Jordan is a jewel in the Middle Eastern crown August 27, 2016

IT IS hard to know where to start where to start with travelling to Jordan, so I’ll begin with the first question I had – is it safe?

The answer is yes. Although Jordan borders Syria, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Israel and Iraq it is one of the safest and most politically stable places to visit in the Middle East.

The latest information from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to within 3km of"...

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Iraqi Security Forces Shoot Down Daesh Drone Near Jordan August 27, 2016

The Iraqi security forces shot down on Saturday a Daesh drone in the country's western Anbar province.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Alsumaria broadcaster, the drone was struck down not far from the border with Jordan in the town of Rutba.

The town mayor told the TV channel that the drone was equipped with a camera.

On August 18, Iraqi militiamen were reported to have shot down a Daesh drone on its way from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.




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IMF says tax, customs duty exemptions ‘critical’ as EFF deal endorsed August 27, 2016

AMMONNEWS - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that a move by authorities to reduce exemptions from general sales tax and customs duties is “critical” for the success of a newly approved correction programme.

On Wednesday, the IMF executive board approved a three-year extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Jordan for an amount equivalent to Special Drawing Right (SDR) JD514.65 million (about $723 million, or 150 per cent of Jordan’s quota) to support the country’s economic and financial reform programme.

Following the board’s...

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PM warns against abuse of public funds, urges spending curbs August 27, 2016

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Hani Mulqi said Saturday that protection of public money is a sacred duty and urged civil service employees to help control spending and tighten curbs on the use of government vehicles and consumption of electricity and water.

Mulqi was addressing the 14th Government Leadership Forum, which was organised by the Ministry of Public Sector Development at the Royal Cultural Center as part of the government's strategy to tie its work programmes with detailed executive plans with clear performance indicators and time frames to promote transparency.

"The government...

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UPDATE 2-IMF approves $723 million loan to Jordan

The International Monetary Fund has approved a $723 million loan facility to Jordan in a three-year programme to support economic and financial reforms aimed at lowering public debt and accelerating growth, it said on Wednesday. The IMF said in a statement the first $72.3 million tranche was to be paid immediately, and the remaining amount would be disbursed over the duration of the programme. "This program aims at advancing fiscal consolidation to lower public debt and broad structural reforms to enhance the conditions for more inclusive growth," the IMF said, adding that the executive board...

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PM warns against abuse of public funds, urges spending curbs
August 27, 2016

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Hani Mulqi said Saturday that protection of public money is a sacred duty and urged civil service employees to help control spending and tighten curbs on the use of government vehicles and consumption of electricity and water.

Mulqi was addressing the 14th Government...

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IEC chief meets heads of committees
August 27, 2016

AMMONNEWS - Independent Elections Commission (IEC) president Khaled Kalaldeh Saturday met the heads of committees of the Kingdom's constituencies and stressed training of staff as "the pivot" of the electoral process.

During the meeting, part of preparations for the September 20 parliamentary...

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Jordan to renegotiate deals with UK in 2 years after Brexit
August 27, 2016

AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Jawad Anani on Saturday said that Jordan and the UK will start re-negotiating their bilateral trade agreements in"...

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