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Pope Francis prays for peace in Ukraine, Syria in Easter greeting

Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.Well over 150,000 tourists -- Romans and pilgrims, young and old -- turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica.So great were their numbers that they overflowed from sprawling St. Peter's Square, which was bedecked with row after row of potted daffodils, sprays of blue hyacinths and bunches of white roses. Waving flags from the pope's native Argentina as well as from Brazil, Mexico, Britain, Poland and many other countries, they also filled the broad boulevard leading from the square to the Tiber River.Easter is the culmination of Holy Week and marks Christian belief that Jesus rose from the dead after his crucifixion.Francis noted that this year the Catholic churc...

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  1. Jordan foils bid to smuggle arms from Syria

    Jordanian border guards have foiled an attempt to smuggle large amounts of weapons and drugs into the kingdom from Syria, the army said Friday."Forces of the frontie...

  2. US, Jordan discuss how to cope with fallout of Syria war

    US army chief General Martin Dempsey, in Jordan on a visit, has discussed ways to help the Jordanian military tackle fallout from the Syrian conflict, a government o...

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  4. US troops sent to Jordan for Syria crisis, Panetta says

    The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country's military capabilities in the ...

  5. US to deploy missiles, F-16s in Jordan for protection against Syria , official says

    Jordanian officials said Wednesday that the U.S. will deploy anti-missile batteries and F-16 jet fighters in the kingdom to bolster its defense capabilities in the f...

  6. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria , Egypt and Jordan to Attend Iraq Summit

    Jordan's foreign minister said Sunday that Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria will attend a regional summit proposed by Turkey seeking to avert war in Iraq, the o...

  7. Kerry in Jordan as regional crises mount

    Top US diplomat John Kerry met his Jordanian counterpart Tuesday for talks focused on the turmoil in Egypt and Syria as well as his bid to unlock the Middle East pea...

  8. Report: Jordan biased over Palestinians from Syria

    Jordan is discriminating against Palestinians seeking refuge from violence in Syria by forcibly returning new arrivals and threatening others with deportation, a rig...

  9. Amman denies CIA training Syria rebels in Jordan

    Jordan on Saturday denied an American newspaper report saying that the CIA and US special operations forces were training rebels from neighbouring Syria on its terri...

  10. Jordan says it arrests 11 in alleged al-Qaida-linked terror plot against Western diplomats

    Jordanian authorities have arrested 11 suspected al-Qaida-linked militants for allegedly planning to attack shopping malls and Western diplomatic missions in the cou...

  11. Environmentalists warn Jordan River drying up, filled with sewage

    QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (AP) — Christian pilgrims who flock to the Jordan River to immerse themselves in the water where Jesus was baptized may have nothing left to...

  12. American-Israeli relations: US still Israel's best friend but no longer country's only friend

    Late last month the United States introduced a U.N. resolution condemning Russia’s de facto seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. As expected, the resolution passed the Ge...

  1. US commander: Jordan war drill not threat to Syria

    A U.S. army commander said Tuesday that a joint military drill that has brought together forces from 19 countries in Jordan is not meant as a threat to neighboring S...

  2. Syria's civil war spills violence across borders into Jordan , Lebanon

    A Jordanian soldier was killed in clashes with armed militants trying to cross the border into Syria on Monday and sectarian clashes overnight in Lebanon left four d...

  3. Military official: Jordanian fighter jet crashes during training, killing pilot

    A Jordanian military official says one of its fighter jets has crashed during a training flight, killing the pilot.The official says the crash took place on Thursday...

  4. Libyan spokesman: Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Tripoli

    A Libyan official says gunmen have abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli.Libya's Foreign Ministry's spokesman Said al-Aswad says several masked gunmen in civilian ...

  5. At trial in Jordan , radical preacher deported from Britain rallies al-Qaida fighters in Syria

    A radical preacher deported from Britain who faces terrorism charges in his native Jordan has appealed to al-Qaida fighters in Syria to unite their ranks and end inf...

  6. Marines looking for a few good actors to play terrorists in training exercises

    The United States Marine Corps is looking for a few good actors to play terrorists in upcoming training exercises, putting out a casting call that could give clues a...

  7. Syria criticizes Jordan for hosting US-backed Syrian rebel training

    Syrian state media sharply criticized Jordan for hosting U.S.-backed training of Syrian rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad, warning Thursday that Amman ...

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