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Al-Aqsa Mosque reopens next Sunday

[5/27/2020 7:19:22 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque will reopen to Muslim worshippers next Sunday, the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf announced Wednesday, taking into account health and safety guidelines in light of the coronavirus pandemic. General Director of the Islamic Awqaf, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, told Petra’s reporter in Ramallah that all necessary measures have been taken to gradually return to normal conditions, starting by cleaning and sterilizing the squares, terraces and corridors of the holy place in order to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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Amman stock market index up by 1.03%

[5/27/2020 7:27:33 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) index on Wednesday went up by 1.03 percent at 1,605 points compared to the closing of yesterday's session, driven by the rise of the shares of the Arab Bank, the Jordan Petroleum Refinery, the Phosphate Mines company, and the Potash company. Today's trading session closed with a total of 2.4 million shares traded through 1,073 transactions at a trading value of JD3.7 million. Stock traders are anticipating the results of the second quarter of the public joint-stock companies, as they reflect the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The closing prices of 30 companies with traded shares went up, while 43 others declined. The prices of the shares of 11 others remained unchanged.

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US President Trump offers to mediate India-China border dispute

[5/27/2020 7:24:21 AM]

AMMONNEWS - US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he has offered to mediate a standoff between India and China at the Himalayan border. “We have informed both India and China that the US is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute,” Trump said in a Twitter post. The standoff was triggered by India’s construction of roads and air strips in the region as it competes with China’s spreading Belt and Road initiative, Indian observers said on Tuesday. It was reported Tuesday that China is expanding its high-altitude airbase near Ladakh, the site of some recent border skirmishes with India, according to India’s NDTV. “Satellite images show massive construction activity at a high-altitude Chinese air base, located just 200 kilometers away from the Pangong Lake, the site of the skirmish between forces of India and China on May 5 and May 6,” the report said. Several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in clash involving fistfights and stone-throwing at a remote but strategically important mountain pass near Tibet, the Indian Army said. “Aggressive behavior by the two sides resulted in minor injuries to troops. It was stone-throwing and arguments that ended in a fistfight,” Indian Army Eastern Command spokesman Mandeep Hooda told AFP. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that China would step up its preparedness for armed combat and improve its ability to carry out military tasks as the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on national security, Reuters reported citing state television. *Reuters

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Fair weather forecast for three days

[5/27/2020 7:17:38 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Mercury levels are expected to slightly rise on Wednesday, marking few degrees beyond the seasonal average and bringing moderate spring-like weather conditions across most regions of the Kingdom, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily brief. Hot conditions are forecast to prevail in the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea during the daytime, the JMD added, predicting cooler weather at night. Temperatures will dip again over the next two days, so pleasant conditions will prevail in most areas of the country, except in the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and Aqaba where it will be relatively hot, with westerly moderate to active winds, the JMD further said. In Amman and other highlands, north and south, daytime mercury levels will range between 27 and 31 degrees. In the late afternoon and evening hours, cooler weather is forecast as temperatures slide to around 15 and even 13 in the southern highlands. In the port city of Aqaba daytime temperatures will stand at 37 degrees, while lows will slide to 26 at night.

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Seven new COVID-19 cases recorded on Tuesday

[5/26/2020 6:11:43 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Seven new COVID-19 infections were recorded in Jordan on Tuesday pushing the case tally to 718 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Kingdom in early March, the Ministry of Health announced. The new cases include three truck drivers diagnosed at the Omary border crossing with Saudi Arabia, the ministry said in its daily brief, adding that another three cases contracted the disease from an infected truck driver in the Quismeh area in eastern Amman. The last case was recorded in the northern Jerash governorate and contracted the disease from a confirmed infection. Nine patients recovered and left hospitals today, according to the ministry which also said that 2,783 tests were conducted today, pushing the total to 167,892 since the beginning of the crisis. The ministry indicated that no additional sectors or entities were allowed to reopen, urging all employees who resumed their work in both the private and public sectors to download and install the AMAN smartphone application to ensure they don't come into contact with infected persons.

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Cold weather remains Tuesday, depression forecast Wednesday

[12/24/2019 8:13:30 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A slight drop in temperatures is expected on Tuesday as relatively cold weather remains in most parts of the country, while it will be pleasant in the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea with low-altitude clouds, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily brief. Weather will turn colder later at night with low clouds in the northern and central regions and a chance for light showers in the northern areas. Winds will be southwesterly moderate to brisk, blowing dust at times, the JMD added. On Wednesday, the Kingdom will be affected by a cold and wet air mass, accompanied by a depression centered over Cyprus. Therefore, a tangible drop in temperatures is forecast, bringing cold and cloudy weather with rainfall starting from the northern region and extending to the central and eastern areas. The downpour is expected to be heavy at times and accompanied by thunder and hail in some areas, which may lead to flood formation in the valleys and low-lying areas. Winds will be southwesterly brisk with strong gusts exceeding 60 kilometers per hour, blowing dust in the southern and eastern areas. Another dip in temperatures is forecast on Thursday as the impact of the polar front deepen, bringing cold, cloudy weather with heavy rain at times accompanied by thunder and hail, and causing floods in the valleys and low-lying areas. Winds will be southwesterly to brisk with strong gusts reaching 60-80 Km/h, stirring dust in the Badia regions. Daytime temperatures expected for today will hover around 16 degrees Celsius in Amman and the northern cities, and 13 degrees in the southern cities, dropping down to 5, 7 and 4 respectively. The weather will be warmer in the port city of Aqaba with highs reaching 24 degrees Celsius and lows standing at 12 degrees at night.

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Watery grave for ancient Turkish town of Hasankeyf

[9/21/2019 2:15:59 PM]

AMMONNEWS - In a graveyard beside the doomed town of Hasankeyf, workers are exhuming bodies, carrying them to a new resting place away from the waters that will soon submerge this ancient site. Here on the banks of the Tigris in southeastern Turkey, the residents of Hasankeyf, a town with 12,000 years of history, are waiting for the waters to come. A new dam upstream is already operational. In the next few months, the town and nearly 200 villages in this valley will be gone. Fatih, who did not give his full name, watches as workers carry away the bones of his brother, killed in an accident more than 20 years ago. It is like a second funeral, he says. In the background is Hasankeyf’s ancient citadel, one of the few monuments high enough to survive the rising waters, but is now fronted by a huge, white stone wall to protect it. For 73-year-old Mehmet, the endless construction work around these old monuments is like watching the funeral of an old friend. He is busy cultivating the figs and grapes in his garden that he has tended since he was a child. This is the last time -- by April, they will be underwater. A new Hasankeyf has been built nearby, with some of the old town’s monuments relocated there and brand-new homes for its 3,000 inhabitants. But many find it hard to let go. “This year, officials told us not to sow seeds because the water was coming, but we did it anyway. We will sow right up to the end,” said Meseha, 62, in the nearby village of Cavuslu. Some parts of the valley have already become a lake. That is forcing local fishermen, used to working the flowing waters of the Tigris, to adapt to still waters. Halil Ertan, 48, isn’t impressed by the new types of fish he finds in the lake -- fatter and less tasty, he says. Back at the graveyard, 12-year-old Yunus is looking for the grave of his little brother who died at birth in 2016. But when he finds it, the officials tell him the family has not done the necessary paperwork for the grave to be moved. It will be submerged with everything else that is left behind. *AFP

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