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EU approves 200 million Euros loan to Jordan

Jordan has announced that it will receive further Macro-Financial Assistance, MFA, from the European Union, EU, valued at 200 million Euros. Jordan News Agency quoted Imad Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, as saying that the loan comes as part of commitments made by the EU during the “Supporting Syria and the Region conference” held in London in February ...

Jordanian House Speaker and Hungarian Ambassador discuss ties

The Speaker of the Jordanian Lower House of Parliament, Atef Tarawneh, met with the Hungarian Ambassador to Jordan, Chaba Tsebeera, and discussed bilateral ties and other issues of common interest. According to the Petra News Agency, Tarawneh said that Jordan, under the leadership of King Abdullah II, is keen to strengthen ties with Hungary, mainly in utilities, renewable energy, railways, ...

Jordan, Iraq on ‘good ground’ for joint work, country reconstruction — Iraqi president

AMMAN – The relationship between Jordan and Iraq is “as strong as ever” and based on mutual interests, rather than “political courtesy”, Iraqi President Fuad Massoum said on Friday. At a press conference, he noted that the two countries have “good ground” for joint work, stressing Iraq’s willingness to see the Kingdom engage in the post-war reconstruction efforts in his ...

Canadian tourist among seven killed by gunmen in Jordan, as police hunt suspects in Crusader-era castle

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Gunmen have killed seven people including a Canadian tourist and police officers in a city in southern Jordan where security forces were hunting down the unidentified attackers. The shootings took place in Karak, a tourist destination known for one of the biggest Crusader castles in the region, around 120 kilometres (70 miles) south of the capital ...

Appeal of women’s soccer growing, FIFA chief says in Jordan

FIFA’s president says the U-17 Women’s World Cup hosted by Jordan shows that “women’s football is not only confined to some parts of the world.” Gianni Infantino spoke late Friday, after attending the final match in which North Korea defeated Japan 5:4 in a penalty shootout. The competition was the first international women’s soccer tournament to be held in the ...

Jordan policeman fired at a training centre killing 5 trainers

A policeman has opened fire at a police training centre in Jordan, killing two Americans, a South African and two Jordanians, according to officials. The Jordanian embassy in Washington said the Jordanian assailant also wounded two Americans and two Jordanians, before being shot dead. President Barack Obama said the US was taking the attack “very seriously”. The US-funded Jordan International ...

Jordan rejects Syria charge of training ‘terrorists’

Jordan on Tuesday rejected Syrian accusations that “terrorists” were being given military training on its soil, insisting Amman favoured a political solution to its neighbour’s conflict. The Syrian foreign ministry, in a protest letter sent to the United Nations on Monday, alleged Jordan “provides logistical support to armed terrorist groups, including (Al-Qaeda affiliate) Al-Nusra Front”. It accused Jordan of having ...

Jordan ordered six men jailed for waving ISIS’ flag

A court in Jordan Monday ordered six men jailed for waving ISIS’ flag and singing jihadi slogans at a wedding. The state security court sentenced two defendants to five years in prison for “carrying out acts that expose the kingdom to the risk of hostile acts and ruining relations with foreign states.” The remaining four were sentenced in absentia to ...

Pilot and trainee were killed in Jordan military aircraft crash

A Jordanian pilot and an Iraqi trainee were killed when a light training aircraft crashed during a routine military exercise on Monday, the Jordanian army said. A T67 “Firefly aircraft crashed Monday morning, killing a Jordanian lieutenant colonel and his Iraqi trainee, during a routine training exercise” said Col. Mamdouh al-Amiri, a military spokesman. He said the crash occurred over ...

Jordan will help train Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS

Jordan says it will help train Syrian rebels as part of its fight against the extremist ISIS, which controls parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq. The training is part of a regional effort also involving Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar as hosts of training sites. The U.S. Congress has passed legislation providing $500 million for training about 5,000 rebels over the next year. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said ...