• Syrians fear Daesh resurgence as Kurdish-led forces sweep Raqqa

    RAQQA, Syria — From his rooftop in the Syrian city of Raqqa, Youssef Nasser watches nervously as hundreds of heavily armed Kurdish-led fighters sweep the streets of what was once the de facto capital of the Daesh terror group. The fighters are on guard against another guerrilla-style ambush after six of their comrades were killed in a Daesh attack in December on a local security complex that aimed to free hundreds of fellow extremist from a prison there. As the fighters go house to house, their...

  • Parental awareness, stiff laws vital in combating cybercrime, say experts

    AMMAN — Parental awareness along with strict government policies hold key to preventing children from falling prey to cyber crimes, say experts. The Cybercrime Unit of the Public Security Directorate on Tuesday said that cybercrimes have increased six-fold since 2015, attributing the surge to the widespread use of technology, smartphone applications and social media. Hussam Khattab, a cybersecurity expert, highlighted the need for a comprehensive awareness, inclusive of all age groups. “Parents...

  • Petra broke new tourism record in January 2022 — PDTRA

    AMMAN — The number of visitors to Petra in January hit a new record, at an increase of 147 per cent compared with figures reported in the same month of 2019. The highest number of visitors to Petra ever-recorded occurred in 2019, when 1.135 million individuals visited the city, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) announced on Wednesday. PDTRA’s statistics showed that the rose-red city in January welcomed 82,937tourists of all nationalities, comprising 72,294 foreigners,...

  • Authorities take precautionary measures amid foot-and-mouth disease concerns

    AMMAN — Authorities are vigilantly attempting to avert the possible spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) among cattle in Jordan. The Ministry of Agriculture recently announced that infection rates are normal when compared with global rates, and the overall situation is not yet classified as an FMD outbreak. According to the ministry, 1,478 out of 92,000 head of cattle are infected with FMD in the Kingdom. Regarding the reported deaths of cattle, the ministry confirmed that FMD does not cause...

  • Adani shares nosedive as Indian tycoon drops down rich list

    MUMBAI — Shares in Gautam Adani's empire nosedived again on Wednesday as the Indian tycoon dropped off the Forbes top 10 rich list following allegations of massive accounting fraud. The five-day rout has now wiped out around $92 billion of the value of the conglomerate's listed units, Bloomberg News said, while Adani's fortune has collapsed by more than $40 billion. The share price of flagship firm Adani Enterprises suddenly dropped further on Wednesday afternoon, closing 28.45 per cent lower on...

  • The Mumbai atelier that is the secret workshop of top French fashion

    MUMBAI/PARIS — Sitting in a lotus position, four men weave glittering beads through gold thread on an organza sheet, carefully constructing a wedding dress that will soon wow crowds at Paris Fashion Week. For once, the French couturier behind the design, Julien Fournie, is determined to put these craftsmen in the spotlight: his new collection, which showed in Paris on Tuesday, is entirely made with fabrics from Mumbai. He says a sort of “design imperialism” means that French fashion houses...

  • Newcastle end 47-year wait to reach League Cup final

    NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom — Eddie Howe hailed Newcastle as “a club on the up” after they reached the League Cup final for the first time in 47 years with a 2-1 win against Southampton in Tuesday’s semifinal second leg at jubilant St James’ Park. Sean Longstaff’s first-half double ensured Howe’s side finished the job after winning 1-0 in the first leg last week. Che Adams reduced the deficit before the interval and Magpies midfielder Bruno Guimaraes was sent off in the closing stages. But...

  • Blinken voices sorrow for 'innocent' Palestinians killed

    RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his sorrow on Tuesday for "innocent" Palestinians killed in a spike of violence in the occupied West Bank, after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Washington's top diplomat met Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on the final stop on a Middle East tour aimed at curbing the bloodshed, following meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and cabinet minister. Both sides are reeling from a...

  • Pakistan mosque blast that killed 100 was 'revenge against police'

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide blast at a mosque inside a Pakistan police headquarters was a targeted revenge attack, a police chief said on Tuesday, as rescue efforts ended with the death toll standing at 100. Between 300 and 400 policemen had gathered for afternoon prayers at the compound's mosque on Monday in the provincial capital Peshawar when an entire wall and most of the roof were blown out, showering rubble on officers. "We are on the frontline taking action against militants and that...

  • Gov’t maintains kerosene price, bumps gasoline costs for February

    AMMAN — The government fuel pricing committee on Tuesday decided to maintain the price of kerosene at JD0.620 per litre for the duration of the month of February, in line with Royal directives. Many Jordanian households use kerosene during the winter for heating purposes. The committee also decided that the price of diesel will remain unchanged in February, and will continue to be sold for JD0. 820 per litre. The price of gas cylinders, used for cooking and heating purposes, will remain at JD7...

  • Jordan sees decline on Corruption Perceptions Index

    AMMAN — The Kingdom’s score dropped two points, reaching a score of 47 out of a possible 100 on the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Released by Transparency International (TI), CPI ranks 180 countries and territories worldwide by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Countries are scored between 0 (highly corrupt) and 100 (very clean). “More than two-thirds of countries scored below 50, while 26 countries have fallen to their lowest scores yet,” according to the index,...

  • IEC establishes new ‘specialised unit for political parties’ — Maaytah

    AMMAN — Chairman of the board of commissioners of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Musa Maaytah on Tuesday said that 15 political parties are expected to rectify their legal status by the end of February in preparation for the upcoming elections. “Five political parties have so far have had requests to rectify their status approved and we expect by the end of February to have a total of 15 registered parties,” Maaytah told The Jordan Times. In May 2022, the IEC ordered the 56 registered...