Ammon News, Jordan News

Deputizing for King interior minister attends ceremony on restoration of Christ's tomb

[3/22/2017 3:49:10 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah II, Interior Minister Ghalib Zou'bi took part on Wednesday in a ceremony held in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on the restoration of Christ's tomb. Last year, His Majesty issued a Royal Benefaction (makruma) to provide a donation for the restoration of Jesus’ Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In remarks during the ceremony, His Beatitude Kyrios Kyrios Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine and Jordan voiced appreciation of His Majesty's role in safeguarding holy sites in Jerusalem as well as his generous donation to restore the tomb.

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Momani opens Arab summit media centre

[3/22/2017 3:39:37 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani on Wednesday, opened the media centre for the 28th Arab summit in the Grand East Hotel Dead Sea. Momani said in a press conference that the center was fully ready for the event, noting that all media, logistical and diplomatic preparations have been taken. He said that preliminary meetings for the summit will start tomorrow, adding that the most important meeting will be held on March 27 in preparation for the Arab leaders' meeting on March 29. The minister added that 3 committee have worked on preparation for the summit over the past 4 months. Momani said that the Palestinian issue will top the agenda of the Arab summit, adding that the presence of Arab leaders and the discussions over the Palestinian issue have great political importance. On the Syrian crisis, the minister said that all Arab states agree on the need to end the suffering of the Syrian people but the Arab League's decision suspended Syria's membership. Arab state, he added, also agree on the importance of supporting efforts of the Iraqi people to address security challenges, fight terrorism and extremism, and focus on national reconciliation to achieve security and stability in Iraq. Momani voiced hope that the Arab summit will pave the way for addressing challenges facing the Arab nation, and providing the opportunity to Arab leaders to express their stances on Arab issues, mainly the Palestinian cause. Earlier, director of the summit's media center and Director General of Jordan News Agency, Petra Faisal Al Shboul briefed Momani on preparations and media services that will be provided to media outlets to facilitate their mission.

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FM, EU foreign policy chief discuss regional developments

[3/22/2017 3:29:41 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Ayman Safadi and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini highlighted the strong Jordanian-European ties. During a meeting on the sidelines of their participation in meeting of the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh in Washington, the two officials stressed the importance of institutional approach to promote partnership that reflects on economic cooperation, and boost coordination to address regional challenges. Safadi and Mogherini also discussed the Palestinian issue, noting that a solution to this issues will contribute to achieving security and stability in the Middle East. They also discussed the Syrian crisis, the situation in Libya, the war on terrorism in addition to the international conference on Syrian that will be held early next month as well as the Arab summit that will be hosted by Jordan. Safadi stressed the importance of focusing the refugees' needs and supporting host countries, pointing to the burden shouldered by the Kingdom as a result of hosting more that 1.3 million Syrian refugees. He affirmed the importance exerting further efforts to ensure the success of the ceasefire in Syria, and achieve a peaceful solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people. Safadi is the taking part today in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh in Washington that is attended by foreign ministers and representatives of 68 countries.

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Israel halts excavations in Jerusalem, immediately after uncovering remains of Jordanian martyrs

[3/22/2017 7:59:46 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Israel Foreign Ministry Wednesday announced it halted excavation works in the occupied East Jerusalem village of Sur Bahir, immediately after workers found remains of three Jordanian soldiers killed in 1967 war. The ministry stressed in a statement that the Israeli authorities fully respect Jordan and its martyrs, adding that contacts were made to transfer the remains of the three soldiers in order to bury them in the Kingdom. The ministry stressed that if the remains were harmed during the excavations, it was not intended. It added that works were immediately stopped and the remains were sent to Abu Kabir Forensic Institute for further examination and to deal with them in a professional manner.

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Cloudy skies, colder temps overnight forecast for three days

[3/22/2017 7:54:42 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Cloudy skies with scattered rain accompanied with thunder and lightning are forecast Wednesday across the Kingdom, with daytime temperatures reaching 18 degrees Celsius in most regions, except in the Gulf of Aqaba where mercury levels jump to 28 degrees. According to the Jordan Meteorological Department(JMD), temperatures will plummet at night reaching 7 degrees in the capital and the southern regions and 12 in the northern parts. A drop in temperatures is expected over the next two days, but similar cloudy conditions will remain with a chance of scattered showers and northwesterly brisk winds, the JMD a added.

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Spring solstice marks end of winter, start of khamsini weather phenomenon

[3/21/2017 4:49:11 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The spring solstice or vernal equinox occurred on Monday, marking the beginning of spring and the end of winter in the northern hemisphere, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD). The sun became vertical over the equator on Monday, making day and night of equal duration, according to the JMD, which said that the sun rose in Amman on Monday at 5:40am and set at 5:47pm. The average daily temperature during spring in Amman is 25.7ºC and the average nighttime temperature is 12.3ºC, JMD Director Mohammad Samawi said. The JMD database indicates that the highest temperature recorded in spring in Amman was in 1942, when the mercury reached 41.7ºC, while the lowest temperature in Amman during spring was in 1922 when it dropped to -2.8ºC. Meanwhile, the department’s figures showed that the highest temperature recorded across the country was in 2002 in the Jordan Valley, where it reached a high of 50ºC, while the lowest temperature recorded across the country during spring was in Shoubak in 1966 when it dipped to a low of -8ºC. Spring ends on June 21, which marks the summer solstice — the longest day and the shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Seasonal climate charts indicate that rainfall during March, April and May will be around, or higher than, the annual average, particularly in the southern and eastern parts of the country, the JMD said recently. With a 60 per cent chance that precipitation during spring will reach or exceed the annual average, weather charts also forecast that temperatures over the three months will have a 70 per cent chance of being 0.7ºC higher than the annual average. Although winter ended with the start of spring, the JMD expects the country to witness multiple depressions and relatively cold air masses that could bring significant rainfall. The beginning of spring in Jordan also marks the start of khamsini weather conditions, during which the Kingdom experiences multiple depressions bringing dusty and warm weather. Khamsini weather conditions affect the eastern part of the Mediterranean an average of once a week during the 50-day period. The name is derived from khamsin — meaning 50 in Arabic — because it usually occurs during a 50-day timeframe, from March 21st through to May 10th. The hot, sand-laden winds, originating from the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, annually move east of the Mediterranean Sea around this time of year and are usually preceded by unseasonably high temperatures and dry and dusty conditions. Health experts advise the public to take precautionary measures during this period, as allergy cases and respiratory system infections increase, particularly due to pollen grains and dust.

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GAM, IEC discuss preparations for local elections

[3/21/2017 4:47:17 PM]

AMMONNEWS - President of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) committee Yousef Shawarbeh on Monday met with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) President Khaled Kalaldeh to discuss preparations for GAM’s council elections, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Shawarbeh stressed the municipality’s support for the IEC to hold the elections. For his part, Kalaldeh said that the meeting is part of IEC’s efforts to acquaint all partners with procedures for holding local council elections, slated for August 15, and the necessary assistance they can offer.

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