Israel to name Jordan envoy after settling spat

Security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighborhood of the Jordanian capital Amman following an ‘incident’ on July 23, 2017. A Jordanian was killed and an Israeli seriously wounded at the Jewish state’s embassy in Amman. (AFP)
Updated 19 January 2018
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Israel to name Jordan envoy after settling spat

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will soon decide on Israel’s new ambassador to Jordan a day after the two countries agreed to put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them.
Israel media reported Netanyahu as saying Israel had expressed remorse over a shooting at its Amman embassy last summer that killed two Jordanians.
Israel’s ambassador returned to Israel along with the guard involved in the shooting. The guard claimed self-defense and received a hero’s welcome at home, angering Jordanians.
The incident ruptured relations between the countries which signed a peace agreement in 1994 and cooperate on security and other issues.
Haaretz quoted Netanyahu saying Israel has “a strong interest in this relationship.”
The report adds he says Israel will compensate the Jordanian government but not the families of the deceased.


Former Dubai and Qatar teacher admits child sex offenses

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Former Dubai and Qatar teacher admits child sex offenses

  • American, William Brinson Ball, 39, pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit sex with a minor and possession of child pornography
  • On his arrest on Feb. 15, he was found to have items for the child, as well as condoms and lubricant

DUBAI: A former Dubai and Qatar teacher has admitted child sex offenses at a US court in Florida.
American, William Brinson Ball, 39, pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit sex with a minor and possession of child pornography at a hearing at the US District Court in Tampa on Thursday, May 17.
Ball, who taught music at the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai and previously at the Qatar Academy in Doha, paid $5,000 to fly to the US in February, where he planned to meet a seven-year-old.
On his arrest on Feb. 15, he was found to have items for the child, as well as condoms and lubricant, an earlier court hearing was told.
Ball, originally from Mississippi, had used the Internet and a mobile phone to lure his victim, prosecutors told the court at an earlier hearing.
When Arab News spoke to his Dubai employer in February, a spokesman for the school said the expat teacher had been recruited through a “reputable [recruitment] agency” and “stringent background checks” had been carried out.
Both schools also told Arab News at the time that there was no reason to believe Ball had committed similar offenses while in their employment in the Gulf.
Ball will return to court on Aug. 3, 2018 for sentencing.