Jordan, a blockbuster location for Hollywood
19 December 2019 | 10:20 am
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".
5 Apr 2021
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told FRANCE 24 on Sunday that the kingdom fully supported King Abdullah II of Jordan after the Jordanian authorities claimed they had foiled a "malicious plot" involving a former crown prince who had liaised with unspecified "foreign parties".
6 Apr 2021
Jordan's King Abdullah II will entrust a family member to mediate with his half brother Prince Hamzah, the royal court has announced. Hamzah is accused of aiding a plot to "destabilize the kingdom's security."
11 Apr 2021
Hamzah bin Hussein was the favored son of Jordan's late king. He was twice refused the throne by his brother Abdullah II, who took the crown. Now, Prince Hamzah will "place myself in the hands of His Majesty the King."
6 Apr 2021
The kingdom has barred all media from publishing content relating to an alleged plot involving ex-Crown Prince Hamzah. The order came after the prince pledged loyalty to his half-brother, King Abullah II.
2 May 2021
Sotheby's is holding its first ever sneakers auction, with lots including a pair of Nike Air Jordans worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan in his rookie season. They're estimated to sell for between 100,000 and 150,000 Swiss francs (109,500-164,000 US dollars).
14 Jun 2021
Sharif Hassan Zaid and Bassem Awadallah were arrested in early April over an alleged plot against King Abdullah. The pair will stand trial accused of agitating to destabilize the monarchy
20 Jul 2021
Jordan's King Abdullah II meets US President Joe Biden on Monday. An economic crisis, severe drought and an attempted coup make this meeting of allies more important than ever.
17 Oct 2021
Thirty-one-year-old Lina Fayyad jabs and sprawls with a male Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter as she prepares for her upcoming match in the UAE Warriors Arabia Championship. As the only professional female MMA fighter in Jordan, Fayyad is a member of an all-men's team, 'Gladiators', with whom she trains and competes in regional and international championships as she has no local counterparts. The young fighter, dubbed as the "fierce savage" has been engaging in combat sports since 2012 thanks to the support of her father - a former boxer - who encouraged her to pursue it.
28 Nov 2021
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, said it was time to reassess Western policy vis-à-vis Syria and that the approach followed in recent years had failed. “The only end to the crisis is a political solution,” he added. The Jordanian minister also hinted that his country was favourable to bringing Syria back into the Arab League.
7 Nov 2022
The 27-year-old is the first party chief who is not a member of the Le Pen family. He takes over from Marine Le Pen, who stepped down from the leadership ahead of her unsuccessful 2022 run for the presidency.
19 Dec 2022
A shootout left three officers dead as police were trying to arrest a suspect in the killing of a commander in the southern city of Maan. Unrest ripped through the region last week after a strike over fuel prices.
It was the first visit by a Jordanian official to Syria since civil war broke out in 2011. Syrian officials welcomed the visit and emphasized the importance of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
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