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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- Jordan has a close relationship to the crisis in Syria. Due to the ongoing civil war there, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have taken refuge in Jordan – an estimated 460,000. It's put a massive strain on Jordan's already ailing economy, and was a key topic of discussion between King Abdullah and U.S. President Barack Obama, who met in Amman Friday. King Abdullah welcomed another $200 million in aid from the U.S.:
"We are so grateful to the U.S. assistance in shouldering this enormous responsibility."
- This week marked the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War. Veterans of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been in Washington D.C. lobbying lawmakers and the White House on behalf of hundreds of thousands of injured veterans. They say the number of vets waiting for the government to answer their requests for disability checks has risen through the roof in the past four years. Jacob Worrell says he's been waiting for 1,460 days for the V.A. to process his appeal:
"That's from the beginning, starting the claims process. And then they lost my paperwork twice. The last time I filed an appeal I never heard back and then... I just kind of gave up."
- Millions of Jews are getting ready for Passover and the ceremonial meal called a seder. Food plays a key role in the holiday that commemorates the Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt. CNN's Steve Kastenbaum teamed up with Kat Kinsman of Eatocracy.com to make from scratch one of the traditional foods served – horseradish:
"Wow. That's really incredibly intense. Unless you're used to chugging large amounts of wasabi when you go out for sushi there's nothing that really quite prepares you for the onslaught," says Kat Kinsman.
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