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Jordan releases jihadi cleric and Isis critic after group’s murder of pilot. Jordan has released an influential jihadi cleric and fierce critic of Isis in the wake of outrage over the group’s brutal killing of the air force pilot who was captured while bombing targets in Syria.

Jordan releases jihadi cleric and Isis critic after group’s murder of pilot

Security sources in Amman confirmed to Reuters that Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi had been freed from prison – triggering immediate speculation that the intention is to encourage him to speak out against Isis, which now controls large areas of neighbouring Syria and Iraq. Maqdisi is to be interviewed on the local TV channel, Roya TV, on Friday, the channel said on Thursday night.

Reuters said the release had been ordered by the state security prosecutor.

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What it’s like for an Arab to go on vacation. I have a full-time job.

What it’s like for an Arab to go on vacation

By Jordanian standards I have a decent job – as a presenter on the drivetime programme of a local radio station. Once a year I feel entitled to go on a summer vacation and for a week or two forget about everything else that matters. Ifikra : Twitter user kidnapped 12 hours... Arab Spring - Le Printemps arabe. Saudi Arabia - Arabie Saoudite.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Émirats arabes unis

La géostratégie expliquée aux blondes - L'Orient c'est Moyen. Where to Buy Booze in the Middle East - Elizabeth Weingarten - International. The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council are notorious for their stringent alcohol laws.

Where to Buy Booze in the Middle East - Elizabeth Weingarten - International

But while you can't legally sip a gin and tonic in Saudi Arabia, you can in Dubai -- if you have a license, and you're not Muslim. In Qatar, it's trickier still: You can only order that glass of Pinot Grigio in one of Doha's glossy four or five-star hotels. Confused?

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Information in the Middle East. Iraq / Irak. Egypt - Égypte. Iran, you ran, they ran... Israel. Palestine. Israelo Palestinian conflict de canard. Liban - lebanon. Syrie - Syria. Yémen - Yemen. Turkey - Turquie. Kurdistan. Tunisie.