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Plan to transfer people with intellectual disabilities to family-based environments begins
AMMAN — The Ministry of Social Development is preparing the draft set of regulations concerning the transfer of 500 persons with intellectual disabilities from residential care institutions to family-based environments, a ministry official said. (...)
Jordan Times - 15 June 2018
ECB to end bond buys but signals rate hike is distant
RIGA/FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank (ECB) announced on Thursday it would wrap up its unprecedented bond purchase scheme by the close of the year, its biggest step in dismantling crisis-era stimulus a decade after the start of the (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Four key suspects in Hungary migrant truck deaths jailed for 25 years
KECSKEMÉT, Hungary — The four main suspects involved in the gruesome deaths of 71 migrants in a truck on an Austrian highway in 2015 were jailed for 25 years on Thursday, in a case that sparked international revulsion. The ruling followed a (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Deaths by Israeli fire darken Eid Al Fitr holiday in Gaza
GAZA — Israel's killing of at least 130 Palestinians during protests at the Gaza border is casting a shadow in the enclave on its celebration of Eid Al Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Economic hardship (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Cabinet withdraws tax bill, says reforms vital
AMMAN — Prime Minister Omar Razzaz has decided to withdraw the 2018 income tax law from the Lower House. The decision was announced following the first meeting of the new Cabinet on Thursday, during which the Council of Ministers discussed all (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Central Bank raises overnight interest rate
AMMAN — The Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) on Thursday decided to increase the interest rates on its overnight dinar deposit by 25 basis points, effective on Tuesday, June 19, a CBJ statement said. The CBJ, in the statement carried by the Jordan (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Jordan celebrates Eid Al Fitr with plans for smooth holiday
AMMAN — Jordan celebrates on Friday Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. On the occasion, His Majesty posted a Tweet congratulating Jordanians and the Islamic nation. “May this Eid Al Fitr bring peace and blessings (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Clashes halt oil loadings at major Libyan ports of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf
BENGHAZI/LONDON — The major Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were closed and evacuated on Thursday due to attacks by armed brigades opposed to the powerful eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, causing a production loss of 240,000 barrels (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
In Gaza, unpaid government salaries crush livelihoods
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Hani Al Laham sits down to a family dinner after a long day of fasting, but he has little to celebrate as the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approaches. Despite Laham having a monthly salary of 1,700 (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
UN council meets amid call for freeze on Yemen port offensive
United Nations, United States — The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Thursday to address fears that a Saudi-led coalition's offensive on a key port in Yemen will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. Sweden, a non-permanent council (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Prince Al-Hussein chairs Crown Prince Foundation meeting
AMMONNEWS - Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II on Thursday chaired meeting of the Crown Prince Foundation's (CPF) Board of Trustees, during which he was briefed on progress of the CPF's initiatives and future development plans.During the (...)
Ammon - 14 June 2018
New government sworn in
AMMAN—Prime Minister Omar Razzaz and members of his Cabinet were sworn in on Thursday before His Majesty King Abdullah. In addition to Razzaz, who was designated by King Abdullah on June 5th to form a new government, the Cabinet includes 28 (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Iran ‘will begin uranium enrichment at Fordow if nuclear deal unravels’
BEIRUT — Iran will begin uranium enrichment at its Fordow plant and will install new nuclear equipment at its Natanz facility if it withdraws from a nuclear deal with major powers, said the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
Premier-designate continues consultations to form his Cabinet
AMMAN — Prime Minister-designate Omar Razzaz continued consultations on Wednesday to form a new government after being tasked by His Majesty King Abdullah, according to informed sources. They indicated that the new government is expected to be (...)
Jordan Times - 14 June 2018
'Jordan Museum is an ever living testimony to Kingdom's history'
AMMAN — Visitors of The Jordan Museum are given the chance to travel through time and history, as displayed artefacts tell stories of a land that witnessed the presence of many civilisations over the course of more than 1.5 million years, an (...)
Jordan Times - 13 June 2018
France donates medical equipment to Jordanian field hospital in Gaza
AMMAN — The French Ambassador to Jordan David Bertolotti on Wednesday handed over various medical equipments to the Royal Medical Services (RMS), as part of France's support to Palestinians injured in Gaza. During the handover ceremony, which (...)
Jordan Times - 13 June 2018
Arab states launch biggest assault of Yemen war with attack on main port
ADEN, Yemen — A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world's biggest (...)
Jordan Times - 13 June 2018
Lebanon foreign minister escalates refugee row with UN agency
BEIRUT — Lebanon's caretaker foreign minister escalated his row with the UN refugee agency UNHCR on Wednesday, accusing it at a news conference of working to stop refugees from returning to Syria. The UNHCR has denied similar accusations, saying (...)
Jordan Times - 13 June 2018
In Syria's Kobani, a monument to lives lost and battles won
KOBANI, Syria — With a father's tenderness, Adham Olaiki clears dried leaves and twigs from his son's final resting place, a neat marble grave on the edge of Syria's Kobani. It is a gloomy morning and rain clouds are forming ominously overhead, (...)
Jordan Times - 13 June 2018
In Iraq's Mosul, women desperate for news of 'disappeared'
MOSUL, Iraq — Every Friday since Mosul was prised from the Daesh militant group's clutches last July, women gather in the Iraqi city's Al Minassa Square, desperate to learn the fate of husbands and sons. Dressed in black, with children in tow and (...)
Jordan Times - 13 June 2018
Erdogan, rivals woo Turkey's crucial Kurdish vote
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Turkey's Kurds are set to play a critical role in determining the outcome of elections this month, with their votes coveted not just by the main pro-Kurdish party but also President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his chief rival. (...)
Jordan Times - 13 June 2018

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