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"Gay" e-magazine banned

[7/31/2017 6:21:35 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Jordan Media Commission Monday banned an electronic magazine that claims it's "a magazine specializing in gay affairs in Jordan." Commission director general, Mohammad Qutishat, told Petra that the magazine isn't licensed and acts contrary to article 49 of the Press and Publications Law. Editors of the magazine had made negative reactions in the community, claiming that they had licensed a magazine dealing with gay affairs, which turned out to be completely untrue.

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Jordanian police prevent Haredim from leaving Petra hotel

[7/24/2017 6:06:48 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The group was in Jordan to visit the grave of the high priest Aaron, the brother of Moses, in a place known as Mount Hor in the Torah. The first day of the Hebrew month of Av, which falls on Monday, is the anniversary of Aaron's death. An annual celebration is held in Petra on that day in his memory. While other groups of Jewish faithful were able to get to the grave, one group was prevented from leaving their hotel. The families of the detained Haredim contacted the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which said in a statement: "The consul spoke to them and ask them to keep a low profile and follow police's instructions. In addition, the consul will advise them to return to Israel earlier due to the explosive timing." Members of the group described great hostility towards them and attributed it to the incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman. They said high-ranked Jordanian police officers treated them badly and conducted thorough searches of their possessions for any Jewish symbols. A member of another group, which had already returned to Israel, said the Jordanians did not let them bring any Jewish religious items into the country "due to security reasons." *Ynet News

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Senior Israeli Defense Official Heading to Jordan to Solve Embassy Crisis

[7/24/2017 5:18:42 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A senior Israeli defense official will travel to Amman on Monday to negotiate a solution to the diplomatic crisis that developed after an Israeli Embassy guard shot dead a Jordanian teen who tried to stab him. Another Jordanian was also killed in the incident.  "Talks are being held with the Jordanians via the defense establishment," a senior Israeli official, who asked to remain unnamed, told Haaretz. "We are trying to move toward ending this crisis." Senior Jordanian officials told the Jordan's Al-Rai newspaper that Jordanian police is still demanding to interrogate the guard. The Jordanian officials said that the kingdom will escalate the diplomatic measures if Israel refuses to hand over the guard.  *Haaretz

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US embassy in Amman issues Jordan travel warning

[7/20/2017 9:44:05 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider the risks of travel to and throughout Jordan due to persistent terrorist threats. The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS), its affiliates, sympathizers, and other violent extremist groups have successfully conducted attacks in Jordan and continue to plot against local security forces, U.S. and Western interests, and “soft” targets. Jordan’s prominent role in the counter ­ISIS Coalition and its shared borders with Iraq and Syria increase the potential for future terrorist incidents. This replaces the Travel Warning issued December 23, 2016. Travelers to Jordan should avoid the country’s border with Syria and Iraq given the continued threat of cross-­border attacks. All U.S. government personnel on official travel must receive prior permission to visit any area within 10 km from the Jordan-­Syria border, which includes the town of Ramtha. The 10 km area does not include the tourist site of Umm Qais or the city of Irbid. U.S. government personnel must also have permission for official travel on Highway 10 east of the town of Ruwayshid toward the Iraq border. U.S. government employees on personal travel are not permitted to visit the border areas or refugee camps, and the Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid both locations. On occasion, the U.S. Embassy temporarily makes other areas within Jordan off limits to its staff based on the security situation.

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Rebels meet US envoy in to cement ceasefire south Syria

[7/18/2017 5:42:29 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Rebel leaders from Syria's southern city of Deraa met with US and Jordanian officials in Amman this week to discuss arrangements to cement the ceasefire in south west Syria, rebel sources said. The meeting comes days after the reported arrival of Russian troops near Deraa to monitor the ceasefire, which was brokered with Washington earlier this month in Germany. Rebel sources told ANSAmed the future of Deraa and the fate of Al Qaeda-linked groups operating in southern Syria, including Jabhat al Nusra and its affiliate groups, were also discussed. Hezbollah fighters and other Shia militants are said to have evacuated some posts near the Jordanian border as part of the deal, but Damascus continues to maintain a strong presence in Deraa city. US Special Envoy for Syria, Deputy Assistant State Secretary Michael Ratney, chaired the meeting in the Jordanian capital, where he also discussed the possibility of sending rebels from the south to fight alongside US-backed groups against Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria, the sources added. The ceasefire in Deraa continues to hold in designated areas, but there is ongoing fighting between the Syrian regime and its allies against rebel groups in the desert region of east Deraa, according to rebel sources. Damascus and Iranian-backed militias have been trying to extend their reach in east Deraa in an attempt to control parts of the borders with Jordan, but US-backed groups are showing strong resistance amid US air support, the sources told ANSAmed by phone. Jordan, a strong ally of Washington, has been chosen by the US and Russia as the observation centre to monitor the ceasefire in southwest Deraa. The kingdom sponsors several rebel groups and is strongly believed to have already sent special forces to Syria in clandestine missions in the war-torn country. It has shut down its borders with the neighbouring Arab country and refused to allow refugees to enter its territory, forcing civilians to camp near the borders in difficult conditions, according to activists. Amman says it has been facilitating humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians near its borders, but refugees say they are unsafe due to continued fighting between rebels and government forces as well as presence of IS fighters. * ANSA

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Jordan welcomes Palestinian-Israeli water deal

[7/13/2017 11:47:44 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Water and Irrigation Hazim Al Nasser welcomed the water deal reached today between the Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem. The US-mediated agreement came as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the parties concerned with implementing the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal between Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Israel in December, 2013 in Washington. Under the deal, the Palestinian side will receive more that 30 million cubic meters of water annually. Al Nasser said that the agreement will enable the Palestinians to secure additional quantities of water outside the Oslo Agreements, indicating that the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will be provided with water as of this summer until 2021. The minister stressed that Jordan will continue its efforts on this issue to enable the Palestinians to regain their rights.

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UN Yemen envoy’s office to relocate to Amman from New York

[6/20/2017 7:30:28 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the temporary relocation of the office of the UN secretary general’s special envoy to Yemen from New York to Amman, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The decision reflects the international community’s trust in Jordan’s diplomatic capabilities and its role in supporting the efforts to realise security and stability in the region, Petra said. An agreement is to be signed between the UN and Jordan related to moving the office. The decision noted the need to appoint an attaché to coordinate the relocation process, to receive Yemeni officials and to hold meetings, Petra added.

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