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Exclusive: U.N. watchdogs call for probe of Taser assaults in U.S. jails


GENEVA The U.N. special rapporteur on torture urged U.S. authorities to investigate and weigh criminal charges against jail officials in Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas for the “clearly gratuitous infliction of severe pain and suffering” from the use of Tasers on inmates, citing a Reuters report this week. | Video

EU vows push to make Jerusalem capital for Palestinians too

BRUSSELS The EU's top diplomat pledged on Thursday to reinvigorate diplomacy with Russia, the United States, Jordan and others to ensure Palestinians have a capital in Jerusalem after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital.

World, Russia, United Nations, Dec 07 2017

Jordan rejects Trump's move on Jerusalem as legally 'null'

AMMAN Jordan on Wednesday rejected the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, calling it legally "null" because it consolidated Israel's occupation of the eastern sector of the contested city.

World, Israel Dec 07 2017

Palestinian protests break out in Jordan over Trump's move on Jerusalem

AMMAN Protests broke out on Wednesday in areas of Jordan's capital Amman inhabited by Palestinian refugees in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, witnesses said.

World, Dec 06 2017

Jordan's king warns Trump over moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem: palace

AMMAN Jordan's King Abdullah told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday that any move by the United States to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel would have "dangerous repercussions" for regional stability, a Jordanian palace statement said.

World, Israel Dec 05 2017

Jordan to convene Arab League, OIC meetings over Trump's Jerusalem moves: foreign minister

AMMAN Jordan plans to convene emergency meetings of the Arab League and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation next Saturday and Sunday on how to face the "dangerous" consequences of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to move Washington's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the foreign minister said.

World, Dec 05 2017

Abbas asks Pope, world powers, to intervene against U.S. Embassy move: spokesman

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday urged the Pope and the leaders of Russia, France and Jordan to intervene against Trump's declared intention to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Abbas's spokesman said.

World, Pope Dec 05 2017

Jordan begins diplomatic offensive ahead of Trump move on Jerusalem

AMMAN Jordan has begun consultations on convening an emergency meeting of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation before an expected move this week by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a senior Jordanian source said.

World, Dec 03 2017

Syrian rebels say U.S. allies push for retreat from southeast Syria

AMMAN Two Western-backed Syrian rebel groups fighting the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias in southeastern Syria have been asked by their Western and Arab backers to pull out of the area and retreat into Jordan, rebels and diplomatic sources said on Sunday.

World, Syria Sep 10 2017

No talk of ousting U.S. House Speaker Ryan, says key conservative

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, a leading House conservative, said on Sunday that fellow conservatives are not discussing replacing Speaker Paul Ryan despite unhappiness with the way Republican leaders handled last week's debt ceiling increase that included no fiscal reforms.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 10 2017