prisoners With ISIS

Would set a precedent for negotiating with ISIS

(Newser) - Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in a deadly 2005 hotel bombing for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by the Islamic State, a government spokesman said today. Such a swap would run counter to Jordan's hard-line approach toward Islamic militants and to the position... More »

New Video Says ISIS Hostages Have 24 Hours to Live

Voice claiming to be Kenji Goto calls for Iraqi prisoner's release

(Newser) - A new video message claiming to be from ISIS says that two hostages have 24 hours or less to live unless an Iraqi prisoner is released from Jordan, USA Today reports. The video, posted today, features a still image of hostage Kenji Goto , a Japanese journalist, as the voice of... More »

Captured Pilot's Dad to ISIS: Treat Him as a 'Guest'

No word yet on Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh's fate

(Newser) - The father of the Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS is pleading with militants to treat his son well, reports Reuters , noting that 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh comes from a prominent Sunni Muslim family. "I do not want to describe him as a hostage. I call him a guest,... More »

ISIS Captures Jordan Pilot in US-Led Coalition

Jordan confirms capture of pilot

(Newser) - A warplane in the US-led coalition that is bombing ISIS in Syria went down near Raqqa today, the AP reports, and Jordan is confirming ISIS claims that one of its pilots has been captured by the militants. The pro-ISIS Raqqa Media Center published photos to Facebook showing a bleeding man... More »

Old Stone Circles Baffle Archaeologists

"Big Circles" in Jordan date back at least 2K years

(Newser) - Archaeologists have snapped aerial photos of ancient stone circles as part of an ongoing effort to figure out why the structures exist, LiveScience reports. The images (taken in Jordan and viewable here ) show that 10 of the 11 structures are roughly 1,300 feet in diameter, but their purpose... More »

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