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Jordan: Country in the Middle East
Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab country in the Levant region of Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine. The Dead Sea is located along its western borders and the country has a 26-kilometre (16 mi) coastline on the Red Sea in its extreme south-west. Jordan is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. The capital, Amman, is Jordan's most populous city as well as the country's economic, political and cultural centre.


Jordanian man collects and renovates waste books [Video]

Jordanian man collects and renovates waste books

Every day, Mohammad Salem Abu Zakaria searches for books that are left on the street, to renovate and redistribute back to his fellow Jordanians.

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Might Al Harrah desert drawings reveal the Middle East’s forgotten past? [Video]

Might Al Harrah desert drawings reveal the Middle East’s forgotten past?

In this vast plain of the Al Harrah desert, stretching from Syria across north-eastern Jordan and into Saudi Arabia, ancient drawings are carved into volcanic basalt rock.View on euronews

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Jordan's King Abdulllah warned on Tuesday that Israel's planned move to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank next month would threaten stability in the Middle East.
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IMF approves $1.3 billion loan for Jordan, adjusts for coronavirus expenses

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Jordan eases nationwide curfew and allows shops to open

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Jordan has announced a lockdown beginning on Wednesday, ordering all citizens to stay in their homes apart from emergencies and banning travel between provinces, to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
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Jordanian army says it will deploy around cities ahead of state of emergency

The Jordanian army said on Tuesday it will deploy at entrances and exits of main cities in the kingdom in a move officials said was ahead of an imminent announcement of a state of emergency to combat..
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Jordan parliament passes draft law to ban gas imports from Israel

Jordan's parliament on Sunday approved a draft law to ban imports of Israeli gas to the country just days after they started under a multibillion-dollar deal struck in 2016 which is opposed by much of..
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U.S. halts sending bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan, Egypt as seven die

The U.S. State Department said on Monday it has stopped sending explosive-detecting dogs to Jordan and Egypt over concerns of deaths of deployed dogs from causes like heat stroke and poisoning.
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Thirteen Pakistanis killed in Jordan valley farm fire: civil defense statement

Thirteen Pakistanis, including eight children, died when a fire swept through their makeshift dwellings in a farming estate in the Jordan Valley, Jordan's civil defense said.
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Jordan foils plot against U.S., Israeli diplomats and American soldiers: newspaper

Jordanian intelligence recently foiled a plot by two suspected militants to mount terror attacks against U.S. and Israeli diplomats alongside U.S. troops deployed at a military base in the south of the..
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Jordan's king tours enclave along Israel border after end of lease deal

Jordan's King Abdullah paid his first visit on Monday to an enclave fringing its northern border with Israel a day after the expiry of a 25-year special regime that allowed Israeli farmers access to..
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Two Jordanians detained by Israel return home after handover deal

Two Jordanians, whose detention without charge by Israel led Jordan to recall its ambassador, returned home on Wednesday in a handover deal that defused a diplomatic crisis, officials said.
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Three Mexicans, one Swiss wounded in stabbing at Jordan tourist spot

Three Mexican tourists and one Swiss were wounded along with four locals in Jordan on Wednesday when a man went on a stabbing rampage in Jersah city, a major tourist destination near ancient Roman..
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Tourists stabbed in Jordanian city near Roman ruins: police

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Injured in Jordan stabbing were not Spanish nationals: source

The tourists stabbed Wednesday in Jerash, a Jordanian city popular with foreign visitors, were not Spanish nationals, a source from Spain's foreign ministry told Reuters.
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Jordan government resigns ahead of a reshuffle: state media

Jordan's cabinet on Monday resigned ahead of a government reshuffle expected in the next few days, the state news agency said.
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House Speaker Pelosi holds talks in Jordan with King Abdullah

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress held talks in Jordan on Saturday with King Abdullah II and other top Jordanian officials.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted Jordan's King Abdullah for a working lunch on Wednesday to discuss ties between the two countries, Johnson's office said.
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UK court sets November hearing for case of Dubai ruler and princess

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Top Turkish officials visit Jordan in move to deepen ties: officials

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White House's Kushner to finalize Palestinian economic plan on Middle East tour - official

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