Jordan

August 12, 2014

Jordan's credit challenges lie mostly in its fiscal and external accounts.
15:21 GMT

The rating agency says that although domestic politics have been fairly stable, the government faces continued pressure to maintain social spending.

Omar Al Abdalaat is taking a career hiatus (Image: Facebook).
06:26 GMT

The Jordanian singer is postponing his album and canceling his concerts as a step of solidarity with the people of Gaza.

August 11, 2014

Security sources confirmed that 20 suspected jihadists had been arrested due to “security concerns” (AFP/ File Archive).
17:00 GMT

Jordanian security services arrested 20 suspected jihadists with alleged ties to the Islamic State on Sunday.

August 10, 2014

"This process should be gradual as one cannot change a 30- year-old policy in three months. The process should be a step at a time," Ahmed said.
14:18 GMT

According to Ahmed, future generations of Jordanians will have to shoulder the burden of indebtedness arising from the budget deficit.

August 7, 2014

Jordan harbors over 1 million refugees. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Human Rights Watch accused Jordan of denying entry to or forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees.

Egypt has witnessed a rise in militant attacks across the Sinai Peninsula since the ousting of ex president, Mohamed Morsi (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

A pipeline to Jordan was attacked and blown up by unknown assailants in the Sinai Peninsula Thursday, security sources reported.

August 6, 2014

Jordanian protesters set a makeshift Israeli flag on fire during a demonstration calling for an end to the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, in Amman, on August 05, 2014. [AFP]
10:08 GMT

Jordan has submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) calling for a permanent cessation of Israel’s atrocities in the besieged Gaza Strip.

August 5, 2014

The $150 million power plant — which will be the largest PV facility in the Middle East — is one of the main projects in Jordan’s plan to diversify its power generation portfolio.
21:01 GMT

The US company said it has also finalised a long-term operations and maintenance contract for the project, which is expected to be operational by early 2016.

A major objective of the law, according to Majali, is to ensure the local administrations in the governorates have more powers to develop and manage services.
20:51 GMT

The municipalities and decentralisation draft laws seek to enhance citizens’ participation in decision making, according to Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

August 3, 2014

A Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, which is likely to receive part of the additional aid the U.S. is providing to Jordan (AFP/ File Archive).
07:53 GMT

The United States will provide Jordan an additional $84 million in aid for Syrian refugees, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than $388 million in Jordan, and more than $2.4 billion in total throughout Syria and the region.

July 27, 2014

Amman has dropped 14 places from 89 to 103 in Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey, which shows the most expensive expatriate destinations in the world.
05:16 GMT

But expatriates and an analyst said they find Amman “a city that gets more and more expensive every year”.

July 24, 2014

(Photo courtesy of the Royal Court).
14:21 GMT

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein supervised the dispatch of a humanitarian assistance convoy carrying food and medical supplies for Gaza on Wednesday.

A still from "Theeb." (Image: Facebook)
12:31 GMT

Theeb, a Jordanian feature film, has been selected for the Orizzonti Competition section of the Venice International Film Festival.

July 21, 2014

Riot police kept protestors from approaching the Israeli embassy (AFP/File)
07:49 GMT

Hundreds of people gathered near the Israeli embassy in Amman to voice their support for Palestinians in Gaza.

The number of jobless Jordanians is expected to reach 400,000 in 2030 if the unemployment rate continues at its last year’s rate of 12.6 per cent
04:55 GMT

The official figures showed that unemployment among males who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher reached 20.8 per cent, while among university graduate females it was nearly 82 per cent.