Jordan

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.

September 21, 2013

Marcel Khalife's poetic passions: “Magical nights at the Amman citadel” gave us the Lebanese lute legend and an audience rich in his cult-following. The Arab musical icon charmed Amman fans with classic tunes on tap and did not disappoint the Palestinian heritage in Jordan’s temple venue with his staple Mahmoud Darwish homage anthems.
12:01 GMT

Rocking the Roman ruins: from Baalbeck to Amman, highlighting the summer's performances in classic sites and venues. A roundup of musical stars performing the Middle East’s ancient ruins.

September 19, 2013

Activists are accusing the Assad regime of using phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. Zaatari refugee camps, which houses over 120,000 Syrian refugees forced out of their country by violence, lies only a few kilometres from the border. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Sparking fears of a regional spillover of the Syrian crisis, activists said Wednesday that the Syrian government has used phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. The alleged use of the weapons raises questions over the regime's use of chemical weapons.

September 18, 2013

Jordan's King Abdullah II (C) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. (AFP)
16:52 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday and discussed the recent US-Russian led plan that aims to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

US discuss technical support to Jordanian industries
13:55 GMT

Jordan Chamber of Industry Chairman Ayman Hatahet and US Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones on Monday discussed ways to boost economic cooperation between the two countries.

September 16, 2013

Mashrou Leila jammed the night away in Amman. (Image: Jordan Times/ Gaelle Sundelin)
09:36 GMT

The crowd was quickly in a frenzy as Mashrou Leila mixed up their jazzy, upbeat rock tunes with old French classics in the enchanting Roman ampitheatre setting.