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Petra British & World English

An ancient city of SW Asia, in present-day Jordan. The city, which lies in a hollow surrounded by cliffs, is accessible only through narrow gorges. Its extensive ruins include temples and tombs hewn from the rose-red sandstone cliffs

Kelly, Petra British & World English

(1947–92), German political leader; full name Petra Karin Kelly. In 1979 she co-founded the German Green Party, becoming the Party’s leading spokesperson and, in 1983, one of seventeen Green Party members of the West German Parliament. The cause of her death remains a subject of controversy

Petra Karin Kelly in Kelly, Petra British & World English

(1947–92), German political leader; full name Petra Karin Kelly. In 1979 she co-founded the German Green Party, becoming the Party’s leading spokesperson and, in 1983, one of seventeen Green Party members of the West German Parliament. The cause of her death remains a subject of controversy