Alleged in-flight groper: Trump says it's 'ok' to grab women's private parts
DeSantis, Gillum debate Trump and more
Turkish President: Khashoggi Murdered in Premeditated, Political Act
Bible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake
UK's May pleads for support, says Brexit deal is nearly done
Jordan's Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigns over tax protests, state media says
05 June 2018, 11:58 | Darnell Patrick
Riot police was present outside the prime minister's office in Amman
When King Abdullah II accepted Hani Mulki's resignation on Monday it was a stunning turnaround for the former prime minister, who had introduced a series of austerity measures, including taxes, fuel price hikes and subsidy cuts since January with little public opposition.
King Abdullah accepted Hani Al-Mulki's resignation after almost a week of street protests against a draft tax law linked to an economic package from the International Monetary Fund.
Protesters had vowed not to "kneel" and earned support from trade unions as well as a majority of MPs opposed to the new tax.
Witnesses said demonstrators who converged near the Cabinet office said they would disband only if the government rescinded the tax bill it sent to parliament last month, which critics say would worsen living standards.
And since January, Jordan is seeing a repeating price increase affecting even the simple basic goods price such as bread.
These measures stem from the $723m three-year credit line that the government secured from the International Monetary Fund in 2016.
"Seeing Mulki go was a step in the right direction, but we have to get rid of the income tax law and overturn these taxes", said protester Abdullah Mohammed, a 29-year-old Amman taxi driver and father of two.
Jordan's economy has suffered a downturn in recent years and unemployment has risen, largely as a result of conflicts in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.
With the beginning of 2018, fuel prices have also risen for at least five times now with electricity bills have been shooting up to 55 percent since February.
Most Exciting New Features Coming to watchOS 5 Apple Watch
Apple executive Kevin Lynch took the stage on Monday to show off some of the new features coming to Apple Watch this year. Perhaps that means we'll see more third-party apps allowing you to listen to audio without a connection in the future.
Harvey Weinstein facing new rape allegation
Only after sharing the evidence with Spiro did she realize that he worked at Brafman's firm, which was representing Weinstein. As she explained the company's services, she alleges that Weinstein began to caress her legs.
According to official estimates, 18.5% of Jordan's population are unemployed, while 20% are on the brink of poverty. A sea of protesters has been gathering outside al-Mulki's office at night, after the breaking of the Ramadan fast at dusk.
Discontent could "snowball. triggering a domestic crisis", he said, adding that he expected protests to continue until demands are met.
Websites Hala Akhbar and Al-Rai reported that Hani Mulki informed Jordan's King Abdullah II of his decision on Monday.
Amman is the most expensive Arab city to live in, according to a recent report published by The Economist.
"It would not be fair that the citizen alone bears the burden of financial reforms", he told officials.
Jordan's economy has struggled to grow in the past few years in the face of chronic deficits, as private foreign investment and aid has declined.
Jordan's professional associations, which took the lead in public action by holding a general strike last week, said a second planned general strike on Wednesday would proceed as planned unless the income tax law was withdrawn.
Jordan's Senate speaker Faisal al-Fayez said looking at the current scenario there was indeed a need for "comprehensive national dialogue" on the proposed law.
The IMF loan, meant to support economic and financial reforms, has the long-term objective of reducing Jordan's public debt from about 94 per cent of GDP to 77 per cent by 2021.
Saudi Arabia issues first driving licences to women
Reuters reported in May that police arrested at least five people who protested the country's ban on women driving. Others were detained over the years during various efforts by women's rights activists to drive.
Trump Blames FBI for Not Warning Him About Paul Manafort
Manafort is the most senior member of Trump's campaign to be indicted , though the charges do not relate to campaign activities. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Monday accused Paul Manafort , a former Trump campaign manager, of witness tampering.
The Intel Core i7-8086K hits 5GHz without overclocking
News of both chips overshadowed Intel's announcement on its upcoming Amber Lake Y-series and Whiskey Lake U-series CPUs. Otherwise the processor is outfitted with six-cores and 12-threads, plus a base clockspeed of 4.0GHz.
Moscow invites N Korea's Kim to visit
Kim Jong Un's team reportedly indicated Kim Jong Un's entourage preferred to stay at an island resort near the coast. But on Friday, after meeting with North Korea's Kim Yong-chol, he announced the Sinapore-based talks were back on.