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ISIS claims deadly suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria

[1/21/2019 3:38:09 PM]

AMMONNEWS - An ISIS-claimed suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy in northeastern Syria killed on Monday five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US troops in an anti-extremist coalition, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five fighters from the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in the attack, which occurred on a road in Hasakeh province. “A suicide attacker driving a bomb-laden car targeted a convoy of American forces accompanied by the SDF on the Hasakeh-Shadadi road,” the Observatory said. The head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the attacker’s vehicle hit an SDF vehicle. Shadadi lies to the south of Hasakeh, capital of the eponymous province, which has been relatively spared by the war that erupted in Syria nearly eight years ago. The attack, on which there was no immediate comment from the coalition, came less than a week after another attack on the US-led force and its local partners in the strategic city of Manbij. Four Americans -- two members of the military, a Pentagon civilian and a contractor -- were killed in a blast that targeted a restaurant in the city center on January 16. The Manbij attack cost Washington its worst combat losses since it deployed in the war-torn country to combat ISIS. *AFP

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Al-Manara bank robber arrested

[1/21/2019 3:25:19 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Police said Monday it had arrested a man who robbed a bank in Amman at gunpoint yesterday, and managed to retrieve most of the stolen money. Public Security Department (PSD) Spokesperson Lt. Col. Amer Sartawi said a Preventive Security Department's special investigation team arrested a man who robbed a bank in the Al-Manara area, eastern Amman at gunpoint retrieved most of the stolen money. Sartawi added that the Police emergency number 911 received a call on an unknown, masked and armed person burst into a branch of a bank in the Jabal al-Manara area, and stole a sum of money at gunpoint and escaped the scene, noting that a Preventive Security special team has followed up on the case. The team managed to identify the suspect, and arrested him after locating his whereabouts, Sartawi indicated, stating that during the investigation, he admitted planning and carrying out the robbery using a noise gun. Most of the stolen amounts, the gun and the mask the robber was wearing were seized and the investigation is still underway, the PSD Spokesperson concluded.

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House passes general pardon bill

[1/21/2019 3:23:19 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Lower House Monday evening passed the general pardon draft law in a session chaired by Speaker Atef Tarawneh and attended by Prime Minister Omar Razaz and cabinet members. Minister of State, Deputy Prime Minister, Rajai Al-Muasher, said that the government's bill was a "message of national reconciliation", which upholds the prestige of the state and the rule of law and defines the red lines for breach of public money, assault on civil servants as well as the crimes of slander, libel and defamation. The lawmakers decided that the pardon includes the crimes of libel, slander and vilification in the Penal Code and Cybercrimes Law, threats and blackmail under articles 349-352 and 415 of the Penal Code and the provisions of articles 379, 455 and 456 of the Penal Code, as well as crimes contrary to the Water Authority and Electricity laws. The pardon also includes crimes committed contrary to the laws of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and labor, fines for violation of the income tax, sales tax and customs laws, fines for traffic laws' violations and drug offenses under articles 7, 8 and 9 and chapters (B) and (C) of article 12 of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances law, with the exception of articles 15-20 of the law. The deputies agreed not to include in the pardon bill crimes against state security, societies of the evil and illegal societies, espionage crimes stipulated in Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Law on the Protection of State Secrets and Documents and abuse of public office crimes, excluding Articles 170 and 176 of the Penal Code. Articles 170 and 176 of the Penal Code deal with asking for and accepting of gifts, promises and benefits by employees and officials.

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Jordan opposes opening of Israel airport

[1/21/2019 3:21:55 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Chief of the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC), Haitham Mesto, Monday reiterated Jordan's rejection of Israel's unilateral move to open and operate an airport in its current location in the south, unless it meets international criteria and the Kingdom's interests. Mesto said that Jordan's rejection comes as the airport, near the southern city of Eilat, is in breach of international criteria regarding the respect of the sovereignty of the space and territory of other countries when operating the facility. Israel must honor the 1944 Chicago Convention on aviation, which was signed by 192 countries, including Jordan and Israel, which is binding to all the state signatories, he added. He said that the government, represented by CARC as the concerned body, has informed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the kingdom's utter rejection of this violation, stressing that all the necessary measures be taken to ensure Israel's compliance with the international criteria. The CARC also contacted the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority, and had informed them of the necessity not to unilaterally take the decision of operating the airport until all pending issues had been settled under "the international umbrella". Mesto stressed that the government reserves all options to defend and protect Jordanian interests, adding that the Kingdom is following up on the issue with the ICAO to find a solution in accordance with international laws and criteria.

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RJ's latest massive discounts on local and international flights

[1/21/2019 3:41:36 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Royal Jordanian Airline (RJ) continues to offer great low fares, which have always been expected and welcomed by travelers, as a massive discount on ticket prices for all destinations on RJ's network will run starting today until February 3. The Royal Jordanian has officially issued a clarifying statement of these offers, with all taxes included. Unsurprisingly, the offer covers the sale of economy class tickets, round trip, as well as flights taking off from Amman or Aqaba, during the determined period of sale.

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Russia: US being ‘malicious’, electronic gadgets sent to Syria’s Hmeimim

[9/25/2018 3:45:47 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Despite American condemnation and the Israeli state of alert with the Russian Defense Ministry announcement on Monday that it will supply the Syrian regime with S-300 defense missiles, it seems that Russia is determined to proceed with its project. According to Russian newspaper Izvestiya, the first group of electronic warfare devices was delivered on Monday on an El-76 plane, to Syria’s Hmeimim military base. This is despite the warning that it will disrupt the functioning of radars and communications systems on aircraft trying to approach the Syrian shores. The Interfax news agency said that the work of these groups will aim to disrupt the work of radars and communications systems and control aircraft that will attack Syrian territory. The means of electronic warfare would disrupt the work of satellite navigation systems. This development, comes after a Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down on September, 17, off Lattakia, killing 15Russian servicemen on board. The Russian Defense Ministry blamed the Israeli air force for that incident and described Israeli conduct as “deliberate.” On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that supplying advanced weapon systems to “irresponsible players” would increase dangers in the region, Netanyahu’s office said. Full story Russia foreign ministry: US is being ‘Malicious’ At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that the arguments of Russia’s partners, who previously demanded that Syria should not get the S-300 missile defense system, are no longer convincing, stressing that any country has the right to provide technical military support to its partners. The ministry stressed that the supply the S-300 missile defense system to Syria will not lead to escalation in Syria, but to stability, noting that this system is defensive, and the United States is being “malicious” when it says that Russia’s export of the missiles threaten the US security. The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the S-300, which will be received by Syria will be able to cover the Syrian airspace, where it requires doing so. *Al Arabiya

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Gov’t amends fuel prices

[5/31/2018 5:34:35 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The government pricing committee on Thursday set the price of unleaded 90-octane gasoline at JD0.860 per litre for June instead of JD0.815, while unleaded 95-octane gasoline will be sold at JD0.1100 per litre instead of JD0.1050. Kerosene and solar were priced at JD0.645 per litre instead of JD 0.615, according to the committee. The committee noted that the price of gas cylinder will remain unchanged at JD7 despite their actual increase to JD8.60 internationally. The fuel pricing committee meets monthly to adjust fuel prices to correspond with a formula applied since February 2008 according to a Cabinet decision.

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