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Jordan has over 1m illegal guest workers — Katamine
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Iraq to double heavy fuel exports to Jordan, expedite construction of oil pipeline to Aqaba

His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday stressed his full support for the Iraqi people in their efforts to establish peace and stability in their country.
‘Auto insurance prices to be floated in March’
The Jordan Insurance Federation (JIF) and the Insurance Commission have agreed to postpone floating the prices of compulsory third-party liability (TPL) auto insurance until March, JIF President Othman Budair said on Monday. 
Islamic scholars issue fatwa against vote buying
Leading Islamic scholars on Monday described those who buy or sell votes in the upcoming parliamentary elections as “traitors to the nation” and said such practices were prohibited in Islamic Sharia.
Educators turn to volunteer work to teach students compassion
In an effort to teach the virtues of empathy and community service, teachers at a private school in Amman have formed a committee to organise volunteer activities for their students.
Demand for local cigarettes up after price cut — retailers
Demand for Jordanian-made cigarettes has risen sharply over the past few days after local manufacturers lowered the prices of their products, retailers said on Monday.
Bollad wins parliament seat by default a month ahead of elections
Mirza Bollad has become the first member of the 17th Lower House of Parliament one month ahead of the January 23 parliamentary elections.
Activists seek to redefine women’s leadership on their own terms
Redefining the “traditional understanding” of leadership is crucial to strengthening women’s political participation, activists said on Monday.  Full story
Teenage suspect remains at large after escaping juvenile facility
Ministry of Social Development officials on Monday said they were still searching for a minor who fled from a juvenile correctional centre earlier this month while being tried for murder at a juvenile court. Full story
Hotels forced to close after Libya fails to pay debts — association
Some Jordanian hotels have been forced to close down or sell properties due to Libya’s delay in paying outstanding dues of Libyan guests who came to the Kingdom for medical care, according to the Jordan Hotel Association (JHA). Full story
Study finds press freedom violations increased in 2012
The number of press freedom violations in Jordan increased from 87 in 2011 to 96 in 2012, with government interference accounting for the rise, according to a new study by a press freedom advocacy centre. Full story
New testing devices to help enforce ban on ozone-depleting gases
The Ministry of Environment on Monday said it was training trainers at relevant institutions to use newly acquired devices that identify ozone-depleting gases used in the manufacturing of refrigerators and air conditioners. Full story
Over 1,500 parliament hopefuls submit candidacy applications
By the end of the three-day candidacy period on Monday, 1,518 candidates had submitted applications to the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) to run for the January 23 parliamentary polls. Full story
Jordan has over 1m illegal guest workers — Katamine
The labour ministry estimates that there are over one million illegal guest workers in Jordan, Minister of Labour Nidal Katamine said on Monday. Full story
Abul Samin, Fayez briefed on needs of Hallabat residents
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Water and Irrigation Mahir Abul Samin and Minister of Tourism and Minister of Environment Nayef Al Fayez on Monday visited the Hallabat area and were briefed on the demands and needs of its residents. Full story
Security measures in place ahead of holiday celebrations
The Public Security Department (PSD) on Monday said it would take intensive security measures during celebrations of Christmas and the new year. Full story
Zu’bi testifies before prosecutor over lawsuit filed by former PM
Amman Prosecutor General Azam Nijdawi on Monday listened to the testimony of journalist Ahmad Hassan Zu’bi in a lawsuit filed against him by former prime minister Ali Abul Ragheb. Full story
Six injured in collision; fire destroys 50 trees
Six people were injured on Monday when four vehicles collided in Balqa Governorate, according to the Civil Defence Department (CDD). Full story
Jordan condemns assault on Al Aqsa Mosque
 Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Monday condemned assaults on Al Aqsa Mosque by Jewish extremists. Full story
217 violations registered on first day of Tawjihi
Minister of Education Wajih Owais on Monday said the first General Secondary Certificate Examination (Tawjihi) winter session exam on Sunday witnessed 217 violations. Full story
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