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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Today in History for February 8th

Highlights of this day in history: Funeral of Jordan’s King Hussein; Premiere of ‘The Birth of a Nation’; a South Carolina civil rights protest turns deadly; the Boy Scouts of America is incorporated; actor James Dean born. (Feb. 8)

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Today in History for February 7th

Highlights of this day in history: the Beatles arrive in America; Ramzi Yousef arrested for the 1993 blast at New York’s World Trade Center; Jordan’s King Hussein dies; author Charles Dickens and country singer Garth Brooks born. (Feb. 7)

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Jordan hopes ‘Just Mercy’ exposes criminal justice system

Speaking at a screening for his latest movie “Just Mercy,” actor Michael B. Jordan says he hopes the film exposes “how bad things are” in the criminal justice system. (Jan. 16)

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French President Macron hosts Jordan’s King Abdulllah II | AFP

French President Macron hosts Jordan’s King Abdulllah II for a meeting followed by a dinner. The Jordan monarch arrived in Paris after having met his partners in Brussels and Strasbourg in order to seek the best way “to lower the tensions” between Tehran and Washington in the Middle East. IMAGES

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Rescued sheep await adoption in Romania after surviving capsize | AFP

180 rams, saved by an NGO following the capsize of a ship, are cared for in an animal shelter near Bucharest while awaiting adoption. The cargo ship Queen Hind capsized last Sunday as it left the southeastern port of Midia with 14,600 sheep bound for Saudi Arabia. Romania is the third biggest producer of sheep in the European Union and has exported millions in the past two years, in particular to Jordan and Libya.

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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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Jordan, a blockbuster location for Hollywood | AFP

The lunar landscape of Jordan’s Wadi Rum valley gets a starring role this week when the next and final episode of the Star Wars saga opens to global audiences. The spectacular desert, with its shimmering red sands, majestic dunes and stunning rock formations was also where Peter O’Toole was filmed riding his horse in the 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia”.

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Petra celebrates one million visitors in 2019 | AFP

The ancient city of Petra marks one million tourists to visit Jordan’s archaeological site this year, one of the Seven Wonder’s of the world. The kingdom, which shares borders with conflict-torn Syria and Iraq, has been working hard to revive its tourism industry and to bring the annual arrivals of holiday-makers to seven million by 2020.

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Petra celebrates one million visitors to the archaeological site | AFP

The ancient city of Petra marks one million tourists to visit Jordan’s archaeological site, one of the Seven Wonder’s of the world. The kingdom, which shares borders with conflict-torn Syria and Iraq, has been working hard to revive its tourism industry and to bring the annual arrivals of holiday-makers to seven million by 2020.

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Jordan retakes lands leased to Israel as enclave deal expires | AFP

The Jordanian flag is hoisted on land leased for 25 years by Jordan to Israel under the 1994 peace agreement that granted access Israeli farmers to the territories of Ghumar in the north and Baqura in the south after Jordan’s King declared “full sovereignty” over them.

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Trump: Some US troops to remain in Syria

Donald Trump says he still wants to get all US troops out of Syria, but Israel and Jordan have asked to leave some there. Trump says that the US would “work something out” with the Kurds in Syria to ensure they have access to income from oil. (Oct. 21)

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King of Jordan visits Downing Street | AFP

King Abdullah II of Jordan is welcomed to 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. IMAGES

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Cinema Zaatari returns joy to Syrian refugee children in Jordan | AFP

Syrian refugee children sit patiently with smiles on their faces as they wait for the start of an animated film to be projected on the big screen of a new small cinema opened by a French organisation in Jordan’s Zaatari camp.

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Today in History for June 15th

Highlights of this day in history: England’s King John signs the Magna Carta; A deadly steamboat fire in New York City; Jordan’s King Hussein weds American Lisa Halaby; Arlington National Cemetery created; Singer Ella Fitzgerald dies. (June 15)

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Lions, other animals, to be saved from failing Gaza zoo

Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, animal welfare group Four Paws says. The animals are to be taken out of a zoo in the Palestinian enclave and relocated to sanctuaries in Jordan.

France’s Macron meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron welcome King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania to the Elysee palace. The two leaders are expected to discuss the situation in Syria, and in Israel and the Palestinian territories. IMAGES

Today in History for February 8th

Highlights of this day in history: Funeral of Jordan’s King Hussein; Premiere of ‘The Birth of a Nation’; a South Carolina civil rights protest turns deadly; the Boy Scouts of America is incorporated; actor James Dean born. (Feb. 8)

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Today in History for February 7th

Highlights of this day in history: the Beatles arrive in America; Ramzi Yousef arrested for the 1993 blast at New York’s World Trade Center; Jordan’s King Hussein dies; author Charles Dickens and country singer Garth Brooks born. (Feb. 7)

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