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King meets world leaders in Paris

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah and French President Emmanuel Macron, at the Élysée Palace on Wednesday, discussed ways to enhance strategic cooperation between Jordan and France, as well as the latest regional developments, a Royal Court statement said. President Macron expressed appreciation for Jordan’s efforts, led by King Abdullah, to counter extremist ideology and hate speech, and seek regional ...

Japan Starts Disbursement of $300 Million Loan to Jordan

JICA will continue to support the Kingdom, which is leading serious austerity measures that are well recognised by the donor community, she told The Jordan Times in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. The second tranche of the loan agreement, which was signed in 2018 during His Majesty King Abdullah’s visit to Japan, will be transferred in October this year, Chie ...

Bill Shorten Wants Australia to Embrace China. But at What Cost?

SYDNEY, Australia — In a recent online discussion, Bill Shorten, the front-runner in the race to be Australia’s next prime minister, left little doubt about where he stood on the politically delicate issue of relations with China — and where the world’s other superpower fit into his calculus. “If I’m P.M., I welcome the rise of China in the world,” ...

Israel gunfire kills Palestinian in Gaza days after ceasefire

Israeli fire has killed a Palestinian in Gaza during demonstrations by the Israeli fence Gaza officials said, despite a ceasefire agreement reached on Monday that ended days of fighting. Abdullah Abd al-Aal, 24, was shot in the stomach on Friday near the Israeli fence east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Gaza’s health ministry said, in the first protests there since a deadly flare-up ...

Australia accused of failing to give medical care to two-year-old Tamil girl

A Tamil mother who was taken with her family from their home in Queensland and put in immigration detention in Melbourne has accused the government of failing to give proper medical care to her youngest daughter. The Victorian children’s commissioner, Liana Buchanan, has described the case of Tharnicaa as “hard to fathom” and increased her calls for the federal government ...

Australian Taxi Drivers Sue Uber Over Wages They Say Its Arrival Cost Them

SYDNEY, Australia — Taxi drivers in Australia are suing Uber over lost income, just days before the ride-sharing giant’s stock begins trading publicly in the United States. In a class-action lawsuit filed on Friday, more than 6,000 taxi, limousine and other types of drivers claim that they were hurt financially by Uber’s 2012 arrival in the country, their lawyers said. ...

Soldiers Have to Shoot at Palestinians. It’s Israel’s Way to Keep Them in Check

The soldiers have no choice but to shoot. They have no choice but to hit demonstrators, stone throwers and paramedics who volunteer during confrontations, to kill and wound those who brandish knives. Surprise that the soldiers fire even at youths who are handcuffed and blindfolded belongs to a different era. It belongs to the 1970s or ‘80s, when we still ...

Iraq to investigate 1 officer killed, 2 wounded amid coalition air strikes

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraq’s Joint Operations Command announced on Friday it will open “an investigation commission” after two Federal Police were wounded and one killed while the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition conducted activities around Kirkuk province. Iraqi Interior Minister Aqeel Mahmoud al-Khazali confirmed in a Facebook post that the investigation will take place, following the casualties to the 11th Brigade of the Federal ...

‘Turkey can bring peace east of Euphrates in Syria’

ANKARA The Syrian opposition wants Turkey to enter the area east of the Euphrates River, said the head of the Syrian military opposition committee on Friday. A Turkish presence in the area will bring peace and keep terrorism away, Ahmad Tuma told a news conference His remarks came after a two-day meeting in Nur-Sultan, the recently renamed Kazakh capital, following ...

Colombia Holds Key Rate at 4.25% as Recovery Needs Support

Colombia left its benchmark interest rate unchanged as policy makers remain wary of derailing the weak, jobless recovery by raising borrowing costs too soon. The seven-member board voted unanimously to leave the policy rate unchanged at 4.25 percent for a twelfth straight month, bank Governor Juan Jose Echavarria said Friday after the meeting. The decision was forecast by all 24 ...