Latest Amman News

Trapped in Jordan, Syrian refugees see no way home

Sep. 11, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Seven years after fleeing the civil war in his homeland, Zahir Hamshari's life is filled with questions and doubts: How to pay the rent? How to cover the electricity bill? How to afford even basic staples like bread and bottled water? But one thing is crystal clear for him. Like many...

Jordan teachers launch strike, demand pay raise

Sep. 8, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Teachers in Jordan are launching an open-ended strike after negotiations with the government failed to yield a raise. A Jordanian teacher's union announced the strike Sunday, saying the government hasn't implemented a 50% salary increase agreed upon in 2014. Jordan is a staunch...

Jordan teachers demanding wage increases clash with police

Sep. 5, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Thousands of teachers protested in Jordan on Thursday to demand higher wages, with some scuffling with security forces. Organizers of the demonstration in the capital, Amman, said the government has yet to deliver on a 50% wage increase agreed upon in 2014. Security forces blocked...

Saudi-led airstrikes kill at least 100 in rebel-run prison

Sep. 1, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen staged multiple airstrikes on a detention center operated by the Houthi rebels in the southwestern province of Dhamar, killing at least 100 people and wounding dozens more Sunday, officials and the rebels' health ministry said. Franz...

Jordan police, protesters clash over anti-smuggling efforts

Aug. 25, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's official news agency Petra says officials have reached a deal with local representatives to end two days of clashes over government efforts to curb cross-border cigarette smuggling from Syria. The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of...

German minister discusses Mideast conflict on Jordan visit

Aug. 19, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister has reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a visit to neighboring Jordan. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Monday that such an agreement would be a "good basis for living together." She also spoke of the...

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over holy site clashes

Aug. 18, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan has summoned Israel's ambassador to protest "Israeli violations" at a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews. Jordan's Foreign Ministry said Sunday that Amman delivered a "decisive letter" to the ambassador, including a call "to immediately cease all Israeli violations...