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 2022-06-26 14:06 

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Foreign Ministry follows up on killing of Jordanian woman in UAE...

AMMAN — The Foreign Ministry on Sunday confirmed that it is following up on the killing of a Jordanian woman in the UAE through the Jordanian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Jordanian Consulate in Dubai, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Foreign...

 2022-06-25 20:48 

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FBI seizes Basquiat paintings amid doubts over authenticity...

WASHINGTON — FBI agents seized all 25 works at a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit in Florida amid questions about their authenticity, the museum which was showing them said on Saturday. The Orlando Museum of Art said it had complied with a request for a...

 2022-06-25 20:48 

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FBI seizes Basquiat paintings amid doubts over authenticity...

WASHINGTON — FBI agents seized all 25 works at a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit in Florida amid questions about their authenticity, the museum which was showing them said on Saturday. The Orlando Museum of Art said it had complied with a request for a...

 2022-06-25 20:45 

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Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in West Bank — Palestinian sources...

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — A Palestinian teenager died from his wounds hours after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian sources said on Saturday. Mohammad Hamad, 16, was shot and wounded on Friday evening ne...

 2022-06-25 20:44 

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Rain douses Cyprus wildfire that burned thousands of acres...

KANTRA, Cyprus — In the end, it was Mother Nature that extinguished a wildfire that scorched thousands of acres and forced the evacuation of villages in the north of divided Cyprus, officials said on Saturday. Aircraft from both sides of Cyprus, as ...

 2022-06-25 20:43 

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Taliban pledge no interference with quake aid, but many await relief...

GAYAN DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's Taliban rulers pledged on Saturday they would not interfere with international efforts to distribute aid to tens of thousands of people affected by this week's deadly earthquake. Even before Wednes...

 2022-06-25 20:42 

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Russians 'fully occupy' Severodonetsk...

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia's army has "fully occupied" the key Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk after weeks of fighting, its mayor said on Saturday, an important strategic win for Moscow as it seeks to gain full control over the east of the c...

 2022-06-25 20:10 

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Amman Baccalaureate School celebrates its First Founders' Day...

AMMAN — Under the patronage of HRH Prince Hassan, the Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) celebrated its first annual Founders' Day on Wednesday to honour the school's Chairwoman Emeritus, HRH Princess Sarvath, and her ABS co-founders whose ser...

 2022-06-25 20:09 

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Travel bloggers help trigger wanderlust in age of social media...

AMMAN — Travel bloggers' content influences tourists to visit certain destinations, according to experts. Eighty-seven per cent of millennials said they utilise social media for travel inspiration, and 52 per cent of consumers said they made pla...

 2022-06-25 20:08 

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Agriculture photographer helps Jordanian blue tea reach global markets...

AMMAN — Agricultural photography is helping small-scale farmers export high-end produce to foreign markets. Suhaib Ayyad, a 27-year-old agricultural engineer, uses his photography skills to help farmers, who often lack the necessary technical skills...

 2022-06-25 19:19 

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US braces for more protests after Supreme Court abortion ruling...

WASHINGTON — Protesters were expected to pour onto streets across the United States on Saturday as anger flared over the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the right to abortion. Several right-leaning states imposed immediate bans on aborti...

 2022-06-25 18:58 

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Qatar and Egypt cement rapprochement on emir's Cairo visit...

CAIRO — Egypt's leader on Saturday discussed energy and investment with Qatar's emir, who was in Cairo for the first time since the countries restored relations following a Saudi-led rift. Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani told President ...

 2022-06-23 20:30 

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Public-private dialogue key for growth — Hanandeh...

AMMAN — Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmad Hanandeh on Thursday stressed the importance of public-private sectors dialogue to improve economic and social environments in various fields. During a panel discussion, organised by the...

 2022-06-23 20:21 

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Environment Ministry campaigns for eco-friendly bags...

AMMAN — The Ministry of Environment launched an awareness campaign on Tuesday titled "Kisna Akhdar" (Our bag is green) to encourage a shift towards sustainable consumption and shopping. As part of a national effort and in cooperation with go...

 2022-06-23 20:20 

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Algerian Cultural Days conclude in Irbid...

IRBID — The Algerian Cultural Days, organised by the Ministry of Culture with the participation of various Algerian artists, singers and literary figures, concluded on Thursday evening. The event, which celebrates the selection of Irbid as the Arab ...

 2022-06-23 20:17 

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New MPs give pro-Iran bloc upper hand in Iraq parliament...

BAGHDAD — Sixty-four new Iraqi lawmakers were sworn in on Thursday, making a pro-Iran bloc the largest in parliament after MPs from firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's bloc quit earlier this month. Iraq was plunged deeper into political crise...

 2022-06-23 20:16 

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Lebanese billionaire Mikati picked to form new gov't...

BEIRUT — Lebanon's lawmakers designated incumbent Prime Minister Najib Mikati to form a new government on Thursday, more than a month after parliamentary elections that yielded no clear majority. The 66-year-old billionaire, who had been widely ...

 2022-06-23 18:32 

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Djokovic, Nadal lead title chase at all-change Wimbledon...

LONDON — Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline the title chase at Wimbledon where eight-time champion Roger Federer, the world's top two players and cherished ranking points will all be missing. Djokovic is bidding for a seventh title at the ...

 2022-06-23 18:31 

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Jordan hosts FIBA U16 Women's Asian Championship...

AMMAN — Jordan is ready to host the FIBA U16 Women's Asian Championship Division B which tips off at the Prince Hamzah Arena from June 24-30. Jordan starts its matches in Group B playing Iran on Friday at 6pm, before facing Kazakhstan on Saturda...

 2022-06-23 18:29 

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Modern phoenix: Bird brought back from extinction in Japan...

SADO, Japan — Every day for the past 14 years, 72-year-old Masaoki Tsuchiya has set out before sunrise to search for a bird rescued from extinction in Japan. Starting his car under star-dotted skies unpolluted by light, he works alone in the pre-daw...

 2022-06-23 18:23 

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Stocks fluctuate, oil falls again as recession warnings build...

HONG KONG — Asian markets mostly rose on Thursday on bargain buying after the previous day's battering, though oil extended losses after US Federal Reserve (Fed) boss Jerome Powell admitted the economy could tip into recession as the bank hikes ...

 2022-06-23 15:29 

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Female student shot dead on campus in northern Amman...

AMMAN — A female student succumbed to wounds she sustained on Thursday after an unidentified person shot her on the campus of a private university, north of the capital, Amman, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The student was rushed to a nea...

 2022-06-23 15:23 

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PM extends Defence Order No.28 for debtor's imprisonment...

AMMAN — Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Bisher Khasawneh on Thursday decided to extend Defence Order No. 28 of 2021 pertaining to the imprisonment of debtors until September 30, 2022. The decision was taken in consideration of the financial a...

 2022-06-22 20:19 

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Joramco, Tamweelcom sign agreement to support Joramco Academy students...

AMMAN — Joramco, the Amman-based maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider and the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), signed an agreement with Tamweelcom, a Jordanian microfinance company. The agreement seeks to finance the ...

 2022-06-22 20:04 

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Shamali, Saudi ministers of commerce, transport draw roadmap to advance cooperation...

AMMAN — Industry, Trade and Supply Minister Yousef Shamali, Saudi Minister of Commerce and Acting Minister of Media Majid Bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, and Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistics Saleh Bin Nasser Al Jasser on Wednesday met over enhancin...

 2022-06-22 19:55 

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'Timely action' key for economic reforms — OECD...

AMMAN — During a panel discussion titled "Set Reforms in Motion" on Wednesday, experts and officials emphasised the need for foreign direct investment (FDI) in order to achieve the goals of the Economic Modernisation Vision. The discussion w...

 2022-06-22 19:53 

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Italian MPs back Draghi despite coalition splits...

ROME — Italian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to back Prime Minister Mario Draghi's policy on Ukraine on Wednesday, the day after the largest partner in his coalition government imploded over the issue. Draghi has taken a firm line on Russia'...

 2022-06-22 19:50 

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UN says 2,000 homes believed destroyed in Afghan quake...

UNITED NATIONS, United States — An estimated 2,000 homes have been destroyed by the deadly earthquake in Afghanistan, and a lack of machinery is hampering a rush to find survivors, a UN envoy said on Wednesday. The earthquake struck a remote border ...

 2022-06-22 19:50 

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Key Ukrainian city under 'massive' Russian bombardment...

KYIV — "Massive" Russian bombardment of Ukraine's battleground eastern Lugansk region and key city Severodonetsk has been "hell" for soldiers there, Kyiv said, while insisting that defenders would hold "as long as necessary&#...

 2022-06-22 18:53 

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Lebanon hopes summer is promising for business — minister...

BEIRUT — Lebanon's economy should receive a welcome injection of more than $3 billion, thanks to a rebound in tourist arrivals over the summer, the tourism minister said on Wednesday. Lebanon defaulted on its debt in 2020, the local currency has...

 2022-06-22 18:49 

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Men's fashion back to old normal in Paris...

PARIS — It is back to the old ways for men's fashion week, which kicked off in Paris on Tuesday, with the last pandemic-era restrictions cleared and the surprise return of Hedi Slimane of Celine, who had previously called official fashion shows ...

 2022-06-22 18:45 

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'I doubted I'd ever return,' says Williams after comeback...

EASTBOURNE, United Kingdom — Serena Williams admitted on Tuesday that she feared her storied career was over after a leg injury at last year's Wimbledon forced her off tour for a year and saw her ranking plummet to 1,204 in the world. "Did I...

 2022-06-22 18:36 

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Ecuadoran Indigenous protester dies in anti-government demos...

QUITO — An Indigenous protester died on Tuesday in clashes with law enforcement during a ninth day of demonstrations against the Ecuadorian government that the military has described as a "grave threat". An estimated 10,000 Indigenous people...

 2022-06-22 15:51 

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King, in tweet, reaffirms ties with Saudi Arabia...

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday posted a tweet on the occasion of the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the deputy prime minister and minister of defence of Saudi Arabia. "My brother Prince Mohammed bi...

 2022-06-21 23:50 

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For Iraqis a sweltering summer of 'hell' has begun...

BASRA, Iraq — Umm Mohammed, 74, waves a fan back and forth to cool down, but in the blistering heat of Iraq's southern city of Basra there is nothing but stiflingly hot air. While Basra is used to scorching summers, this year it has started soon...

 2022-06-21 23:41 

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Russia warns Lithuania, pushes into Ukraine's Donbas...

KYIV — Moscow on Tuesday warned Lithuania of "serious" consequences over its restriction of rail traffic to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave, as Kremlin forces made gains in Ukraine's strategic Donbas region. The row over Lithuania, the ...

 2022-06-21 23:17 

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Refugees share stories of hope, Jordanian hospitality on World Refugee Day...

AMMAN — Celebrating the different refugee cultures that Jordan hosts, refugees in Jordan shared stories of hardship and hope on Monday at the UNHCR-organised event on World Refugee Day. The event took place at Ras Al Ain Hangar in Amman, featuring &...

 2022-06-21 22:59 

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Concert to be held at Abdali Boulevard Thursday in celebration of World Music Day...

AMMAN — A music concert will be held on Thursday at 7:30pm at the Abdali Boulevard in celebration of 40 years of World Music Day, organised by the French Institute, the main cultural operator of the French embassy in Jordan. The French Institute inv...

 2022-06-21 22:58 

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International Day of Yoga marked in Amman with focus on humanity...

AMMAN — Spreading their yoga mats on the morning grass and performing in unison, nearly 70 people joined the Indian embassy's celebration to mark the eighth International Yoga Day in Amman on Tuesday. Acknowledging yoga's "universal appe...

 2022-06-21 22:57 

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UNICEF programme teaches leadership skills based in gender equality...

AMMAN — UNICEF's Leadership Programme, launched in August 2021, aims to empower young people aged 16-24 across the Kingdom. The programme was originally created to empower women amid the challenges they face in society, but was later expanded to...

 2022-06-21 18:58 

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EasyJet exercises option to buy 56 Airbus A320neo jets...

LONDON — British low-cost airline EasyJet on Tuesday exercised options to purchase 56 fuel-efficient single-aisle A320neo aircraft from European aerospace giant Airbus. EasyJet said in a statement it had obtained steep discounts for the jets, which ...

 2022-06-21 18:56 

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UK hit by biggest rail strike in over 30 years...

LONDON — Rush-hour commuters in the UK faced chaos on Tuesday as railway workers launched the network's biggest strike in more than three decades, forcing people to trek to work on foot, by bike, bus — or simply not bother at all. The RMT ...

 2022-06-21 18:53 

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Rudiger says Ancelotti key to Real Madrid move...

MADRID — Antonio Rudiger said on Monday Carlo Ancelotti was instrumental in his decision to join Real Madrid from Chelsea this summer. Rudiger has moved to the Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer after choosing not to extend his Chelsea contract. T...

 2022-06-21 18:51 

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Sexy lingerie makes post-pandemic comeback...

PARIS — Sexy women's underwear didn't fare too well during the jogging-bottoms-and-pyjamas phase of the pandemic, but from the red carpet to lingerie shows, ultra-sultry intimate apparel is making a comeback — and is now much more visi...

 2022-06-21 18:49 

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The battle to build a child-friendly metaverse...

PARIS — As a young woman straps on her vest and headset and becomes immersed in a virtual world, Mainak Chaudhuri talks excitedly about the potential of the technology. "This is the first step towards the metaverse," Chaudhuri of French star...

 2022-06-21 15:20 

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Saudi crown prince visit to take Amman-Riyadh relations to higher level — ambassador...

AMMAN — The visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the deputy prime minister and minister of defence of Saudi Arabia, to Jordan on Tuesday is "confirmation of the deep-rooted and historical brotherly relations"...

 2022-06-21 10:33 

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Government support needed to make transport of lithium batteries even safer — IATA...

AMMAN — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments on Tuesday to further support the safe carriage of lithium batteries by developing and implementing global standards for screening, fire-testing, and incident informati...

 2022-06-21 07:57 

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Incentives needed to increase sustainable aviation fuels production-IATA...

AMMAN - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Tuesday called on governments to urgently put in place large-scale incentives to rapidly expand the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as aviation pursues its commitment to achieving net z...

 2022-06-20 20:17 

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US State Department official checks on services provided to persons with disabilities...

AMMAN — Scott C. Turner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), on Monday visited the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and the King Hussein Foundation Institu...

 2022-06-20 20:11 

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Lebanon threatens to expel Syrian refugees...

BEIRUT — Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday said Lebanon was ready to expel Syrian refugees living in the country if the international community does not work to repatriate them. Lebanon, grappling with its worst ever economic crisis, has the wor...

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