Jordan ends historic arrangement with Israel as West Bank annexation tensions riseIsraeli farmers will no longer be allowed to work their fields in an enclave of southern Jordan, ending a more than 25-year arrangement meant to shore up a historic peace agreement, Jordan’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday. The announcement reflects the poor relations between the two countries, which have been underscored by Jordan’s vocal opposition to Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Under their landmark 1994 peace deal, Jordan granted Israel a 25-year lease on two small areas along their border, Baqura and Ghamr.
- TechnologyReutersMost Americans cannot or will not use COVID-19 contact tracing apps: pollMore than half of all Americans either do not own smartphones or would not use apps backed by Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple Inc to trace who has been exposed to the new coronavirus, according to a poll by the Washington Post and University of Maryland released on Wednesday. The two tech companies have been working with public health experts and researchers to write apps that people can use to notify those they have come in contact with if they come down with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.