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Prince Hassan opens symposium on cultural fluencyJuly 18, 2018

HRH Prince Hassan, chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies (RIIFS), on Tuesday opened the institute’s symposium on cultural fluency, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

Organised in cooperation with the American University of Notre Dame and Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, the event tackled cultural fluency from Islamic, Christian, academic, cultural and human perspectives.

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Jordan issues more than 100,000 work permits for SyriansJuly 18, 2018

The Ministry of Labour has issued over 106,000 work permits for Syrian refugees so far while the number of workers in the informal economy remains at an estimated 300,000, head of the Syrian Refugees Department at the Ministry of Labour Hamdan Yacoub said on Saturday.

Yacoub warned that “the engagement of refugees with the informal economy is one of the most worrisome factors when gauging the impact of the refugee crisis on the Jordanian labour"...

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Raytheon Touts Aircraft Cyber Protection; Jordan Signs Deal « Breaking DefenseJuly 18, 2018

Cyber protection and attacks are rarely discussed, especially when it comes to fighters and bombers.

If you want to shut down a conversation with industry or government officials start talking about radar, electronic warfare and cyber attacks. Which, of course, is a good indicator of just how very keen the threat can be.

The Pentagon has greatly increased its focus on"...

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Prince Feisal takes part in int'l aviation event in UKJuly 17, 2018

HRH Prince Feisal on Sunday attended the Royal International Air Tattoo in the United Kingdom, where he toured the corner of the Jordanian delegation and those of other participating countries, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The Royal Jordanian Air Forces (RJAF) and the Ground Forces took part in the event with a C-130 aircraft, in addition to a booth with photos capturing the development of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) and"...

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New Al Mamlakah TV channel launches broadcast with hopes for 'freer, closer-to-public' coverageJuly 17, 2018

As the Al Mamlakah TV station launched its broadcast on Monday, media experts voiced hope that the channel would present coverage with a “higher ceiling of freedom” and enriched content, contributing to boosting honest competition and promoting diversity in the local media scene.

The independent public service channel is to broadcast coverage of “issues of interest for Jordanians from all walks of life”, according to a statement"...

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Lower House continues deliberations over government policy statementJuly 17, 2018

The Lower House on Monday continued for the second day its deliberations over the government's policy statement, which the government presented last week.

At the beginning of the session, the House Speaker Atef Tarawneh expressed the Chamber's rejection of the criticism made by a minister following a speech by MP Tareq Khouri on Sunday, noting that such behaviour contradicts the Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech.

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Saudi Arabia's Prince Khaled signs proposal to help boost animal welfare in Jordan's PetraJuly 17, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) to improve animal welfare at the UNESCO Heritage site in Jordan.

As part of the proposal, KBW Ventures, an investment controlled by Prince Khaled, will donate a number of specialised electric vehicles to help transport visitors through the site, the company said in a press statement.

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Jordan Lower House Deliberates Gov't Statement, 1 MP Withhold Confidence VoteJuly 17, 2018

The Lower House on Sunday kicked off its deliberations over the government’s policy statement, which was presented by the government last Monday, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Nine MPs took the podium in the session that was chaired by Speaker Atef Tarawneh and attended by Prime Minister Omar Razaz, with the majority of the speakers criticising the government over the Cabinet line-up.

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The Recent Protests in Jordan and the Way Forward: Renegotiating the Social ContractJuly 17, 2018

After massive protests took the streets across Jordan, in Amman and other Jordanian cities traditionally friendly to the government and loyal to the royal palace, King Abdullah II accepted the resignation of the former Prime Minister Hani Al Mulki and replaced him with Omar Al Razzaz.

The recent protests that led Al Mulki to resign were the first of their kind in Jordan. Primarily, the protests were so novel due to their spontaneity and the fact"...

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Jordan announces the launch of Dh10b new development at Aqaba July 17, 2018

The Chief Commissioners of Jordan’s Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Nasser Shraideh has announced the launch of a project to develop the northern Zone of Aqaba with a total area of 109 square kilometers, of which 87 square kilometers are located within the border strip of the Wadi Araba and 22 kilometres from the Aqaba Special Economic Zone.

The cost of infrastructure development is estimated to reach 2 billion dinars (Dh 10.35"...

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