Jordan

October 4, 2013

Diana Karazon shows she's at least easy on the eyes! (Image: Facebook)
09:00 GMT

Jordanian singer Diana Karazon has recorded a new song in the Moroccan accent with the ever so pretentious title of "Ana Ahla" (I'm the Prettiest).

October 3, 2013

Jordan produces around 5 per cent of its needs of wheat, while the rest is imported from other countries, mainly the US
11:04 GMT

With Jordan officially receiving the go-ahead to invest in Russia wheat production, the authorities are encouraging local businessmen to enter joint ventures with their Russian counterparts and invest in the water-rich country.

The Kingdom ranked 44th in the education pillar, 68th in health and wellness, 97th in workforce and employment and 46th in terms of having an enabling environment.
09:44 GMT

The Human Capital Report details the findings of a new index that measures countries on their ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars: education; health and wellness; workforce and employment; and enabling environment.

October 2, 2013

FSA leadership claims that Assad's chemical weapons are already on the move. [almonitor]
13:11 GMT

Members of the Free Syrian Army are concerned that Assad already has weapons on the move to hide them from UN Inspectors.

Over two million refugees have fled war-torn Syria. [reformjudaism]
09:42 GMT

After almost two million refugees have fled Syria, countries are establishing quotas to ensure proper support.

October 1, 2013

Excluding foreign grants, the budget deficit would be JD842.6 million during the first seven months of 2013, compared with JD658.4 in the same period last year, the ministry indicated.
09:13 GMT

By the end of July 2013, the total debt reached JD17.6 billion, an amount that represents 73.5 per cent of the estimated gross domestic product (GDP) for 2013. The percentage is 2 points lower than the 2012 GDP.

September 29, 2013

Jordanian border near recent shelling from Syrian conflict. [staticflickr]
17:26 GMT

Jordan responds to Syrian government regarding recent border shelling.

Hacktivist group "Jordan Anonymous" attacked Jordan PM Abdullah Ensour's website late Saturday in response to rising taxes in the Kingdom (Courtesy of Jordan Times)
09:51 GMT

Computer hackers from the group, Anonymous Jordan, attacked the Prime Minister's website late Saturday leaving messages in protest against rising taxes in the Kingdom.

According to recent estimates, Jordan has opened its borders to more than 580,000 Syrian refugees since the conflict began in 2011.
05:31 GMT

The government on Thursday said that Jordan needs $850 million in additional international assistance should the country’s Syrian refugee community surpass one million persons as forecast by UN agencies.

September 28, 2013

Syrian rebel forces have captured a post in the town of Daraa (Image credit: AFP)
17:16 GMT

Syrians rebels have captured a post in the town of Daraa near the border with Jordan.

September 26, 2013

Describing the performance of the sector as good so far, he credited Syrians in Jordan for higher sales.
12:03 GMT

Jordanian expatriates and Arab visitors boosted clothing sales in summer, offsetting a slowdown in domestic consumer spending, according to a leading merchant.

September 25, 2013

Free Syrian Army rebels have take control of the Daraa-Ramtha border crossing (Courtesy of Bana Malkawi/Ammon News)
19:56 GMT

The Free Syrian Army has gained control of the Daraa-Ramtha border as of Wednesday.

King Abdullah II of Jordan attends a luncheon at the UN in New York. He called for international help on the Syrian crisis, and warned that Jordan cannot continue to support the Syrian refugees alone. (AFP)
07:58 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah on Tuesday made an impassioned speech to the UN, calling for a political solution to the Syrian crisis and calling on the international community to help Jordan provide humanitarian assistance to the refugees who sought a safe haven in the Kingdom.

September 24, 2013

Mafraq Governorate's population has increased by 70 per cent since the crisis started, which created extra pressure on its infrastructure and services.
13:59 GMT

Responding to a question about Jordan receiving $5 billion from international donors in assistance for the refugee crisis, Majali said "promises are one thing and implementing them on the ground is another".

September 22, 2013

The Arab Potash Company (APC) has decided to operate at a reduced rate due to uncertainties in world potash markets and the resultant impact on demand.
14:32 GMT

In a disclosure sent last week to the Amman Stock Exchange, APC Acting General Manager William Flahr announced that operations for the foreseeable future will be at approximately 20 per cent of total production capacity.