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 2020-06-03 18:41 

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Italy reopens to tourists from Europe...

ROME — Italy reopened to travellers from Europe on Wednesday, three months after the country went into coronavirus lockdown, with all hopes pinned on reviving the key tourism industry as the summer season begins. Gondolas were ready to punt along Ve...

 2020-06-03 18:39 

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Sudan protesters rally one year after bloody crackdown...

KHARTOUM — Sudanese protesters took to the streets of Khartoum Wednesday, angrily demanding justice for scores of pro-democracy demonstrators killed a year ago in a bloody crackdown. The popular mass movement had already brought down long-time ruler...

 2020-06-03 18:38 

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Global vaccine group urges virus solidarity ahead of summit...

PARIS — The head of the global vaccine alliance has warned "nobody is safe unless everybody is safe" from the new coronavirus, urging international solidarity ahead of a fund-raising summit as the pandemic threatens to trigger a resurgence o...

 2020-06-03 18:33 

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UNICEF hands over donation of PPE supplies to assist Jordan's COVID-19 response...

AMMAN — UNICEF has donated medical supplies comprising personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health in support of Jordan's national response to COVID-19. According to a UNICEF statement made available to The Jordan Times, the ha...

 2020-06-03 18:31 

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Abul Saud, Italian envoy discuss cooperation on Kingdom's 'National Water Carrier' project...

AMMAN — Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abul Saud on Wednesday met with Italian Ambassador to Jordan Fabio Cassese to discuss cooperation on Jordan's "National Water Carrier" project. During the meeting, Abul Saud reviewed the mini...

 2020-06-03 18:19 

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Quarantine can't quash Hong Kong golfer Tiffany's driving ambition...

HONG KONG — After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong's first US LPGA Tour player is spo...

 2020-06-03 18:16 

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The future of working and learning from home...

Long before the COVID-19 crisis, working from home by smartly using a computer and the Internet was a system that had already been adopted by a non-negligible number around the world. The technique and the concept therefore are nothing new. The lockdown s...

 2020-06-03 18:15 

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Stocks rally on swift recovery hopes...

LONDON — Growing optimism about a swift global economic recovery pushed equity markets higher on Wednesday, as investors took heart from further easing of lockdowns while looking past China-US tensions and civil unrest across America. The upbeat moo...

 2020-06-03 18:03 

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Poles to vote on June 28 in presidential election...

WARSAW — Poles will go to the polls on June 28 in a presidential election delayed by the coronavirus, the parliament speaker said on Wednesday, as surveys showed a liberal opposition candidate could oust the incumbent backed by the right-wing govern...

 2020-06-03 18:02 

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Joy in Gaza as mosques reopen after pandemic closure...

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Mosques in the Gaza Strip reopened on Wednesday after a 70-day closure due to the coronavirus, with one worshipper saying he was "overjoyed" despite fears over the pandemic. Wearing a black face mask, an ...

 2020-06-02 19:05 

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S. Arabia seeks to raise $2.3b in Yemen donor conference...

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia sought to raise $2.3 billion from an emergency donor conference on Tuesday to support Yemen — ravaged by a war in which the kingdom is a key actor, and a coronavirus outbreak — as the UN chief warned aid workers fac...

 2020-06-02 19:03 

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Palestinian family mourns son killed by Israeli forces...

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Iyad Hallak, a 32-year-old Palestinian man with autism, passed Israeli occupation forces every day to reach his special needs school in Jerusalem's Old City. Last week an Israeli soldier shot him dead, leaving his family sea...

 2020-06-02 19:01 

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Trump threatens military mobilisation against violent US protests...

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump vowed to order a military crackdown on once-in-a-generation violent protests gripping the United States, saying he was sending thousands of troops onto the streets of the capital and threatening to deploy soldiers...

 2020-06-02 18:53 

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Lockdown brings benefits of cycling to fore as World Bicycle Day marked amid pandemic...

AMMAN — In celebration of a means of transport that has emerged as a tool of resilience and "acknowledging its uniqueness, longevity and versatility", World Bicycle Day is being marked on June 3. A bicycle is a means of fostering sustainable...

 2020-06-02 18:53 

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Yemen: World's worst humanitarian crisis...

RIYADH — Yemen is wracked by a war which has killed tens of thousands of people and led to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations. The war between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces escalated in 2015 when a S...

 2020-06-02 18:52 

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Indonesian organisations fund JHCO project distributing food parcels to Palestinian refugees...

AMMAN — The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) on Tuesday completed a project involving the distribution of 533 food parcels in Palestinian refugee camps, which was funded by the Indonesian organisations SPM and NPC through the Indonesian ...

 2020-06-02 18:52 

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Algeria to release two protest leaders...

ALGEIRS — Two main figures of Algeria's "Hirak" protest movement will soon be freed at the president's initiative, the leader of an opposition party said on Tuesday. "President Abdelmadjid Tebboune assured me that he would use hi...

 2020-06-02 18:51 

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Labour Ministry to commence 'massive' inspections of private schools for malpractice — Bataineh...

AMMAN — Minister of Labour Nidal Bataineh has directed the ministry's inspection cadres and judicial police to carry out a "massive and intensive campaign" to verify private schools' abidance by the various Defence Orders issued by t...

 2020-06-02 18:50 

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Italian president warns coronavirus crisis 'is not over'...

ROME — The coronavirus crisis is not over in Italy, President Sergio Mattarella warned on the country's national day, observed on Tuesday, a day after a leading doctor created a furore by claiming that the virus no longer "exists" in the...

 2020-06-02 18:50 

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Non-Jordanian ownership in companies listed on ASE reaches 50.3 per cent...

AMMAN — The value of shares bought by non-Jordanian investors at the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) since the beginning of the year until the end of May 2020 was JD42.1 million, representing 12.9 per cent of the overall trading value, the ASE said. Acco...

 2020-06-01 19:05 

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Lebanon says it is too early to claim victory over virus...

BAALBAK, Lebanon — The worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed but declaring victory against the disease would be premature, Lebanon's health minister said on Monday, as the country gradually opened up. "I think the worst-case scenario ...

 2020-06-01 19:04 

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Turkey's Grand Bazaar reopens, along with cafes, restaurants...

ISTANBUL — Turkey reopened restaurants, cafes and Istanbul's iconic 15th century Grand Bazaar market on Monday as the government further eased coronavirus restrictions. Many other facilities including parks, beaches, libraries and museums reopen...

 2020-06-01 19:03 

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Clashes outside White House as US cities under curfew...

WASHINGTON — Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday as anti-racism protesters again took to the streets to voice fury at police brutality, and major US cities were put under curfew to suppress rioting. With the Trump administratio...

 2020-06-01 19:02 

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Pope fights corruption with new tenders law...

ROME — Pope Francis stepped up his battle against corruption in the Vatican on Monday with a new law aimed at boosting transparency in tenders and cutting costs as a post-coronavirus recession hits. Convicted mobsters and those guilty of tax fraud a...

 2020-06-01 19:01 

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Europe easing lockdowns, as LatAm cases pass 1m...

MOSCOW — Countries across Europe took bolder steps in easing coronavirus lockdowns, with schools, pubs, parks and pools reopening in places, while in Latin America the outbreak grew more dire with infections passing 1 million mark. The deadly diseas...

 2020-06-01 18:58 

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Emirates could take four years to return to normal — chief...

DUBAI — It could take up to four years for Emirates airline's operations to return "to some degree of normality", its president said on Monday, a day after it announced job cuts over the coronavirus crisis. The Middle East's largest ...

 2020-06-01 18:55 

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French carmakers see signs of recovery despite sales plunge...

PARIS — New car sales in France plunged over 50 per cent in May due to the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, industry figures showed on Monday, but automakers noted the first signs of a recovery in the industry. All non-essential businesses, inclu...

 2020-06-01 18:54 

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Tourism revenues drop by 10.7% in Q1 2020 — CBJ...

AMMAN — The Kingdom's tourism revenues decreased by 10.7 per cent to JD784 million in the first quarter of 2020 after achieving a growth rate of 13.6 per cent during the first two months of the year, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced on...

 2020-06-01 18:54 

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Family affairs council prepares guide for reopening of nurseries...

AMMAN — The National Council for Family Affairs has outlined preparatory measures for the reopening of nurseries in a new guide drafted in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Health. The public has been repeatedly...

 2020-06-01 18:53 

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Ford F150 Lariat Sport Special Edition: A faithful foul-weather friend...

America's best selling truck for over four decades and a staple work, play and family vehicle in North America and the Middle East; to say that the Ford F150 is familiar is an understatement. A rugged and practical everyman truck brimming with technol...

 2020-05-31 20:32 

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Atalanta coach Gasperini reveals he had coronavirus at Valencia game...

MILAN — Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini revealed Sunday he thought he would die as he suffered coronavirus symptoms when the Italian team played their Champions League match against Valencia in March. Gasperini told Gazzetta Dello Sport that he ...

 2020-05-31 20:30 

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Japanese bathhouses awash with post-lockdown customers...

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Masazumi Kato sighed deeply as he lowered himself into a tub at a public bathhouse in a Tokyo suburb, enjoying a return to a Japanese tradition largely off-limits during the city's coronavirus lockdown. With the lifting of a na...

 2020-05-31 20:28 

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Gilead is rotting...

The Testaments Margaret Atwood London: Chatto & Windus: 2019 Pp. 419 "The Testaments" is the novel for which Margaret Atwood won the 2019 Booker Prize, jointly with Bernardine Evaristo. It is the sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale", Atwood...

 2020-05-31 19:55 

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Iran suggests up to 225 killed in November protests...

TEHRAN — Iran's interior minister has suggested that up to 225 people were killed in November protests sparked by a petrol price hike, ISNA news agency reported on Sunday. Officials in Iran have yet to issue an overall death toll for the unrest,...

 2020-05-31 19:54 

The Jordan Times

Masks and no ablution: Saudis flock to reopened mosques...

RIYADH — Mask-clad worshippers flocked to Saudi mosques that reopened nationwide on Sunday -- except in the holy city of Mecca - over two months after congregational prayers were halted under a coronavirus-triggered lockdown. Complying with stringen...

 2020-05-31 19:53 

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Somalia blast kills at least ten on minibus...

MOGADISHU — At least 10 people died and 12 were wounded when an explosive device ripped through a minibus outside the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday, the government said. The deadly explosion occurred near Lafole village along the Afgoye-Mogadis...

 2020-05-31 19:51 

The Jordan Times

In Sudan, traced Bashir regime assets 'tip of iceberg'...

KHARTOUM — Sudanese authorities have begun to recover billions of dollars of real estate illegally amassed by deposed president Omar Al Bashir's regime, but other assets will be difficult to seize, experts say. "Initial estimates indicate th...

 2020-05-31 19:49 

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World virus cases top 6 million as Brazil toll surges...

PARIS — The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has topped six million as the disease spread rapidly across Latin America and political leaders feuded over how to deal with the pandemic. Much of the world is moving at varying speeds to lift lockdo...

 2020-05-31 19:47 

The Jordan Times

Journalists covering US protests find themselves under attack...

NEW YORK — Journalists covering nationwide protests over the death of a black man at police hands in Minneapolis have found themselves under attack, by police and at times by protesters. The arrest and handcuffing Friday of a black CNN journalist by...

 2020-05-31 19:45 

The Jordan Times

For Russia, SpaceX success is 'wakeup call'...

MOSCOW — Russia has lost its long-held monopoly as the only country able to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station following the flawless manned launch by US company SpaceX. The Russian space agency congratulated the United States and E...

 2020-05-31 16:33 

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Chinese gov't grants Kingdom $750k in medical supplies for coronavirus response...

AMMAN — The Jordanian government on Sunday received $750,000 in medical supplies from the Chinese government in support of the Kingdom's anti-coronavirus efforts. The agreement was signed by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Wis...

 2020-05-31 16:31 

The Jordan Times

ARDD provides relief aid to over 16,000 families impacted by pandemic across Jordan...

AMMAN — The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) has been providing support to over 16,000 vulnerable families from refugee and host communities and daily wage workers across the Kingdom in an effort to help them cope with hardships...

 2020-05-30 18:26 

The Jordan Times

Brazil COVID-19 death toll hits 27,878, surpassing hard-hit Spain...

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil on Friday reached 27,878 coronavirus deaths, official figures showed, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities. The epicenter of the South American coronaviru...

 2020-05-30 18:23 

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Clashes as protests over killing of black American sweep US...

MINNEAPOLIS — A thousand more National Guard soldiers were mobilised on Saturday as violent protests over the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest in Minneapolis erupted across the United States. Murder charges laid against the officer on ...

 2020-05-30 18:20 

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UN extends S. Sudan arms embargo through May 2021...

UNITED NATIONS,United States — The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution extending individual sanctions and an arms embargo in South Sudan through May 2021, despite reluctance from Russia, China and South Africa. Drafted by the United S...

 2020-05-30 18:19 

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Former Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahman El Youssoufi dies at 96...

CAPE TOWN — Former Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahman El Youssoufi, has died after a prolonged illness on Friday at the age of 96, local media report. The former prime minister died at Cheikh Khalifa hospital in Casablanca, after being hospitalised...

 2020-05-30 18:17 

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Iran announces collective prayers to restart nationwide...

TEHRAN — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced on Saturday that collective prayers will resume in mosques, even as confirmed new coronavirus infections rise again after a decline. "It has been decided to open the mosques across the count...

 2020-05-30 18:16 

The Jordan Times

Egypt surpasses 20,000 mark in Covid-19 cases...

CAPE TOWN — Egypt has surpassed the 20,000 mark in coronavirus infections and is the African country with the highest number of Covid-19-related deaths, which now stands at 845, the health ministry said in a statement released by the State Informati...

 2020-05-30 17:16 

The Jordan Times

US stocks end mostly up as Trump stops short of tariffs on China...

NEW YORK — Wall Street finished mostly higher on Friday as US President Donald Trump stopped short of threatening tariffs on China, though European stocks tumbled on concerns that mounting tensions between the world's two largest economies could...

 2020-05-30 17:15 

The Jordan Times

Formula One season to open in Austria...

VIENNA — Formula One's truncated coronavirus-hit season will finally get underway with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5, the Austrian government announced on Saturday. The Spielberg circuit has also been given the green light to stage a second ...

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