Jordan

December 9, 2013

The Jordanian version of the Dead Sea-Red Sea canal will channel 1.9 billion cubic meters of water per day from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea once the final agreement has been signed. [greenprophet]
11:21 GMT

History is expected to be made upon the signing of the an agreement that would allow water to be drawn from the Red Sea in order to provide desalinated water to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians as well as rescue the dying Dead Sea.

According to Yediot Aharonot newspaper, which first broke the story, the idea dates back to the 1994 signing of a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan.
11:16 GMT

But don't get too carried away with the idealistic title, the deal is also all about guarding their strategic interests.

December 8, 2013

Amid fresh claims of a chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held town of Nabek on Friday, hundreds of Syrian refugees entered into Jordan this weekend. Here, refugees are seen entering Jordan via the northern border last week. (Photo courtesy of The Jordan Times/Nader Daoud)
12:49 GMT

Hundreds of Syrians fled to Jordan on Saturday as allegations of a new chemical weapons attack reportedly fuelled a fresh exodus from Damascus towards the border region.

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that Jordan is well up to the responsibilities needed to be a non-permanent member on the U.N. Security Council. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that the Hashemite Kingdom is more than capable of living up to the responsibility of being a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

The Lower House Financial Committee will request the government to downsize the 2014 state budget draft law, head of the committee said Saturday.
03:55 GMT

The draft budget for 2014 shows an increase in spending by JD920 million over the 2013 budget, taking government spending to JD8.096 billion.

December 7, 2013

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold up Jordanian national flags and shout slogans demanding political and economic reform, and access to cases of corruption, during a demonstration in Amman on June 14, 2013. [AFP]
11:00 GMT

Protest marches and sit-ins took place across Jordan on Friday, with demonstrators calling for security and safety in light of a recent wave of crime to hit the country, according to local media reports.

December 6, 2013

Jordan won 178 votes from among the 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly and was the only candidate put forward for the vacant post. [Getty Images]
19:01 GMT

The U.N. General Assembly has elected Jordan to the Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia rejected

December 5, 2013

Raed Hijazi, a Jordanian-American jihadist, was detained in Jordan last month (Courtesy of Lawrence Journal)
05:53 GMT

Jordan is cracking down on jihadists on hardline Islamists.

December 4, 2013

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey's Lady Mary, loves on Syrian refugees in Zaatari. (Image: Facebook)
10:52 GMT

Michelle Dockery, who plays the aloof aristocrat character of Lady Mary in the popular television series "Downton Abbey", is actually a compassionate individual on a mission to help the families at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

December 3, 2013

The Economic Freedom of the Arab World report compares and ranks Arab nations in five areas of economic freedom. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
05:12 GMT

The annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute has ranked Arab nations in terms of economic freedom.

Activists and residents claim that 50 Syrian refugees trapped along the Jordanian-Syrian border by regime bombing and shelling starved to death earlier this month. [eaworldview[
04:29 GMT

Over 1,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their war torn country have entered the Hashemite Kingdom over the last three days.

December 2, 2013

 A lawsuit, with details still vague, by a Qatari company against the Social Security Investment Fund (SSIF) alleging it bought the fund’s stake in The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance was a hot topic of speculation in Jordan Sunday.
13:55 GMT

Describing the issue as “strange and shocking”, Odwan insisted that the alleged deal is a fraud.

Nicole Kidman is the only Australian to win an Oscar for Best Actress, according to her official website. (Image: Facebook)
06:04 GMT

A-lister Nicole Kidman will be jetting off to the Jordanian desert soon to film scenes for her upcoming movie "Queen of the Desert."

December 1, 2013

Jordan was one of the top ranked countries for economic freedom in the report, despite its growing notoriety for some of the highest taxes in the region. Jordanians gathered earlier this year to protest against tax hikes on cooking gas and telecommunications (AFP)
06:48 GMT

A recent report released by a Canadian public policy think tank suggests that Bahrain, Jordan and the UAE have the highest levels of economic freedom in the region.

Jordanian soldiers watch over Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country after they crossed into Jordanian territory with their families from Syria into Jordan. [haaretz]
04:40 GMT

Civilians were killed crossing the Jordanian-Syrian border increasing death toll of the number of refugees by ten.