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Wednesday
Nov142012

Nationwide Protest Break Out in Jordan over Fuel Price Hike

Jordan Pix/ Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) -- Protests erupted in Amman and other cities around Jordan Tuesday after officials announced a fuel price hike.  The government said the hike is necessary to help reduce the nation's $5 billion deficit, Agence France-Presse reports.

Under the new price bump, gas is set to increase 15 percent, or $0.53 per gallon. The hike will include a more than 50 percent increase on cooking gas.

Queen Noor, stepmother to King Abdullah II, tweeted Tuesday: "Praying that all in #Jordan keep safe during these difficult times. Let's try 2 help each other through."

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