Ammon News, Jordan News

Jerash Festival kicks off

[7/20/2017 5:35:47 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The 32nd Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts kicked off on Thursday at the ancient Roman city, 48km to the north of Amman. Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah II, Prime Minister Hani Mulki opened the several-day extravaganza. Several leading Jordanian and Arab artists are participating in the festival, including celebrity singers like Wael Kfouri, Nancy Ajram, Hani Shaker, Walid Tawfiq, Ragheb Alamah, Faris Karam, Nawal Al Zughbi, in addition to Jordanian singers including Diana Karazon and others. Several other activities will be held at the Royal Cultural Center in Amman.

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Palestinian Gov't praises Jordan's role in defending Al Aqsa

[7/20/2017 9:17:26 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Palestinian Government praised Jordan's efforts, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, in defending Jerusalem in general, and Al Aqsa Mosque/ Haram Al Sharif in particular. In a statement on Thursday, official spokesman of the Palestinian government Yousef Al Mahmoud held Israel fully responsible for the rise in escalation and violations against Al Aqsa Mosque, occupied Jerusalem as well as the West Bank. Al Mahmoud urged the international community to condemn the Israeli escalation and take immediate steps to end the escalation and violations committed by Israel.

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King congratulates Egyptian president on July 23 Revolution

[7/20/2017 10:02:52 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday sent a cable of congratulations to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, on the anniversary of July 23 revolution. The King wished President Al Sisi continued good health and the Egyptian people further progress and prosperity.

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Relatively hot conditions forecast over weekend

[7/20/2017 9:15:34 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Relatively hot weather conditions are forecast in the capital Amman and the hilly areas, while hot conditions are going to prevail nationwide, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD). Winds will be north-westerly moderate picking up in the afternoon. As of tomorrow, a slight rise in temperatures is expected for the next 48 hours, the JMD added. Temperatures in the capital Amman will reach a high of 34 degrees Celsius during the day and a low of 22 degrees at night.

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Court starts trial of suspected Daesh members

[7/19/2017 5:24:16 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The State Security Court (SSC), on Wednesday, started trial of two Daesh terrorist group suspects, who were convicted of plotting terrorist attacks in the Kingdom including targeting tourists, Jordanian soldiers and churches. According to the indictment, in April, 2017, General Intelligence Department personnel foiled the two terrorists' plot to carry out terrorist attacks and arrested them. During a public hearing, the suspects denied the charges brought against them including promoting terrorist ideology and attempting to join terrorist organizations.

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King Abdullah I remembered

[7/19/2017 5:23:06 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan on Thursday marks the 66th anniversary of the death of His Majesty King Abdullah I (1882-1951), the founder of the Kingdom, who was assassinated as he was entering Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for Friday prayers on July 20, 1951. King Abdullah I led the Arab forces of the Great Arab Revolt with his brothers Ali, Feisal and Zeid against the Ottoman Empire. By the end of World War I, he assumed the Throne of Transjordan, which was formed in 1921, establishing the first centralised government out of a mostly tribal and nomadic society. Over the next 30 years, he focused on nation building and developing the institutional foundations of modern Jordan. During these three decades, King Abdullah I presided over a series of Anglo-Transjordanian treaties, culminating in the 1946 Anglo-Transjordanian Treaty, ending the British mandate and granting the new Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan full independence. He is also remembered for promulgating Jordan’s first Constitution in 1928 and holding the country’s first parliamentary elections in 1929. He laid down the basis for democracy in the Kingdom, and called for political pluralism. The first political party was formed during his reign. A poet himself, he used to meet with poets, writers and scholars, and discuss the country’s affairs. *JT

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Health Ministry shuts down private hospital

[7/19/2017 5:19:05 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Health Minister Mahmoud Sheyyab on Wednesday decided to shut down a private hospital in Zarqa after a video emerged showing the body a of child in an “inappropriate freezer”. The content of the video, which has gone viral, has been verified by authorities, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Health Ministry Spokesperson Hatim Azraai said that after watching the video that was circulated on social media networks and other websites, the minister issued directives to immediately investigate the video and visit the hospital. Azaari added that the minister summoned the Private Hospitals Committee to discuss the video and measures needed to be taken in accordance with the relevant laws. He noted that after verifying the video’s content, Shyyeab decided to shut down the hospital until it rectifies its status. The spokesperson stressed the ministry’s keenness to protect the rights of patients at the hospital, noting that it has notified the concerned authorities to take into consideration the needs of patients at the time of closure. The hospital licensing law and its amendments for 2014 stipulate requirement of special freezers for storing bodies of patients who die at hospitals. In accordance with the law, the ministry has given hospitals that do not have body freezers a grace period of one year, according to Petra.

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