Jordan

April 24, 2014

Jordan's leadership has repeatedly expressed concern over the fact that the Kingdom may suffer from a Syrian civil war spillover effect, particularly in terms of more jihadists entering the Kingdom (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Jordan has added new controversial articles to its anti-terrorism law in its effort to stop local jihadists from heading to Syria to fight in the country's ongoing war.

Maan is experiencing an increase in civil unrest as citizens continue to clash with police forces. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

One man died after riots broke out in Maan earlier this week.

April 23, 2014

The Institut Français in Jordan is collaborating with the Royal Film Commission-Jordan to bring together the Jordanian Short Film Competition. (Image: Albawaba edit)
09:37 GMT

Jordanian filmmakers are now invited to submit their work for the Jordanian Short Film Competition.

In order to incentivise more Jordanian companies to join the programme, Jordan Customs is introducing new mechanisms that include revised and less stringent requirements and more benefits.
03:55 GMT

“This revised form will enable Jordanian trading companies to strengthen their competitive edge in both domestic and international markets,” the statement said.

April 22, 2014

Zaatari is Jordan's fourth largest city and the second biggest refugee camp in the world. (AFP/File)
12:04 GMT

Jordan's Zaatari problem - when a host community can't cope.

Al Aqsa mosque compound is Islam's third holiest site. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT

Jordan has summoned the Israeli ambassador to Amman over recent clashes at al Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

April 20, 2014

The four men are accused of planning to help "would-be" jihadists enter Syria from Jordan. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Four citizens residing in the Jordanian city of Irbid were arrested late last week for allegedly attempting to facilitate the entry of “would-be Islamist fighters” into Syria, according to Islamist and official sources.

Jordan recently launched a religious tourism campaign to encourage travelers to visit sites such as the alleged baptism site of Jesus (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
11:00 GMT

As tourists continue to flock to Jordan en masse, the Hashemite Kingdom is recording higher revenue profits than ever before.

Zoe Saldana is best known for her roles in Avatar and as the new Uhura in the resurrected Star Trek franchise. The proudly black Latina actress from Dominica has been broadcasting her other DNA, confirming in a recent TV interview that she is also part Lebanese, loves Lebanese cooking and is uber-proud of her Middle Eastern roots.
09:02 GMT

Wake up Hollywood - Western entertainment is overdue for an Arab awakening! Here's Al-Bawaba's list of 10 influential celebrities you didn't know had Arab roots.

April 17, 2014

Ensour stressed that the Kingdom is in need of support from all Arab states to be able to continue its pan-Arab nationalist role.
22:37 GMT

Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said this week that Jordan's economy is recovering and moving steadily forward despite the global financial crisis and the Syrian infighting.

Orlando sits with Syrian refugees on his visit to the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. (Image: UNICEF)
07:47 GMT

Actor and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visited the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan to highlight the plight of Syrian refugees.

Aitan was kidnapped in Tripoli on Tuesday by an anonymous armed group. (Courtesy of The Jordan Times)
07:19 GMT

Libyan authorities said they still have no news about the fate of Fawaz Aitan, the Jordanian ambassador who was abducted in Tripoli on Tuesday morning.

April 16, 2014

Jordan's armed forces is expected to release a more detailed report later Wednesday (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
12:24 GMT

Jordan's air force shot down armored vehicles trying to enter the Kingdom from Syria Wednesday.

Tuesday’s ruling marked the longest prison term handed down to a non-Jordanian suspected of providing military support to the FSA. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT

The Jordanian State Security Court on Tuesday sentenced three Syrians to five-year prison terms for attempting to provide arms and explosives to the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

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.