US-funded counterterrorism training center opens in Jordan

In this Sunday, March 18, 2018 photo, a member of a Tunisian police commando unit takes part in a practice raid of a hideout at the Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy, in al-Swaqa, about 44 miles (70 km) south of Amman, Jordan. (AP)
Updated 22 March 2018
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US-funded counterterrorism training center opens in Jordan

AL-SWAQA: A US-funded counterterrorism center has opened in Jordan where law enforcement officers from partner countries in the Middle East and beyond can practice shooting, storming hideouts and responding to bomb threats.
The Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy is the second such facility in the pro-Western kingdom. It opened on Thursday.
Paul Davies, director for the State Department’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance, says that additional training centers are to be built, including in Senegal and Kenya.
He says 21 partner nations out of a pool of 56 have trained so far in Jordan’s first facility.
Earlier this week, Tunisian police officers practiced storming rooms in a “shoot house” in the new center.
They threw sound grenades, setting off loud booms, as visitors watched the drills from a gallery above.


Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after years-long tension

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Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after years-long tension

KHARTOUM: The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend their frayed ties following repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a longstanding dispute over a border held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum.
In a two-day visit to Sudan, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with President Omar Al-Bashir as well as other Sudanese officials. They vowed to set differences aside and bolster relations, in what appears to be Egypt’s latest bid to thaw the frosty relations with its southern neighbor.
The visit was concluded on Friday. El-Sisi said he would visit Sudan again in October.