Jordan

April 15, 2014

Jordan's ambassador was kidnapped from his car by militants Tuesday (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
20:02 GMT

Jordan's ambassador to Libya is being held by Al Qaeda-affiliated kidnappers who are demanding the release of a Libyan who is serving a life prison sentence in Jordan.

A Libyan official said that the militants opened fire at al-Etan's vehicle, wounding his driver and forcing the diplomat out at gunpoint. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT

Unidentified Libyan gunmen on Tuesday abducted Jordan's ambassador to Tripoli, officials reported.

April 13, 2014

Karim beautifully curated the Springs & Pianos Festival in Amman this week. (Image: Facebook)
17:17 GMT

Karim Said, alongside a number of talented fellow musicians, brought the Strings & Pianos stage to life with live recitals of Chopin, Dvorak and Rachmaninov.

Happy Jordan: Solid choreography and slick production make this a winner!  Produced by BeAmman, a grassroots website that promotes the city of Amman, it sets spectacular dance moves against the backdrop of the Citadel, Roman Amphitheater and Amman skyline. Best scene? The two old men in red fez waving their coats as they dance down the street!
14:17 GMT

If it hasn't already reached its sell-by, what’s the appeal of Pharrell William’s pop sensation “Happy”? and how has it fared across the Middle East's far-flung corners?

Munther Rihana fell, but he's rising again! (Image: Facebook)
11:01 GMT

Ouch! Munther Rihana sustained injuries after falling from the horse he was riding during filming of the TV drama "Al Malhami".

April 12, 2014

Highly-anticipated: Macadi will be performing in Cairo this month. (Image: Soundcloud)
11:39 GMT

Macadi Nahhas returns to Cairo's Al-Genaina Theatre on Friday 18 April as part of the venue's early spring programme.

April 10, 2014

Karim Said at the piano keys. (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT

"Karim Said is not to be missed. Seriously." wrote one Facebook fan on her deep desire to see this piano playing dude in concert this week.

April 9, 2014

Coca Cola Street Rules - Jordan
13:40 GMT

A heartwarming story about a group of passionate and football crazy teens who come from a small village on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan...

He added that the volume of projects that applied to benefit from the Investment  Promotion Law reached JD1.92 billion (around $2.7 billion) in 2013 compared to JD1.61 billion ($2.2 billion) in 2012.
03:55 GMT

In previous remarks to The Jordan Times, Ruoshoud said Jordan's investment inflows rose by 19.5 per cent in 2013 “reflecting investors’ confidence in the Kingdom’s economy and business environment".

ICT Minister Azzam Sleit, who did not wish to name the company, said the door remains open for other operators to acquire such frequencies to introduce 4G services, which enable data transfer rates of up to 150 megabits per second.
00:43 GMT

One of the country’s three telecom operators has submitted an official request to acquire frequencies to introduce fourth generation (4G) services in the Kingdom, a government official said on Tuesday.

April 8, 2014

Amman and Beijing agreed to expedite the implementation of development schemes China has agreed to fund through grants
09:55 GMT

China has extended more than $162 million to Jordan in the form of loans and grants between 1999 and 2013.

April 7, 2014

Jordan's King Abdullah is due to visit Russia on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah is due to pay a working visit to Russia on Wednesday, during which he will meet President Vladimir Putin.

April 6, 2014

Zaatari is the world's second biggest refugee camp and Jordan's fourth largest city. It is home to some 106,000 refugees. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

The Jordanian authorities have dismissed reports that a Syrian refugee woman was killed at Zaatari camp after clashes with security forces broke out this weekend.

The IMF official said growth increased to about 3 per cent in 2013
06:52 GMT

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) executive board is expected to approve the disbursement of $264 million to Jordan late this month under a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA).

April 3, 2014

The soaring (65m) Minaret of Jam sits in a deep river valley amidst towering mountains in Ghur province, Afghanistan. Built in the 12th century, its elaborate brickwork and blue-tiled top inscription represent the architectural and artistic tradition of this region.  High elevation won’t protect it from river flooding!
12:38 GMT

Arab World Heritage Sites Threatened by Climate Change