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Diversion of water, not climate change, cause of dropping Dead Sea levels — Jordanian geologist August 5, 2017

The drop in the level of the Dead Sea is causing grave concerns among environmentalists and planners in the region, with most of the drop caused by diversion in the headwaters feeding the sea, a geologist has said.

Geology Professor Nizar Abu Jaber from German Jordanian University explained that the diversion of water from the Dead Sea was necessary to provide water resources for different uses in Israel, Jordan, Syria and Palestine as populations"...

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Jordan bought 50,000 tonnes wheat in tender - traders August 5, 2017

Jordan's state grains buyer bought 50,000 tonnes of optional-origin milling wheat in a tender on that closed on Wednesday, European traders said on Thursday.

Jordan paid $226.60 a tonne, including cost and freight, for the wheat which is to be shipped in the second half of December, they said.

The seller was said to be U.S. agricultural group CHS.

Two other offers were made in the tender at $229 and $234 a tonne C&F, traders said.

The volume purchased was less than"...

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Vedanta Resources plc Announces Comprehensive Refinancing of US$ 1.8 BillionAugust 5, 2017

(ME NewsWire)-- Vedanta Resources plc (“Vedanta”, the “Company”, LSE: VED) today announced the pricing of an offering of bonds in the aggregate principal amount of US$1.0 billion of 6.125% Bonds due 2024 (the “Bonds”).

Vedanta intends to use the net proceeds from this offering primarily to fund its offers to purchase for cash any and all of its outstanding US$"...

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Swift Biosciences Announces New Industry-Leading Indexed Adapters for Sequencing Larger Numbers of Samples in a Single RunAugust 5, 2017

(ME NewsWire)-- Swift Biosciences, a leading provider of innovative library prep solutions for genomic sequencing, today announced the launch of Accel-NGS® 2S Indexed Adapters, a new portfolio of indices that significantly improves multiplexed next-generation sequencing on Illumina® platforms. This unique set of indices provides the largest set of commercially available, single indices for high-throughput genomic sequencing applications, enabling users to reliably"...

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Vedanta Resources plc Announces Expiration and Results of its Cash Tender Offers for Any and All of its US$ 774,772,000 6.00% Bonds due 2019 and US$ 900,000,000 8.25% Bonds due 2021August 5, 2017

(ME NewsWire)-- Vedanta Resources plc (the “Company” or “Vedanta”) (LSE: VED) today announced the expiration and results of its previously announced tender offers to purchase for cash (the “Tender Offers”) any and all of its outstanding US$ 774,772,000 6.00% Bonds due 2019, CUSIP: G9328D AH3, ISIN: USG9328DAH38 (Regulation S); CUSIP: 92241T AH5, ISIN: US92241TAH59 (Rule 144A) (the “2019 Bonds”) and US$ 900,000,000 8.25%"...

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Jordan protesters demonstrate near Israeli embassy August 5, 2017

Dozens of demonstrators took to the streets of Amman, Jordan on Friday, demanding the closure of the Israeli embassy there.

Arab media reported the march began at Kalouti Mosque after Friday prayers, from which the demonstrators marched to the Israeli embassy.

The protesters also called for the cancellation of ...

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Britain lifts laptop ban on flights from Jordan August 5, 2017

Britain on Friday lifted a ban on personal electronic devices for flights from Amman's Queen Alia International Airport to the United Kingdom, the national carrier Royal Jordanian said.

'Effective August 4, 2017, Royal Jordanian passengers are allowed to carry these electronic devices in the cabin,' the airline said in a statement referring to large phones, laptops and tablets.

The"...

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Jordan’s King to visit PA in Ramallah August 5, 2017

Jordan’s King Abdullah is to visit Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas next week for the first time in five years.

Whilst the meeting is only scheduled to last a few hours, the visit is reportedly meant as a show of support from Jordan to the PA, after Abbas suspended all contacts with Israel following"...

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Penal Code changes raise debate over its expected role in enhancing rule of law August 5, 2017

As Parliament passed changes to the Penal Code, stakeholders gave mixed reactions as they weighed the pros and cons of the new version of the key legislation.

The debate was, in particular, focused on the feasibility of intensifying penalties and raising fines for violations, with critics accusing the authors of the code of manipulating the legislation to generate revenues, while a senior official begged to differ.

Rationale:...

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SES: HD+ Subscribers in Germany to Enjoy Exclusive Live Sports Content via Eurosport Package August 4, 2017

(ME NewsWire)-- HD+ subscribers will now be able to enjoy exclusive live football matches as well as Tennis Grand Slams, Cycling highlights and MotoGP, thanks to the extended offer of HD+ following a partnership with the leading media company Discovery Networks Germany, Eurosport’s parent company.

Under the new agreement with Discovery Networks Germany, SES’s German HD media platform"...

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