Jordan

SUICIDE WISH Jordanian MP says her dead mum’s ‘only unfulfilled desire was to blow herself up among the Jews’

AN MP in Jordan said her dead mum’s last wish was to “don an explosives belt and blow herself up among the Jews”. Huda Etoom made the revelation in parliament on Tuesday in an impassioned speech since branded “outrageous” on Twitter. It comes as Britain prepares to send military trainers to Jordan fight against ISIS. The outspoken politician, who represents Jerash in ...

Jordan receives first upgraded Cobra helos

Jordan has received back into service the first of 12 Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters that are being put through an extensive upgrade process. Northrop Grumman, which as a subcontractor to Science and Engineering Services (SES) is updating the avionics of the 1980s-vintage helicopters, announced on 7 June that the first have now been shipped from Huntsville, Alabama, to Jordan ...

Jordan’s next premier dodges tax crisis but big problems await

Jordan’s incoming prime minister defused his first political minefield after unions welcomed his plan to reconsider a proposed income tax increase that sparked widespread protests and brought down his predecessor. Prime Minister-designate Omar Al Razzaz told reporters in Amman that the tax bill would be withdrawn for review once his new cabinet is sworn in — as King Abdullah II ...

Jordan sees largest anti-government protests in years

Hundreds of Jordanians took to the streets of the capital Amman on Sunday in a fourth day of nightly protests against IMF-backed price increases that have shaken the kingdom. Demonstrators who converged near the cabinet office chanted slogans calling for the sacking of Prime Minister Hani Mulki, vowing they would only disband if the government rescinded a tax bill it ...

Investment top on agendas of King’s Davos meetings

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday continued a series of planned meetings on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, a Royal Court statement said. Her Majesty Queen Rania attended some of these meetings, according to the statement.  His Majesty met separately with Spanish King Felipe VI, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emanuel ...

Jordanian King, US President discuss developments in Middle East

King Abdullah II of Jordan has held talks with US President Donald Trump, focusing on efforts to revive the peace process and the overall developments in the Middle East. According to the Jordan News Agency, the talks touched on ways of enhancing cooperation and strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States in various fields. The talks stressed the need ...

IOM, EU, Jordan launch EUR5.28 million border management project

The United Nations Migration Agency, IOM, the European Union, EU, and the Jordanian Armed Forces have launched a project to support border management in Jordan. The project, funded by the EU Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, will support Jordanian authorities in improving security and facilitating humanitarian assistance in the country’s north-eastern border with Syria. Jordan plays a key role ...

Second Gulf- Jordanian Economic Forum to kick off Thursday

The 2nd Gulf-Jordanian Economic Forum, which is organised by the Jordan Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Federation of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, will kick off in Amman on Thursday. According to Petra, the Jordan News Agency, the forum will discuss means to forge closer trade and investment relations between the two sides and further boost trade ...

Jordan Eases Education Enrollment Rules for Syrian Refugees

Prime Minister Hani Mulki has approved a request for Syrian refugees to enroll in government schools without possessing required documents. To avoid overcrowding, the new students would attend afternoon sessions in double-shift schools. Special programs have also been introduced to help Syrian children catch up on the years of education they have missed. Approximately 80,000 Syrian children in Jordan were ...

President of Royal Hashemite Court receives new UAE Ambassador to Jordan

Dr. Fayez Al-Tarawneh, Chief of the Royal Court of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, received on Monday at the Court, Matar Saif Al-Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Jordan, to congratulate him on his appointment. During the meeting, Al-Tarawneh praised the distinguished UAE-Jordanian relations and the two sides discussed prospects of cooperation between the two brotherly countries and means of developing them. ...