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    The Limited View from the Amman SummitNovember 17, 2014

    The hastily-arranged summit in Amman on November 13, 2014 may have given the participants some instant gratification. In the long run, however, it will join the long list of similar summits in Aqaba, Jordan, Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt, Washington, DC, and elsewhere that ended with no lasting impact.


    The host, King Abdullah II of Jordan, needed the summit to continue the pressure"...

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    Satellite remote sensing uncovers violations on underground water resourcesNovember 17, 2014

    Satellite remote sensing of aquifers in Mafraq Governorate’s Ramtha District has uncovered “startling” results on the magnitude of violations on underground water resources, according to government officials.


    Lands planted with irrigated crops in Ramtha District, around 80km northeast of Amman, are more than double the estimated area, while the water pumped from wells is more than triple the allowed amounts, according to results of the project, which was supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Water Ministry"......

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    New initiative to focus on gender mainstreaming in governmentNovember 17, 2014

    An initiative was launched on Sunday to acquaint national and governmental organisations with gender equity issues.


    “We are targeting local and governmental organisations by providing technical training and capacity building on gender issues as well as building on existing efforts by various institutions in this field,” USAID Takamol- Gender Programme Chief of Party Nermeen Murad said.


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    'Over 7,500 cases of electricity theft registered this year’November 17, 2014

    The Jordanian Electric Power Co. Ltd. (JEPCO) has registered a total of 7,568 cases of electricity theft during the first eight months of this year, according to Hassan Abdullah, JEPCO's strategic asset manager.


    He expected unregistered cases to be double that figure, as inspection teams do not examine all electricity gauges in the company's area of operations, which covers the central governorates of Amman, Zarqa, Madaba as well as a majority of Balqa.

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    Jordan-UAE ties are strong, says MomaniNovember 17, 2014

    The Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications, Mohammad Momani, said that Jordan's ties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are strong and considered a model for Arab countries to conduct mutual relations.

    Momani's remarks came as he received a delegation from the Emirati Defense College, deputizing for Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

    The minister congratulated the UAE on the occasion of its National Day on 2nd December,"...

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    Queen Rania visits JRF’s Training and Consultancy CenterNovember 17, 2014

    Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited today the Jordan River Foundation’s (JRF) Training and Consultancy Center which provides training programs in the areas of child safety and community empowerment.

    During her visit, the Queen stopped by two training sessions on child safety and protection. The first session titled ‘Early Childhood Training Operating Nurseries Foundation’ aims to support, promote and fund the"...

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    UNHCR implements projects in TafilahNovember 17, 2014

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Relief and Development Inc. (IRD) on Saturday launched some productive projects in the Tafilah city, according to the Head of the Community Committee, Ali Badaineh.

    Badaineh indicated that the UNHCR is seeking to carry out several social, health and educational activities for the local community and Syrian refugees.

    The Community Committee receives"...

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    ACI president calls for boosting economic ties with BritainNovember 17, 2014

    President of the Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) Ziyad Al Homsi has called for strengthening the economic ties between Jordan and the United Kingdom, especially since both the countries are bound by strong historical and political ties.

    At a meeting with the British Ambassador to Jordan, Peter Millett, he voiced the hope that stronger ties between the two countries will lead to even better economic ties. The Kingdom's exports to the UK"...

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    PepsiCo-Jordan launches ‘Healthy Living Football Championship’November 17, 2014

    As part of its efforts to support the local sports scene, particularly football, PepsiCo-Jordan launched the ‘Healthy Living Football Championship’, a staff tournament that covers the Company’s various locations. The Healthy Living Football Championship is being held between 8 November and 5 December, 2014, at the Oxford Schools stadiums in Amman.


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    Flood of refugees overwhelms JordanNovember 17, 2014

    Lines of shipping containers stretch out into the distance, huddled together in the middle of the Jordanian desert. The early morning sun reflects off the white roofs of the Azraq refugee camp, currently home to more than 13,000 Syrians who have fled from the war in their homeland.


    The camp is also the new home for Suria and her five children. She fled to Jordan six weeks"...

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