Latest Jordan News

More repression, fewer jobs: Jordanians face bleak outlook

Oct. 15, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a poorly paid public school teacher, Khaled Jaber always needed a side hustle, working as a private tutor and using his car as a taxi to help pay the bills. For unexpected needs, such as medical expenses, he has had to borrow money from relatives. ...

United Airlines will add new international routes next year

Oct. 14, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines said Thursday it will launch its biggest expansion of transatlantic service next year, a vote of confidence that international travel will rebound from the depths of the pandemic. Airline officials said that they will add five new...

US does not support normalization of relations with Syria

Oct. 13, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United States does not support efforts to normalize relations with the government of President Bashar Assad or lift sanctions imposed on Damascus until there is progress in the political process in the war-torn country, the U.S. secretary of state said Wednesday. ...

Scientists urge speedy switch to renewables in Middle East

Oct. 11, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A climate change conference will underscore to policymakers in the Middle East and the east Mediterranean that the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is needed urgently because greenhouse gas emissions are helping to drive up regional temperatures...

Jordan's king vows to support Lebanon in meeting with PM

Oct. 10, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II received Lebanon's prime minister in Amman Sunday, saying his country will stand by the small nation and its people during its worst-ever economic crisis. The visit to Jordan by Prime Minister Najib Mikati is his first to...

'Nothing secretive' about Jordan king's real estate, FM says

Oct. 07, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s foreign minister on Thursday pushed back against a report that the country’s monarch, King Abdullah II, went out of his way to hide the purchase of more than a dozen luxury homes worth more than $106 million, saying there was "nothing secretive” about the...

Cyprus FM urges Lebanon to implement reforms to unlock aid

Oct. 06, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

The foreign minister of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Wednesday urged Lebanon's new government to implement reforms quickly, in order for the international community to unlock aid to crisis-stricken Lebanon. Nikos Christodoulides is the first foreign minister...

Leaked records open a 'Pandora' box of financial secrets

Oct. 05, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

Hundreds of world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires, celebrities, religious leaders and drug dealers have been hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter-century, according to a review of nearly 12 million files...

A look at world leaders named in the Pandora Papers

Oct. 05, 2021 07:46 AM EDT

A global investigation has revealed how the rich and powerful have being hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter-century. Collectively these assets are worth trillions of dollars. The investigation,...

Jordanian king's properties undercut father figure image

Oct. 04, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II was meeting with the World Bank president, asking for more financial support for his country’s battered economy, just around the time the news broke: A trove of leaked documents revealed the king had secretly bought more than a dozen luxury...