Jordan

December 15, 2013

The richest Arab businesspeople also include Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who came in first place in the region and 26th worldwide with a fortune estimated at $20 billion.
03:55 GMT

His company had sales of more than $11 billion during the year.

December 14, 2013

1,500 US troops will stay in Jordan until "the [regional] security situation improves," said the White House this weekend (Courtesy of Petra News Agency)
12:55 GMT

The White House announced to Congress this weekend that 1,500 US troops in Jordan will remain in the Kingdom due to the regional security situation.

December 10, 2013

MERASH is a unique dance style created by dance professional Ghadeer Amiereh. (Image: Shutterstock/MERASH official logo)
12:50 GMT

Is it a mirage in the desert? No it's the attack of MERASH - a new dance craze to hit the Middle East! We spoke to Jordanian dance professional Ghadeer Amiereh about her new revolutionary dance style, and how it is empowering everyday women.

Abu Qatada, seen here in an old photo before he was brought back to Jordan for his trial, is charged with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack on the American school in Amman, among other things. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

The trial of Jordanian citizen Omar Mohammad Othman, better known as Abu Qatada, began on Tuesday in Amman with a panel of civilian judges.

The PISA 2012 results showed 85 per cent of Dubai’s students reported that they are happy at their schools, above the global average of 80 per cent
03:55 GMT

Students in UAE schools are much happier than their counterparts in the UK and USA, according to the results of a new global study.

December 9, 2013

Pool time: Diana was criticized for posting a picture of her while relaxing in a swimming pool. (Image: Facebook)
12:45 GMT

Fans put Diana Karazon in the hot seat after posting a chilled out pic of her in a swimming pool. Oh, for shame!

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.