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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. ...

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. ...

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...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Oct. 06, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct. 4 The Guardian on the Pandora papers — bringing tax havens to heel: Five years after the Panama papers exposed the vast scale of offshore banking and business...

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,...

'Pandora Papers' bring renewed calls for tax haven scrutiny

Oct. 05, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls grew Monday for an end to the financial secrecy that has allowed many of the world’s richest and most powerful people to hide their wealth from tax collectors. The outcry came after a report revealed the way that world leaders, billionaires and...

'Pandora papers' show London is a key hub for tax avoidance

Oct. 05, 2021 05:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Transparency advocates are calling on Britain to tighten the country's defenses against money laundering and tax avoidance after a massive leak of financial data showed how London is a key destination of choice for some of the world’s richest and most powerful people to...

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...