Jordan’s trade deficit narrows to $3 bln in Q1

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Jordan’s trade deficit fell 2.6 percent to 2.1 billion dinars ($3 billion) in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year, official figures showed on Tuesday. Department of Statistics data showed the value of imports in the first three months of the year fell by 2.2 percent from a year earlier to 3.3 billion dinars. The kingdom’s total exports reached 1.2 billion dinars, dropping 1.5 percent from the same period in 2017 as the value of ...

Israel builds ‘missile net’ on border to protect airport

Friday, 18 May 2018

Israel has built a unique “missile net” to defend a new airport, as part of a newly-completed segment of its eastern border barrier, a military official said Friday. The 34-kilometre fence runs along Israel’s border with Jordan, beginning near the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat and reaching the site of a new airport being constructed in the Timna Valley. The fence, 6 meters high, is part of a broader strategy by Israel to surround itself by barriers, including at its ...

Father of burnt-alive Jordanian pilot wishes ISIS murderers a crueler fate

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Abu Jawad al-Kasasbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh who was burnt alive by ISIS in Syria, said Saddam Omar al-Jamal, one of those involved in killing Muath and who was recently captured in Iraq, should suffer a fate worse than that of his son. In his first interview to Al Arabiya English after the Iraqi authorities announced the arrest of five ISIS chiefs, including Jamal, Abu Jawad said he cannot imagine what would happen if he ever comes face to face with his son’s ...

Mike Pompeo says Israel, Palestinian peace still a US priority

Monday, 30 April 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority for the Trump administration even if it doesn't agree it's the main cause of Mideast instability.Pompeo spoke in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday, urging the Palestinians to return to peace talks with Israel, saying the US is open to a two-state solution, which he termed a "likely outcome."He declined to criticize Israel for its actions in dealing with mass Palestinian ...

UAE’s Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament goes to Egypt, Jordan

Monday, 16 April 2018

The UAE’s Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Sports Tournament will go international this Ramadan following the signing of an agreement between the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and the Egyptian Olympic Committee and Jordan Volleyball Federation. Organized annually by DSC during the Holy Month of Ramadan under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of DSC, the NAS Sports Tournament has grown in an accelerated pace over the past five years and is ...

Jordan calls for political solution in Syria, Iraq fears terrorism expansion

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Jordan has called on the international community for a political solution to the ongoing conflict in war-torn Syria. The government said in a statement on Saturday that “a political solution is the only way to guarantee Syria’s security and its territorial integrity.” Iraq: Dangerous development Meanwhile, the Iraqi foreign ministry raised fears that air strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain against Syrian military targets could give terrorism an ...

Egypt cyclist pedals to Russia to support team in World Cup

Saturday, 7 April 2018

An Egyptian cyclist has set off from the heart of downtown Cairo heading to Moscow to support Egypt’s national soccer team participating in the World Cup. Twenty-four-year-old Mohammed Ibn Nufal embarked on the long-haul journey Friday and is planning to cross seven countries including Jordan, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. “The languages are among the biggest challenges,” Ibn Nufal said. “I will deal with that using translation apps and sign language.” He ...

Egypt’s FM: Qatar’s counterterrorism policies inconsistent with Arab consensus

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Sunday that Qatar’s counterterrorism policies are inconsistent with Arab nations’ consensus. In a press conference held with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, Shoukry said that they discussed the unfortunate developments in Gaza, saying “we are defending the Palestinian’s to receive their full legal rights.” “The International Human Rights Council should revise its policies towards the Palestinian ...

Jordan’s gazelle theft case now a ‘matter of public opinion’

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Jordanians on social media have been buzzing with debates over the recent cases of Gazelles being stolen in the country. The case is currently being observed as one linked to corruption and concerning the public’s money. After 100 gazelles were reported missing, the situation sparked outrage among many social media activists that it turned into a matter of public opinion. Now, people are calling for the prosecution of those behind the thefts. According to an official report by Jordan&rsquo ...

Top of the pecking order as Jordan hosts pigeon beauty pageant

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

With feathers preened and bills buffed, nearly 800 pigeons took part in Jordan’s largest beauty contest for birds. The event in Amman was established over two years ago to ensure that pigeon rearing, popular with elder men, doesn’t die out. Pigeons from across the Levant in a variety of sizes, some with bright, arched beaks, others all white birds, were aligned next to each other in mesh cages and evaluated for their beauty and poise, among other qualities. ...

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