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China will import American rice for the first time

Beijing, July 22   —  China will import American rice for the first time after a new trade deal was agreed to between the two sides. “The agreement with China has been in the works for more than a decade and I’m pleased to see it finally come to fruition, especially knowing how greatly it will benefit our growers and industry,” ...

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Trump orders review to strengthen US defense industry

Washington, July 22  —  U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday, initiating a government-wide review of the U.S. defense industry and suggest changes to strengthen it. The review is intended to identify and address potential weak points in the defense manufacturing base, including companies that could go out of business and leave gaps in the supply chain ...

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Ballot papers are in place for upcoming municipal polls

Amman, July 22  — Independent Election Commission (IEC) President Khaled Kalaldeh said Saturday, that ballot papers are ready for the municipal and governorate council elections due to be held in mid-August. He told heads and members of committees working in the field in the Kingdom’s constituencies and IEC board members, that the electoral committees had received the ballot and vote-counting ...

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Palestinian worshippers pray outside Al Aqsa Mosque

Ramallah, July 22  — Hundreds of Palestinian worshippers performed midday prayers Saturday at the Lions Gate outside the Al Aqsa Mosque/Haram Al Sharif as Palestinians continued to reject metal detector gates installed by the Israeli occupation authorities to restrict access into the compound, Islam’s third holiest shrine. Palestinian sources said additional Israeli troops and police deployed at the Lions Gate ...

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Jordanian, UAE Foreign Ministers urge end to Al-Aqsa tensions

Amman, July 22 — Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Ayman Safadi, discussed with his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, efforts to end tensions and restore calm in Al-Aqsa Mosque/Haram Al-Sharif. In a telephone conversation last night, the two ministers underscored the importance of immediately and fully re-opening the mosque before worshippers. Israel, they added, must respect ...

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Third Palestinian killed in Jerusalem clashes

Ramallah, July 22 — A Palestinian, 18, was killed on Friday, bringing to three the number of those killed in Friday clashes in Jerusalem with the Israeli occupation forces, the Ministry of Health announced.

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450 wounded in yesterday’s clashes in Westbank, Jerusalem

Ramallah, July 22 — About 450 Palestinians were wounded in yesterday’s clashes with the Israeli occupation forces in Occupied Jerusalem and other West Bank cities, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said. In a statement, the society said, 23 were shot and wounded with live bullets, 147 shot with rubber-coated bullets and 215 suffered suffocation. Meanwhile, 65 suffered fractions after being ...

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Hot weather conditions forecast

Amman Newspaper, July 22 — A slight rise in temperatures is expected, on Saturday, pushing them 4 to 5 degrees above their annual average for this time of year, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily brief. Winds will be northwesterly moderate picking up at times, stirring dust in the Badia regions, the JMD added. The Gulf of ...

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Palestinian Government praises Jordan’s role in defending Al Aqsa

Ramallah, July 20  —  The Palestinian Government praised Jordan’s efforts, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, in defending Jerusalem in general, and Al Aqsa Mosque/ Haram Al Sharif in particular. In a statement on Thursday, official spokesman of the Palestinian government Yousef Al Mahmoud held Israel fully responsible for the rise in escalation and violations against Al ...

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Jerash Festival kicks off

Jerash, July 20  — The 32nd Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts kicked off on Thursday at the ancient Roman city, 48 km to the north of Amman. Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah II, Prime Minister Hani Mulki opened the several-day extravaganza. Several leading Jordanian and Arab artists are participating in the festival, including celebrity singers like Wael Kfouri, ...

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