Jordan Palace Crisis Over
Jordan's King Abdullah told his nation on Wednesday that the worst political crisis in decades, sparked by an alleged plot involving his half-brother Prince Hamzah, is over. The ruler said, Hamzah, who has signed a letter pledging his loyalty to the king, was safe in his palace.
US Aid to Palestinians
As part of an effort to repair ties with Palestinians, the US President Joe Biden administration announced on Wednesday it would provide $235 million in aid. The package includes humanitarian, economic, and development assistance to the Palestinians.
Syria and Israeli Attacks
The Syrian Arab News Agency said Syrian air defence forces responded to "Israeli aggression" in the south of the country late Wednesday. The agency reported heavy blasts in southern Syria. No further details were provided.
AstraZeneca Shot Risks
The European Medicines Agency said it found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and a "rare" clotting disorder but recommended that vaccinations continue, saying the benefits of the shot outweigh the risks.
Houthi Drone Destroyed
Saudi state TV reported on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition intercepted a Houthi explosive-laden drone fired from Yemen directed towards the kingdom. Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said on Twitter that Houthis targeted King Khalid airbase in Khamis Mushait.