Peace Corps temporarily suspends its program in Jordan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Peace Corps says it’s temporarily suspending its program in Jordan because of “the current regional environment” in the Mideast.

The agency says 37 volunteers were working with local communities on youth development, and that all the volunteers have left Jordan.

The Peace Corps hopes they can return later.

Last month, the U.S. Embassy in Jordan warned of a potential threat of attacks against “high-end malls” in Jordan’s capital. The kingdom is taking part in airstrikes that target the Islamic State group, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria — neighbors of Jordan.

The Peace Corps’ website says the agency operates in 64 countries and currently has more than 6,800 volunteers and trainees.

 

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