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Any gas attack in Syria would be 'very unwise': Mattis

Muscat - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday it would be "very unwise" for the Syrian regime to use gas as a weapon against the people of Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere.

New Russian hardware does not change US strategy: Mattis

Muscat - Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent boasts of a new generation of high-tech weaponry have not changed America's strategic calculus, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday.

Saudi Arabia calls for oil producers to extend cooperation

Muscat - Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Sunday for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC producers beyond 2018, after a deal to cut output succeeded in shoring up prices.

In Oman, an ancient mediation method gets a makeover

Ghala - Omani Mahmoud bin Yousef Temtemi found himself in a pastoral predicament this autumn -- his neighbour's flock of sheep had overrun his farm and gobbled up his crops, threatening his income.

Iran's Zarif to visit Qatar amid Gulf crisis

Muscat - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Qatar on Monday, officials said, for talks on relations between Tehran and Doha that have caused tensions in the Gulf.

Oman flies freed Australian out of Yemen

Muscat - An Australian kidnapped in Yemen was evacuated from the war-torn country by the Omani government on Wednesday after negotiations through tribal mediators led to his release.

UN Yemen envoy in new bid for peace

Muscat - The UN envoy for Yemen has announced a new bid for peace talks between the government and rebels, after the latest ceasefire failed to end the 20-month conflict.

'Whale vomit' find makes trio of Omani fishermen millionaires

Three Omani fishermen were lucky enough to make the find of a lifetime a few days ago when they came across something far more valuable than their catch. The trio found 176 pounds of sperm whale vomit, or ambergris.

Oman's Sultan Qaboos 'in good health' — minister

Muscat - Sultan Qaboos of Oman is in "good health", the country's foreign minister said Thursday, as rumours circulated that the 75-year-old monarch had been hospitalised.

UN envoy eyes 72-hour truce for Yemen

Muscat - A 72-hour truce for conflict-riddled Yemen is expected to be announced soon, the UN envoy to the Arabian Peninsula country said Friday after talks with rebel representatives.

Red Cross staffer freed in Yemen was 'held for ransom'

Muscat - A Red Cross staffer freed after almost a year in captivity in Yemen was held for ransom not for political reasons, diplomatic sources in neighbouring Oman said on Tuesday.

Terence Crawford aims to be worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao

Terence Crawford is working hard to become a worthy successor to retirement-bound and fellow Top Rank stablemate Manny Pacquiao as he prepares for his first pay-per-view fight against Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From pariahs to pets: Dogs find a home in Oman

Muscat - Long seen as unwanted fleabags wandering the streets in search of food, dogs in Oman have become pampered pets thanks to changing attitudes among Muslims towards canine companions.

10 Yemeni ex-Guantanamo inmates arrive in Oman: Ministry

Muscat - Ten former inmates at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay arrived in Oman Thursday for a "temporary stay" as Washington vies to close the notorious prison, Muscat's foreign ministry said.

Yemen rebels free US, Saudi, British detainees

Muscat - Two Americans, three Saudis and a Briton were in Oman on Monday after being released from months of detention by Yemeni rebels as they joined new talks with the UN peace envoy.

Middle East refinery expansion plans experiencing complications

Cairo - Expansion to oil refining capacities hit an unforeseen snag, halting an already expensive importing chain responsible for gasoline production. Partially responsible for these snags is an increase in domestic energy needs amidst excruciating heat.

Op-Ed: US offiicals discuss peace talks with Houthi rebels

Muscat - Anne Patterson, the Obama administration's top diplomat for the Near East, met last week in Oman with representatives of the Houthi rebels according to Marie Harf a State Department spokesperson.

American freed in Yemen as Oman hosts 'secret' US talks

Muscat - An American among several believed held by Huthis in Yemen was freed and receiving treatment Tuesday in neighbouring Oman, which has been hosting talks between Washington and the Iran-backed Shiite rebels.

Solar plane lands in Oman after 1st leg of round-the-world bid

Muscat - The Solar Impulse 2 landed Monday in Oman, completing the initial leg of its bid to become the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world, an AFP photographer said.

Iran, world powers fight to save nuclear deal

Muscat - Iran and world powers sought Tuesday to avoid a nuclear deal falling apart on November 24, with a top Russian official expressing optimism and urging key countries to "build bridges".
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