AP Top Stories June 27 5P

Here are the top stories for Saturday, June 27: US state debates Confederate symbol on flag; Protest in Amman against Israel’s annexation plans;

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Disinfection of Jordan’s archeological city of Petra to fight virus | AFP

Health workers disinfect the ancient Khaznah (treasury) monument carved in a rock cliff, in Jordan’s archaeological city of Petra south of the capital Amman, amidst efforts against the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease. IMAGES

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Jordan: Hundreds protest against first import of Israeli gas | AFP

Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrate after Friday prayers in the centre of the capital, Amman, to protest against the first import of Israeli gas to the country. Israel’s offshore Leviathan field started pumping gas this week.

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Relatives of victims in Dead Sea tragedy wait outside a morgue

Relatives of victims in ‘Dead Sea tragedy’ wait outside al-Bashir Hospital’s morgue in Amman. At least 21 people, most of them schoolchildren, were killed in flash floods in Jordan, according to the emergency services, in what a government newspaper dubbed a “Tragedy at the Dead Sea”.

High unemployment, low salaries, and rising prices, Jordanians

Jordanian street and market vendors in Amman react to high unemployment, low salaries, and rising prices prior to the resignation of the Jordanian prime minister. Demonstrations have rocked the capital Amman and several other cities after the government adopted a draft income tax law and announced new price hikes based on recommendations by the International Monetary Fund.

Jordan: demonstration against Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Protesters gathered in Amman on Friday to condemn Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. US President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would break with decades of American policy and move his embassy to Jerusalem has stirred international condemnation, as well as protests across the Palestinian territories and Arab world.

Jordanians demontrate to denounce Trump’s Jerusalem move

“Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine,” chanted crowds in Jordan, one of only two Arab states to have made peace with Israel, where an estimated 20,000 people poured into the streets of Amman to denounce US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

NGO helps Syria refugees make ‘vertical gardens’ to grow food

As Syrian refugees struggle to survive in Jordan, volunteers in Amman have created “vertical gardens” out of waste as an alternative food source. Crafting mini gardens from plastic bottles, volunteers are hopeful that their creative farming method could help ease food scarcity amongst refugees.

Wardrobe Change for Amman’s Street Cleaners: VICE News Capsule, March 11

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Yemenis urge the son of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to run for office, Indian police seize heroin smuggled into Punjab from Pakistan, Italian police arrest more than 40 suspected gangsters, and sanitation workers in Jordan’s capital get new gear.

Sanaa Residents March in Support of Former President’s Son
Protesters are calling for early elections and for Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh to run for office.

Heroin Trafficking Troubles the Northern State of Punjab
Police continue to confiscate shipments smuggled from Pakistan.

Authorities Arrest Dozens in Mafia Raids
Forty-two suspected members of the Casalesi crime syndicate face extortion and weapons charges.

Symbolic Change For Amman’s Sanitation Workers
​Pressure has mounted to toss their orange uniforms due to their striking resemblance to the jumpsuits worn by hostages in Islamic State execution videos.​

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