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EU strengthens its Syria crisis response through additional funding to UNICEF.

European Commission - Press release New York, 19 September 2017 With an additional €90 millionsupport from the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the EU is enabling UNICEF to provide critical services and support to Syrian refugee and host community children and young people in Jordan,...

- EU - EU

Jordan Tourism Says Jesus Baptism Site Is as Important as Petra.

Jordan tourism is trying to promote itself as a stable, safe destination while there's so much unrest swirling around it in places like Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Highlighting attractions that don't get as much publicity as they should is the tourism board's formula here. -Dennis Schaal

- Skift - US

Jordan's King Abdullah Meets Representatives of Jewish Organizations in New York.

His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday met with representatives of American Jewish organisations in New York, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania. During the meeting His Majesty and the representatives outlined efforts to revive the peace process, as well as developments in the region, a Royal Court statement said. © ...

- Albawaba - UK

Jordan's King Rescues 96 Jordanians from Irma-Struck Island.

Upon directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II, a Jordanian plane, early Monday, headed for Saint Martin Island to airlift 96 Jordanians from the Caribbean island, which was hit by the devastating Irma Hurricane.The Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs said it is in continuous contact with the Jordanian citizens in ...

- Albawaba - UK

How Blockchain Could Transform The Way International Aid Is Distributed.

A new digital-payment platform from the United Nations’ World Food Programme is bringing efficiency and stability to refugee camps. The future of world food aid arrived, in early May, unnoticed by its first recipients: the grocery shoppers inside a supermarket at the Azraq camp in Jordan, home to 36,000 Syrian ...

- Fast Company - US

Ahead of UN meeting, Abbas prepares united Arab position.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is conducting consultations with Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in order to present US President Donald Trump with a united Arab position for the two-state solution.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Iraqi Forces Drive Out Islamic State From Town Near Syria.

Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants from an area in the western desert near the borders with Syria and Jordan on Saturday, making further inroads into the group's last remaining territory in the country.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Iraq Launches Anti-ISIS Offensive Near Syria Border.

Iraq has launched a new offensive towards the Syria border, where some of the country's last remaining Islamic State group fighters are making a last stand. Pro-Baghdad forces have advanced towards the IS-held town of al-Akashat, which lies close to the Syria border. Troops are then expected to make a final sweep along the ...

- Albawaba - UK

Trump Advisers Secretly Met With Jordan’s King While One Was Pushing A Huge Nuclear Power Deal.

Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and Steve Bannon met with King Abdullah II while Flynn was reportedly pressing for a controversial, for-profit deal to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East. View Entire Post ›

- BuzzFeed - US

Flynn, Bannon, Kushner secretly met with Jordan's king days before inauguration.

Just before President Trump took office, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump chief strategist Stephen Bannon, and Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner had a "secret meeting" with Jordan's King Abdullah II, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. The Jan. 5 meeting — details of which were not disclosed by the ...

- The Week - US

REVEALED: Flynn and Kushner held secret meeting with the king of Jordan to push for massive business deal.

A new report reveals that ousted Trump adviser Mike Flynn held a secret meeting with King of Abdullah II of Jordan while reportedly pushing to build nuclear reactors in that country and others in the Middle East. According to BuzzFeed News, Flynn was joined by his fellow fired coworker, former natio...

- The Raw Story - US

NY service day aims to apply Rosh Hashanah spirit to volunteering

This story is sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York. NEW YORK – When Jordana Levine, a teenager from Manhattan's Upper West Side, decided to spend last Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering at a community center in central Harlem during a Jewish-organized service day, she was drawn by the idea of helping others. But ...

- JTA - US

HRW: School Donations for Syrian Refugees Missing

Efforts to meet the educational needs of Syrian child refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are being strained, with millions of dollars in schooling-related aid unaccounted for, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. Copyright © 2017, The Daily Star. All rights reserved.

- Albawaba - UK

EIB, private investments key for development Med countries

600 mn for firms in Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia


WATCH: Checking in on Baby Jordan's killer, 10 years on

Among the inmates taking part in the 8th Regional Funda Mzantsi Regional Championships was none other than convicted baby killer, Dina Rodrigues.

- Cape Times - SA

'Millions of dollars missing' in school aid for Syrians

Funding gaps prevented 500,000 Syrian children in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey from attending school in 2016, HRW says.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Feature: New Report Examines Why Jordanians Fight in Syria and What Happens When They Return Home

A new report examines journey of five Jordanian fighters returning from Syria The report argues there is "no single extremist typology" Many fighters paid to be smuggled into Syria. Mothers were mentioned as a reason for returning to Jordan The media as well as local Sheikhs played a role in influencing the fighters © 2000 ...

- Albawaba - UK

HRW: Lack of transparency in Syrian refugee education donor funding

Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Human Rights Watch tracked education pledges made at a conference in London last year, following the money trail from the largest donors to Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. Murky Money Trail, Missed Targets, Missing Data Show More Services – ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Priyanka Chopra meets Queen Rania as she bids goodbye to Jordan

'Qunatico' star lauded Queen's efforts for Syrian refugees and her hospitality The post Priyanka Chopra meets Queen Rania as she bids goodbye to Jordan appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Jordan king links Syria border opening to better security

Jordan's King Abdullah II says he is "deeply concerned" with the situation in southern Syria and that his country's border with Syria would only reopen "when the right security conditions materialize on the ground.

- The Daily Star - LB

Rights group says millions in Syria school aid goes missing

Governments and aid agencies have been unable to account for millions of dollars in school aid for Syrian refugees, frustrating efforts to meet schooling needs for children in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

- FOX News - US

Jordan king links Syria border opening to better security

Jordan's King Abdullah II says he is "deeply concerned" with the situation in southern Syria and that his country's border with Syria would only reopen "when the right security conditions materialize on the ground."

- Stars and Stripes - US

Syrian Refugee Children's Uncertain School Aid

Expand Syrian children and schools in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.  © 2017 Human Rights Watch – Millions of dollars in aid money pledged to get Syrian refugee children in school last year did not reach them, arrived late, or could not be traced due to poor reporting practices, Human Rights Watch said today. The 55-page ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Jordan opens crossing with Iraq, makes nice with Syria

Jordan hopes that the reopening of its border crossing with Iraq is a step toward economic recovery, a goal also leading it to maintain a more moderate approach toward the Syrian government.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Priyanka sends love to Katrina, SRK from kids in Jordan

Priyanka Chopra was amazed by the popularity of Hindi cinema in Jordan as the actor spent some quality time with the children on her maiden visit to a Syrian refugee camp there.The "Quantico" star shared a video of a teenager named Wafaa on Instagram, where the girl talked about her love for Katrina Kaif.Priyanka dedicated ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

FIFA, UEFA trying to ease Syrian refugees' trauma with football

FIFA and UEFA install a full-sized football pitch in a refugee camp in Jordan, in the hope that sport can "try to eradicate some trauma" of Syria's civil war.

- ABC News - AU

Jordan Klepper Collects “Impeach Hillary” Petition Signatures At Trump Phoenix Rally For 'The Opposition' Launch

Shortly before Donald Trump promised to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio at his recent rally for fans in Phoenix, Comedy Central's The Opposition star Jordan Klepper was outside collecting signatures on his petition to impeach Hillary Clinton. “Don't trust anybody who's talking to a camera,” Klepper says to a ...

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Syrian refugee camp in Jordan gets full-size football pitch

FIFA and UEFA install a full-sized football pitch in a refugee camp in Jordan, in the hope that sport can "try to eradicate some trauma" of Syria's civil war.

- ABC News - AU

Priyanka makes new friends

After Priyanka Chopra visited Amman, Jordan, in the capacity of a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, she met Syrian refugees in the country.

- Rediff - IN

Thousands of stranded Syrians flee border camp near Jordan

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Children, youth on the move across Mediterranean at risk of exploitation

Source: International Organization for Migration, UN Children's Fund Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chad, China, CĂ´te d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Guinea, Iran , Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Thousands of stranded Syrians flee border camp near Jordan

Syrian opposition activists and witnesses say several thousand Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan have fled one makeshift camp for another, running from shelling and nearby fighting between Syrian … Click to Continue »

- Miami Herald - US

Making Fair Recruitment a Reality!

This video chronicles the ILO's effort to establish a corridor to recruit fairly workers from Nepal to Jordan to work in the ready-made garment sector. It highlights the power of the various actors in a supply chain to make positive change when they work together to achieve a common objective that benefits each of them.


Lavrov reports Saudi, Jordanian support for Syrian de-escalation zones

September 11, 2017, 8:35 PM Jordanian foreign minister Ayman Safadi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov affirmed their support for the July 7 US-Russian agreement for safe - de-escalation - zones in Deraa, Quneitra and western Swaida, when they met in Amman Monday. The two foreign ministers said the ceasefire deal in ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Russia, Jordan try to end Syria border fighting

Jordan said Monday it was working with Russia to roll out a plan to end fighting in southwestern Syria in the fastest possible time – part of a peace pact for the border area brokered by Amman, Moscow and Washington.

- The Daily Star - LB

Russia, Jordan agree to speed de-escalation zone in south Syria

AMMAN - Jordan said on Monday it was working with Russia to roll out a plan to end fighting in southwestern Syria "in the fastest possible time" - part of a peace pact for the border area brokered by Amman, Moscow and Washington.

- Reuters - US

Priyanka Chopra urges more Syria refugee help

Hollywood and Bollywood actress was in Jordan as part of her job as the Unicef goodwill ambassador

- GulfNews - AE

Syrian/Hizballah forces seize Jordan’s border, rebels on Israeli border about to quit

September 11, 2017, 9:40 AM DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Syrian army’s 5th Corps units and Hizballah elite brigades Sunday began taking over the Jordanian frontier, including sections close to the Syrian border with Israel. Neither the Jordanian army nor the IDF intervened. Seeing the rebel ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

One in five children across Middle East and North Africa needs humanitarian aid - UNICEF

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Djibouti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen According to the latest data, 28.2 million children are in need of immediate assistance in the region, over 90 percent of these children live in conflict-affected countries. One in five ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Syrian rebels pushed to retreat from southeast

Two Western-backed Syrian rebel groups fighting the Syrian army and Iranian-backed fighters in southeast Syria have been asked by their Western and Arab backers to pull out of the area and retreat into Jordan, rebels and diplomatic sources said Sunday.

- The Daily Star - LB

US set to quit Al Tanf. Pro-Iranian force moves in

September 8, 2017, 8:29 AM While Israeli jets were bombing a Syrian chemical facility early Thursday, Sept 7, control of the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border was quietly changing hands. With the Americans poised to quit Al-Tanf, Tehran’s dream of a land corridor through Iraq to the Mediterranean is unfolding at speed.

- DEBKAFile - IL

Civilians continue to suffer from human rights violations and abuse, despite de-escalation in Syria

Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Iraq, Jordan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey In new report, UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria charts trends and patterns of international human rights and humanitarian law violations between March and July 2017. UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: Despite tenuous progress on ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Jordan: ICRC response to needs from April to July 2017

Article | The regional focus in the reporting period remained on the response to the cholera crisis in Yemen. It was channeled through the Amman-based regional Logistics Support Centre .