Monthly Archives: February 2019

IFRC Jordan Country Program Overview 2019

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long provided a safe haven to refugees from neighbouring countries. As a result of prolonged conflict in the Middle East, Jordan has hosted several waves of refugees and displaced people (Palestine, Iraq and Syria). This has had a significant impact on the population growth rate, leading to pressure on natural resources, growing income disparities ...

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Arabic press review: Investors flee Jordan as economic situation deteriorates

Investors hustle to escape from Jordan Investors are fleeing Jordan as the kingdom continues to struggle economically, reports online news site Arabi21. Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, who replaced Hani Mulki after he resigned last June because of massive protests, told Reuters this week that the economy is back on track. Over the past three years, Jordan has lost $1.8bn in real estate investment, which has gone instead to ...

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Further drop in temperatures forecast for today as heavy rainfall moves in

AMMAN — Temperatures are expected to drop further today, with very cold, cloudy and rainy conditions forecast for most parts of the Kingdom, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said on Wednesday.  Rainfall is expected to be heavy and accompanied by thunder and hail in some areas, which may lead to flooding in valleys and low-lying areas, including Aqaba, the JMD ...

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Theresa May to launch support for Jordan as ‘beacon of stability’ in Middle East

Theresa May is set to announce new support for Jordan to ensure the Middle East kingdom remains a “beacon of stability” in an unstable region. Among the package of economic measures is a commitment to underwriting a £188 million World Bank loan to help the country borrow money at a lower rate and manage its national debt. Speaking at a ...

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Arabia Weather: Peak of weather depression arrives to Jordan

The peak of the expected fourth-degree weather depression has just arrived to the Kingdom, as Jordan will be affected by a very strong air mass in a couple of hours, bringing continued and torrential rainfall in large northern and central parts of the Kingdom, according to Arabia Weather. Heavy rainfall might form floods and rise water levels in the valleys, ...

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Court filing links exposed spy to Israel’s Black Cube

LONDON (AP) — A Canadian attorney says he appears to have been targeted by the same undercover operative unmasked by The Associated Press at a New York hotel last month , drawing a line between the man and the notorious Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube. In a court filing made public last week, Toronto attorney Darryl Levitt says that the ...

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Israel rejects UN report claiming war crimes at Gaza protests

United Nations investigators said Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes over the killing of 189 Palestinians and wounding of more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last year. “The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were ...

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Israel Releases Palestinian Lawmaker Held for Nearly Two Years Without Trial

Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar was released Thursday after being held by Israel for 20 months in administrative detention. Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was arrested for her activity in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and jailed without charges. Jarrar is a well-known figure on the Palestinian political scene and was active for many years as an advocate on ...

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Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel PM faces corruption charges

Avichai Mandelblit said Mr Netanyahu would face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three cases, pending a final hearing. The prime minister is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more positive press coverage. Mr Netanyahu, who is facing an election in April, has denied any wrongdoing. ...

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UN says Israel’s killings at Gaza protests may amount to war crimes

UN investigators have accused Israeli soldiers of intentionally firing on civilians and said they may have committed war crimes in their lethal response to Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza. The independent Commission of Inquiry, set up last year by the UN’s human rights council, said Israeli forces killed 189 people and shot more than 6,100 others with live ammunition near the fence ...

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