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  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project
    January, 2014
    The project has been stalled since the summer of 2011, after concerns over feasibility and funding. The Cabinet subsequently suspended the project and all related tenders.
  • Jordan “More Corrupt” Than Last Year
    January, 2014
    A recent report by corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has placed Jordan at a ranking of 66 out of the 177 countries it surveyed, compared to 58th place last year.
  • Oman Forecasts $110 Billion Investments In A Decade
    January, 2014
    According to Oman’s oil ministry, the country expects up to $110 billion to be injected into its economy over the next decade, with 53 projects already identified to the tune of $64 billion in the hydrocarbon sector.
  • 16 HIV/AIDS cases were reported in Jordan
    December, 2013
    The Ministry of Health has said that 16 HIV/AIDS cases were reported in Jordan over the course of 2013, adding that 23 cases were diagnosed among foreigners this year.
  • Aramex Posts 13% Profit Increase
    December, 2013
    Aramex has posted a net profit increase of 13% in its recently released financial results for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Saudi Arabia Clamps Down Harder
    December, 2013
    As part of its clampdown on illegal workers in the Kingdom, the Saudi Arabian government has announced that it had deported more than 60,000 illegal foreign workers in just over two weeks in November.
  • Jordan’s public debt increased by 6.3%
    November, 2013
    Excluding foreign grants, the country’s budget deficit stands at JD842.6 million, compared with JD658.4 million in the same period last year.
  • 95% Of Rapists Go Unpunished
    November, 2013
    Judicial officials and experts have pointed out that 95% of rapists have managed to avoid punishment by marrying their victims due to the provision under Article 308 of the Penal Code.
  • Turkey Lifts Ban On Headscarf
    November, 2013
    Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the government would lift a ban on women wearing headscarves in public offices.
  • 42,715 students accepted into Jordan’s 10 public universities
    October, 2013
    The numbers are up from the 39,965 accepted in 2012, which officials say is due to better tawjihi results.
  • BRT: The Saga Continues
    October, 2013
    In yet another chapter in the life of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the technical committee at the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has recommended that the project be allowed to continue.
  • Syria Meets Chemical Weapons Deadline
    October, 2013
    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that it has received “the expected” account of Syria’s chemical arms program as part of the deal brokered by Russia and the US.
  • 58% Of Drug Users Share Needles
    September, 2013
    The survey, which included 276 users in Amman, Zarqa, Irbid and Jerash, showed that 21.7% lacked information about sexually-transmitted diseases and blood-borne viruses.
  • MSF Confirms Chemical Poisoning Symptoms
    September, 2013
    Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says hospitals it supports in Syria have treated over 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms”, of whom 355 have died.