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Jordanian police clash with protesters over union crackdown

04 Aug 2020

AMMAN Jordanian security forces on Tuesday used tear gas to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators it blamed for disrupting public services during a protest demanding the release of leaders of the opposition-run teachers union, state media said.

Jordanian police seal off central Amman to foil union protest

29 Jul 2020

AMMAN Jordanian security forces dispersed dozens of teachers trying to reach the seat of government on Wednesday to protest at the arrest of their union leaders and the closure of its offices across the country.

Jordan sets Nov. 10 as date for parliamentary elections

29 Jul 2020

AMMAN Jordan has set Nov. 10 as the date for parliamentary elections, hours after a royal decree to hold a countrywide poll, state media said Wednesday.

Syrian tycoon says front companies used to dodge sanctions as rift with Assad widens

27 Jul 2020

AMMAN Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf revealed on Sunday he had set up a web of offshore front companies to help President Bashar al Assad evade Western sanctions, in a social media post blasting the government for investigating his business empire.

Jordan says detained union leaders sought to wreak havoc in country

26 Jul 2020

AMMAN Jordan said on Sunday it had detained opposition union leaders to prevent a campaign of protests that would have paralysed essential government services as the country grapples with the economic blow from the coronavirus crisis.

UPDATE 2-Jordan's Arab Bank group H1 net profits drop 66%

25 Jul 2020

AMMAN, July 25 Jordan's largest lender, Arab Bank Group, reported on Saturday a 66% year-on-year drop in first-half net profit to $152.1 million as it set aside more money to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jordan arrests leaders of teachers union in opposition crackdown

25 Jul 2020

AMMAN Jordanian security forces arrested leading members of the opposition-run teachers union on Saturday, raided its offices and shut it down for two years, escalating a confrontation with a group that has become a leading source of dissent.

Syria says Israel strikes southern Damascus, sources say Iranian bases hit

20 Jul 2020

AMMAN Syrian air defences on Monday intercepted a new Israeli "aggression" above the capital Damascus, state media said, in the latest wave of attacks that Western intelligence sources have said were Israeli strikes on a major Iranian-backed ammunition depot on the edge of the capital.

Jordan presses sweeping tax evasion crackdown to aid ailing economy

12 Jul 2020

AMMAN Jordan's Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz promised on Sunday to deepen a crackdown on tax evasion that officials say has deprived the country's cash-strapped economy of billions of dollars' revenue in recent years.

Jordan energy plan seeks major reduction in foreign fuel imports, minister says

07 Jul 2020

AMMAN, July 7 Energy-dependent Jordan said a ten-year plan to expand renewable and oil shale resources will reduce its reliance on costly foreign fuel imports that burden its economy and move it towards self-sufficiency.

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