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Jordan, US sign $771 mn natural gas deal

Jordan, US sign $771 mn natural gas dealAmman, Feb 20 - Jordan and the US have signed a 15-year natural gas deal worth $771 million, which may enable gas supply through a pipeline by the beginning of 2016.

The deal was signed between Jordan's Arab Potash Company and US-based Nobel Energy to provide the potash company with natural gas. The supply of natural gas is expected to start early 2016, Xinhua quoted the Jordanian company as saying in a statement Wednesday.

Jordan lawmakers for severing peace treaty with Israel

Jordan lawmakers for severing peace treaty with IsraelAmman, Feb 17 - Jordan's Lower House Sunday called for revoking the nation's peace treaty with Israel as the Israeli Knesset sought to end Jordan's role in the protection of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

The 150-member house called on the Jordanian government to submit a law to revoke the peace treaty, which Jordan and Israeli signed in 1994, Xinhua quoted a statement issued by the house's Palestine Committee as saying.

Jordan says it can handle chemical threat posed by Syria

Jordan-Flag.Amman, Jan 1 : Jordan has said it is prepared to deal with any potential chemical weapon threat posed by the violence in neighbouring Syria.

The country, however, added that it will not enter "any alliance" to protect itself.

Jordan, the US and others have expressed concern that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could use chemical weapons in a last-ditch effort to save his regime, the Gulf News reports.

Information Minister Sameeh Maaytah did not give details on Jordan's capabilities to thwart a chemical attack in remarks carried by the official Petra news agency on Sunday.

Iran is allowed to "play mischief" in the Middle East region, says Jordan’s King

Jordan's King Abdullah has said that if Iran is "playing mischief" in the Middle East region, then its regime is being allowed to make mischief.

Abdullah told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Tuesday, "If there are those that are saying that Iran is playing mischief, then, I say it is being allowed to play mischief. The platform they use is the injustice of the Palestinians and Jerusalem."

The king, who will be attending U.S. President Barack Obama's nuclear security summit next week, said, if the platform, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for Iran's behavior goes away, Iran's influence through Hezbollah and Hamas in Gaza "diminishes or becomes non-existent."

National Bank of Abu Dhabi Opens Its Jordan Branch

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) will officially roll out its operation from in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 23rd. National Bank of Abu Dhabi is second UAE bank after Dubai Islamic Bank to open branch in Jordan. It had already received nod for opening a new branch from the Central Bank of Jordan.

Directors and Senior Management of the Bank would be in Jordan for officially inaugurating the branch which has already started its soft operations on February 7, 2010. Meanwhile, NBAD Regional Manager in Jordan Mr. Imad Marar, having a vast experience of 32 years in the banking industry, would lead the new branch in Jordan.

Jordan rejects Israeli offer of partial settlement freeze

Jordan rejects Israeli offer of partial settlement freezeAmman, Nov 27 The Jordanian government Thursday rejected Israel's latest offer to temporarily freeze settlement activity in the West Bank excluding East Jerusalem, which Israel seized from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war.

"The unilateral Israeli plan for partial cessation of settlement activity in the occupied West Bank is an insufficient step, which fails to meet the world community's requirements for the two-state vision," Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said.

Arab stocks lacklustre ahead of Muslim festivities

Arab stocks lacklustre ahead of Muslim festivities Amman - Most of Arab stock markets extended losses this week ahead of Eid al-Adha festivities due to start on November 27, financial analysts said Friday.

They also attributed the plunge to declines on global markets, the foggy picture surrounding the world recovery and instable oil prices.

Jordan blasts Israeli plan to build 900 new settlement units

Jordan blasts Israeli plan to build 900 new settlement units Amman  - Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Tuesday condemned as "a flagrant challenge" to the world community an Israeli plan to build 900 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, which the Jewish state captured from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war.

Judeh made the remark during a meeting with visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Jordan uncovers network for forging residence permits for Iraqis

Jordan uncovers network for forging residence permits for Iraqis Amman - Jordanian security authorities have broken up a network involved in forging residence permits for Iraqis, the daily al-Ghad reported Tuesday.

Members of the group, led by an unidentified businessman, were arrested at the end of October and were being charged with criminal forgery and fraud, the paper quoted official sources as saying.

Jordan's king departs on working visit to Britain

King Abdullah II Amman  - Jordan's King Abdullah II flew to London on Sunday for a "working visit" to Britain which was due to last for several days, the royal court announced.

The monarch, accompanied by Queen Rania, is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on "latest developments in the Middle East, particularly efforts being made to establish peace based on the two-state vision", a royal court statement said.

Arab stocks sink on receding confidence, slip of global markets

Arab stocks sink on receding confidence, slip of global marketsAmman  - Arab stock markets plummeted for the second week in a row, reflecting retreating confidence on the part of investors who appeared increasingly geared to the performance of global bourses, financial analysts said Friday.

However, they pointed out that oil prices and the projected spending of the governments of the oil-rich Gulf countries would continue to act as key moving factors for regional markets.

Jordan opposition parties, trade unions want peace pact cancelled

Jordan opposition parties, trade unions want peace pact cancelledAmman  - A coalition of Jordanian opposition parties and trade unions Monday marking the 15th anniversary of the Jordan- Israel peace treaty, demanded its "cancellation," saying it only benefited the occupation machinations of the Jewish state.

Jordanian police investigating attack on opposition leader

Jordanian police investigating attack on opposition leaderAmman  - Jordanian security authorities on Monday were investigating an attack on veteran opposition leader Leith Shbeilat by unknown assailants.

Editorial writers demanded the culprits be brought to justice and the motives behind Sunday's attack be revealed to the public.

Hundreds of people also staged a sit-in Sunday at the Professional Associations Complex to protest the attack on Shbeilat, who formerly served as a lawmaker and head of the Jordan Engineering Association.

Iraq's al-Maliki discusses elections with his Jordanian counterpart

Iraq's al-Maliki discusses elections with his Jordanian counterpartAmman  - Jordanian Prime Minister Nader Dahabi conferred Thursday with his Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki about general elections in his neighbouring country on Jaqnuary 30, according to an official statement.

Al-Maliki stopped over in Amman on his way back home from a visit to the United States.

Jordan seeks pope's help on Jerusalem holy sites

Jordan seeks pope's help on Jerusalem holy sites Amman  - Jordan has sought assistance from Pope Benedict XVI to stop what it calls Israel's "unilateral measures" in East Jerusalem, which the Jewish state captured from the Hashemite Kingdom in the 1967 War, an official statement said Thursday.

The request was made by Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, who met the pontiff at the Vatican Wednesday, transferring a message from King Abdullah II.

Africans dominate Amman International Marathon

Africans dominate Amman International Marathon Amman  - Kenya's David Kiptum won the Amman International Marathon with the participation of about 12,000 runners representing 71 countries, organizers said Sunday.

Kiptum clocked 2 hours, 20 minutes and 48 seconds, followed by Ethiopia's Gezahagn Girma Beyene with a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 39 seconds. Italy's Said Boudalia trailed him by 19 seconds to come in third.

Jordan's king meets Zapatero, urges "effective" EU Mideast role

Jordan's king meets Zapatero, urges "effective" EU Mideast roleAmman  - Jordanian King Abdullah II conferred Friday with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero and urged the European Union to adopt "effective" action against unilateral Israeli measures in East Jerusalem.

"The monarch urged the world community, particularly the European Union, to take an effective action against unilateral Israeli measures which seek to change the identity of the holy city and the sacred shrines there," a royal court statement said.

Jordan passes tough jail terms on 12 al-Qaeda-linked terrorists

Jordan passes tough jail terms on 12 al-Qaeda-linked terrorists Amman - Jordan's State Security Court on Thursday sentenced 12 al-Qaeda-linked Islamists to jail terms ranging between 15 and 20 years with hard labour after finding them guilty of carrying out, or plotting, acts of terrorism against churches and tourists inside the country, judicial sources said.

The tribunal first passed death sentences against four defendants, but they were commuted to 20-year imprisonment, to give them a chance to correct their conduct, given their young age.

Jordan's royals to visit Italy on Monday

Jordan's royals to visit Italy on MondayAmman - Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania will pay a state visit to Italy on Monday at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and his wife, the royal court announced Wednesday.

During the visit, which is due to last for several days, Abdullah will have talks with Napolitano and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on developments in the Middle East and efforts towards a resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, officials said.

The discussions will also focus on means of boosting bilateral ties, particularly in the economic and trade spheres.

Jordan reports first swine flu fatality

Jordan reports first swine flu fatalityAmman - A young man with a severely compromised immune system became the first fatality in Jordan from the swine flu, Jordanian authorities announced Monday.

The victim, a 26-year-old man, died hours before his contraction of the H1N1 virus could be verified, as he suffered from "dangerous disorders that jeopardized his immune system, including tuberculosis," Minister of Public Health Nayef al-Fayez said.

The number of swine flu cases so far discovered in Jordan were at 850, the minister said. (dpa)




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