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Jordan’s King Abdullah Dissolves Parliament, Names Caretaker PM

AMMAN, May 29 – Jordan’s King Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as prime minister after dissolving parliament by royal decree on Sunday, following the end of its four-year term, and charged him with conducting new elections by October. The monarch accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, as is customary under the constitution,

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Saudi Reform Plans Court Social Change

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, April 27 – Reforms promised by a young Saudi prince are couched in references to the kingdom’s Islamic tradition but include ideas likely to upset some conservatives, risking future ruptures over the direction of society. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “Vision 2030” plan, which the 31-year-old announced on Monday, largely

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