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Omanis revive memory of village swallowed by desert

- Encroaching sands have left little evidence that the Omani village of Wadi al-Murr ever existed, but former inhabitants and curious visitors are coming to rediscover the hamlet engulfed by the desert.

Pompeo heads home after pushing Israel deal on Mideast tour

Muscat - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed home Thursday after a Middle East tour aimed at encouraging Arab countries to follow the UAE's move and normalise relations with Israel.

Cousin of late Oman sultan sworn in as new ruler

Muscat - Haitham bin Tariq, Oman's culture minister and the 65-year-old cousin of late Sultan Qaboos, has been sworn in as the new royal ruler, the government said Saturday."Haitham bin Tariq was sworn in as the new sultan of the country...

Oman Sultan Qaboos has died: state media

Muscat - Sultan Qaboos, the longest-reigning leader of the modern Arab world, has died at the age of 79, the royal court said Saturday."With great sorrow and deep sadness...

Qaboos, the sultan who shielded Oman from region's turmoil

Muscat - Oman's Sultan Qaboos, who died on Friday aged 79, transformed the former Arabian Peninsula backwater into a modern state and sought-after mediator while shielding the sultanate from a region in turmoil.

Oman Sultan Qaboos has died: state media

Muscat - Sultan Qaboos, the longest-reigning leader of the modern Arab world, has died at the age of 79, the royal court said Saturday."With great sorrow and deep sadness...

Oman and Iran discuss safe navigation through Strait of Hormuz

Top officials from Oman and Iran are discussing ways to ensure safe transit through the Strait of Hormuz, an economically vital narrow stretch of water, according to Omani FM Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah.

Oman suspends Boeing 737 MAX flights to and from its airports

Muscat - Oman on Tuesday suspended takeoffs and landings by Boeing 737 MAX planes at its airports, said its aviation authority, making it the latest country to do so after a deadly crash in Ethiopia.

Op-Ed: Hothouse Earth: It’s looking worse than ever

Sydney - After decades of senile, incompetent idiocy and procrastination about warming, we’re now talking about Hothouse Earth. Heat waves are killing people in large numbers. The question is now what happens next.

Cyclone death toll in Oman, Yemen rises to 11: authorities

Salalah - The death toll from a cyclone that battered southern Oman and the Yemeni island of Socotra has reached 11, while eight sailors are still missing, authorities said.

Cyclone Mekunu subsides after lashing Oman, killing 2

Salalah - Cyclone Mekunu was downgraded further to a deep depression Saturday, a day after lashing the southern coast of Oman and killing at least two people, authorities said.

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.
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