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Saddam lawyers call for halt to trial

Saddam Hussein's defence team on Thursday called for a halt to his genocide trial, saying it was a political "farce" to seek revenge against the ousted Iraqi leader. "We call upon the public opinion with all its organisations and segments to work to stop this farce after it intentionally prejudiced the feelings of Iraqis, Arabs and all good people ... ," it said in a statement.

Saddam planning hunger strike

Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants have decided to go on hunger strike, one of his Jordan-based lawyers said on Sunday. "The [former] president and his comrades have decided to stage a hunger strike to protest against the tribunal's attempts to force them to appear" in court, Zyad Najdawi told Agence France-Presse.

Suicide bombers hit Jordan hotels

Suicide bombers carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three United States-registered hotels in the Jordanian capital on Wednesday night, killing at least 57 people and wounding up to 300 in an al-Qaeda-style assault on the Arab kingdom with close ties to the US and a border with Iraq. Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher said most of those killed were Jordanians.

Saddam lawyers suspend contact with court

Lawyers representing Saddam Hussein announced on Wednesday that they will suspend all contacts with the special tribunal trying the ousted Iraqi president until they are given better security. The decision follows the killing of Saadun Janabi, an attorney representing one of Saddam's co-defendants, a day after the opening of the trial last week.

Saddam’s ‘surrealist’ trial

Saddam Hussein's Jordan-based legal team will meet his Iraqi lawyer soon to draw up a battle plan for his next court appearance, one of the lawyers said on Thursday. Issam Ghazzawi confirmed that the former dictator's Iraqi courtroom lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi is expected in Amman in the next 24 hours to brief the team on the trial, which was adjourned until November 28.

Boy nicks dad’s salary to woo TV star

A seven-year-old Jordanian boy stole his father's hard-earned salary to buy prepaid phone cards to vote for his favourite female candidate on a television reality show, Petra news agency reported on Sunday. The boy was enamoured by Algerian candidate Salma al-Ghazali, who appears on the <i>Star Academy</i> reality show.

Nasty surprise for chat-room lovers

A budding romance between a Jordanian man and woman turned into an ugly public divorce when the couple found out that they were in fact man and wife, state media reported on Sunday. Separated for several months, boredom and chance briefly reunited Bakr Melhem and his wife, Sanaa, in an internet chat room.

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