GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
February 7, 1999: King Hussein of Jordan dies.

During his 46-year reign, King Hussein worked hard to normalize relationships between Israel and the Arab states. His death leaves his country still struggling for economic and social survival, as well as for regional peace. His son and successor, King Abdullah, faces the task of maintaining the country's stability while accommodating growing calls for political reform.

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King Hussein of Jordan died this morning of cancer. NPR profiles the man who has ruled Jordan since 1953. (February 1999)