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$166 Million Agreement Between Jordan,US to Rehabilitate Water Network

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Jordan and the US on Wednesday signed two grant agreements worth $166 million to rehabilitate Amman’s second main water resource and install smart metres to slash water loss. Minister of Water and Irrigation Munir Oweis and USAID Mission Director in Jordan Nancy Eslick signed the two agreements, which aim at implementing the goals of Jordan’s 2016-2025 national water strategy that ... Read More »

Counterfeiters Caught Smuggling Over $70 Million Worth of Fake Air Jordans into the US

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Nike’s famous slogan “Just Do It” doesn’t apply to everything. A group of sneaker counterfeiters just learned the hard way that they definitely should have not have done it, in this case, smuggle fake Air Jordans into the United States. US Customs and Border Protection agents in New York busted five individuals for allegedly smuggling $73 million worth of fake ... Read More »

Hundreds of Thousands of Fake Nike Air Jordans Smuggled Into New York, New Jersey: Prosecutors

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A group that allegedly smuggled more than 300,000 pairs of fake Nike Air Jordan sneakers into New York and New Jersey was broken up Tuesday by Homeland Security Investigations and NYPD detectives. More than 42 containers carrying the famed sneakers traveled from factories in China through Port Newark between January 2016 and July 2018. Air Jordan sneakers can fetch anywhere ... Read More »

Jordanian arrested for plot to smuggle six Yemenis over the Mexican border

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A man from Jordan was arrested in New York City Saturday for attempting to smuggle six Middle Easterners into the United States by way of the Mexican border, according to the Justice Department. Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi, who resides in Monterrey, Mexico, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport after disembarking an international flight. Several federal agencies ... Read More »

Armed Forces dismantle terrorist smuggling network in border zone

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AMMAN: he Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army (JAF) has acted on intelligence and follow-up by the Military Intelligence Department and concerned authorities to dismantle a network smuggling weapons, drugs and terrorists through, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Saturday, citing an army source. The source said that the plan was prepared and implemented by a group of terrorists and ... Read More »

Drugs, ammunition smuggling attempt thwarted at Jordan-Syria border

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AMMAN — A security source at the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army has said that an eastern military zone unit, in coordination with the Anti-Narcotics Department, thwarted an alleged drug smuggling attempt on the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Sunday. He added that rules of engagement were applied after detecting several vehicles approaching Jordanian territory, resulting in ... Read More »

Drugs, ammunition smuggling attempt thwarted at Jordan-Syria border

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AMMAN — A security source at the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army has said that an eastern military zone unit, in coordination with the Anti-Narcotics Department, thwarted an alleged drug smuggling attempt on the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Sunday. He added that rules of engagement were applied after detecting several vehicles approaching Jordanian territory, resulting in ... Read More »

Jordanians in third night of tax rise protests

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Protests in Jordan against tax rises and austerity measures – the biggest demonstrations in years – continued for a third consecutive night. Police fired tear gas and blocked roads in the capital Amman to stop protesters getting close to the cabinet office. The protesters say a new tax bill backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hurt the poor ... Read More »

Prince William Welcomed to Jordan by Crown Prince Hussein, For Start of Middle East Visit

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Prince William has arrived in Jordan for the start of a trip that will see him become the first member of Britain’s royal family to pay an official visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories. The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge touched down in Amman for a first leg billed as a chance to bond with Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein ... Read More »

Jordan King Hold Talks with Kuwait, Bahrain Leaders, Pledge to Improve Ties

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King Abdullah and Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah held talks in Kuwait on Tuesday, focusing on brotherly relations between the two countries and regional developments. Later in the day, the king arrived in Bahrain for a meeting with King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and the crown prince of Bahrain. During ... Read More »

Gulf nations pledge $2.5bn economic aid package to Jordan

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Three Gulf Arab states pledged $2.5bn in aid to Jordan in an effort to stabilise the kingdom as it faces its worst protests in years over government austerity plans that include tax increases and price hikes. The aid, pledged by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will go towards a deposit in Jordan’s Central Bank, cover World Bank ... Read More »

Jordan’s new PM faces dilemma on tax reforms

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Only days into his appointment by King Abdullah II, Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz is facing opposition from military veterans, while analysts consider his appointment as a pragmatic move. The country’s powerful Military Veterans Association issued a statement earlier in the week signed by several retired senior military leaders and others decrying al-Razzaz’ appointment. The statement called the appointment “shocking” and ... Read More »

Nelson Laboratories President to Keynote South Jordan Business Summit

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South Jordan: Jeffery R. Nelson, President of Nelson Laboratories, will keynote the 2018 South Jordan Business Summit and Expo on May 30 from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The South Jordan Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with South Jordan City and the Miller Business Resource Center at Salt Lake Community College presents the summit as a resource for residents and ... Read More »

Macron digital tax plan faces EU fight

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AMMAN: Luxembourg hosts the EU headquarters for Amazon and along with Facebook and Apple hub Ireland, is loathe to see US tech giants head for the exit. The special tax is the latest measure by the European Union to rein in Silicon Valley giants and could also further embitter the bad-tempered trade row pitting the EU against US President Donald ... Read More »

Jordan is Key Player in Israel’s Energy Equation in Region

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Jordan is a key player in Israel’s energy equation in the region as it could either make or break the Jordan-Israeli gas sales and purchase agreement that is vital to Israel’s success as a regional energy player, according to the director of hydrocarbons at the Paris-based Mediterranean Energy Observatory (OME). In September 2016, U.S.’ Noble Energy, the operator of Israel’s ... Read More »

Jordan’s foreign minister sees arms race if Iran nuclear deal ends

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MURNAU, Germany Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi on Tuesday warned of “dangerous repercussions” and a possible arms race in the Middle East unless a political solution was found to free the region of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Al-Safadi spoke in Germany before an expected announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump on whether he will pull out ... Read More »

National carrier’s revenues reach JD143m, with 73 per cent increase in online ticket sales

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AMMAN — Royal Jordanian (RJ) CEO Stefan Pichler on Wednesday announced “successful” first quarter results, achieved by the national carrier. “This outstanding performance is the result of an increase in overall revenues, which reached JD143 million,” Pichler said, citing a 73 per cent growth in online ticket sales, 46 per cent in cargo warehouse revenues, 18 per cent in cargo ... Read More »

Jordan Official Urges Economic Self-Reliance

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AMMAN: Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Jafar Hassan has said that “Jordan cannot continue borrowing and accumulating debts”, underlining the need for self-reliance and corrective plans to address challenges. The remarks came during a panel discussion organized by the Jordan Strategy Forum titled “economic and fiscal policies and their impact on stimulating Jordan’s economy”, ... Read More »

Jordan inaugurates 103 megawatts solar power plant

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AMMAN: Jordan on Thursday inaugurated a solar power plant with a total capacity of 103 megawatts at a total cost of 120 million U.S. dollars. The solar plant, which is located in Al Queira area, is financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. At the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh stressed the importance of ... Read More »

Tax revenues ratio to GDP relatively low

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AMMAN: The tax income ratio to the gross domestic product (GDP) in the Kingdom is low when compared with that in other countries in the world, a study by the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) revealed on Wednesday.  The tax income ratio to GDP in the Kingdom stands at 15.5 per cent, compared with 45.8 per cent in Denmark, 28.6 per ... Read More »