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Obama turns tourist in Petra

US President Barack Obama took time out of his diplomatic trip of the Middle East to marvel at the ancient city of Petra. His 24-hour visit to Jordan marked the end of his four-day visit to the region.

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Obama pledges £130m for Syrian refugees in Jordan

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah after a joint press conference today. Credit: Reuters

President Barack Obama said his administration would work with the US Congress to provide an additional $200m (£131m) in humanitarian support to Jordan this year to help with Syrian refugees.

Speaking at a press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah, a key Middle East ally, Obama also said he welcomed Abdullah's moves toward "necessary" political reforms in his country.

Abdullah said he would refuse to close Jordan's borders to Syrian refugees, and Obama said he was concerned Syria could become an enclave for extremists.

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