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Britain's Johnson to visit Iran, seek prisoner's release

London - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to visit Iran this weekend, where he will press for the release of a British-Iranian woman held in a Tehran prison, his office said Friday.

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.

Indian priest thankful, even to abductors, after release from Yemen

Rome - An Indian priest kidnapped last year during a deadly attack by Islamist militants in Yemen thanked on Saturday all those involved in his release, and even had a kind word for his abductors for not harming him.

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.

Women in Oman make gains in municipal elections

Muscat - On December 25th last year, Omani citizens voted in municipal elections of wilayats (governorates) for the second time ever. More of both sexes voted with 333,733 men and 289,491 women. This is 100,000 more than last election.

Oman joins Saudi 'anti-terror' coalition

Riyadh - Oman, which generally stays neutral in the face of regional disputes, has joined a Saudi-led military coalition aimed at "fighting terrorism," official media in Riyadh said Thursday.

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.

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.

Op-Ed: UN Libyan envoy meets with speaker of HoR in Oman

Muscat - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Martin Kobler, met with the speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Ageelah Salah in Oman.

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.

Rights group calls for release of Omani journalist

Dubai - Media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Friday urged Omani authorities to release a journalist held in solitary confinement since his arrest more than two week ago on unknown charges.

Gadaffi's widow allowed to return home to Libya

Bayda - Former Libyan ruler Colonel Gadaffi's widow, Safia Farkash Gadaffi, has been given permission to return back to Libya to her home town of Bayda, in the east of the country.

Libyan Constitutional Drafting Assembly holds meetings in Oman

Salalah - The Libyan Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDA) has already held two meetings in the city of Salalah, Oman. The most recent meeting concentrated on efforts to end the boycott of the CDA by members from the Tebu and Tuareg tribes.

Libyan Constitutional Drafting Assembly to move to Oman

Bayda - An official with Libyan Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) has told the Libya Herald that most members will go to Oman next week to continue its sessions there.

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 braces for full impact of Cyclone Chapala

Aden - Cyclone Chapala was approaching war-torn Yemen on Monday after wreaking havoc on Socotra island and injuring hundreds of people there, as fears of its impact on Oman eased, officials said.

UN envoy to Yemen trying to broker a peace deal

Aden - Ismail Ahmed, the UN envoy to Yemen, will travel to Kuwait on June 27 and then travel to Ryadh Saudi Arabia for a week's stay. Finally, he will move on to Sanaa, Yemen for another week to try and reach a preliminary peace deal to end the conflict.

South Korea reports no new MERS cases for first time in 16 days

Seoul - South Korea on Saturday said that there had been no new cases of MERS reported for the first time in 16 days, raising hopes the country is winning the battle to contain the deadly virus.

S. Korea says MERS outbreak shows signs of subsiding

Seoul - South Korea said Friday that the MERS outbreak that has killed 24 people appears to have begun subsiding, as it reported one new case -- the lowest rate of new infections in two weeks.

Thailand confirms first MERS case as virus spreads in Asia

Bangkok - Thailand on Thursday said a 75-year-old man from Oman was confirmed to have MERS in Southeast Asia's first case of the virus since an outbreak in South Korea that has killed 23 people.

US transfers six Guantanamo detainees to Oman

Washington - Washington has transferred six inmates from its Guantanamo Bay prison to Oman, the Pentagon said Saturday, as part of a drive by President Barack Obama to close the controversial jail.

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.

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.

Solar plane completes first sea leg of epic round-the-world bid

Ahmedabad - Solar Impulse 2 landed in India late Tuesday, completing the initial sea crossing of its epic bid to become the first plane to fly around the world powered solely by the sun.

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.

U.S. sends five Guantanamo prisoners to Oman, Estonia

Washington - The United States has transferred five men from its Guantanamo Bay prison, the Pentagon said Wednesday, in a renewed push by President Barack Obama toward closing the controversial jail.

Gaddafi family given political asylum in Oman

Muscat - Ever wondered what happened to the remaining members of the Gaddafi clan after the murder of the Colonel? It turns out that Gaddafi's wife, two of his sons, and his daughter, are enjoying political asylum in the Middle Eastern Sultanate of Oman

Oman protests continue despite government concessions

Anti-government protesters in the Sultanate of Oman said they will continue their protests despite concessions granted by the government on most of their demands.

Gulf nations pool funds in bid to appease protesters

Riyadh - Gulf Cooperation Council announces $20 billion aid package designed to assist Oman and Bahrain overcome demands for social and political reform.

Oman deploys more troops as protesters clash with police

After three days of continued anti-government protests, authorities in Oman have decided to increase its troops in the field, particularly in the town of Sohar, located northwest of Muscat, where there is a bigger concentration of protesters.
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NASA s Terra satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Phet on June 4 at 2:40 a.m. EDT ...
NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Phet on June 4 at 2:40 a.m. EDT showed the lack of an eye, indicating that the storm had weakened after making landfall in Oman
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NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren took this photograph on Nov. 11  2015 from the International Space Sta...
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren took this photograph on Nov. 11, 2015 from the International Space Station, and shared it with his followers on social media. Lindgren wrote, "The delicate fingerprints of water imprinted on the sand. The #StoryOfWater." The area photographed is located in Oman, approximately 20 km to the west-northwest of Hamra Al Drooa.
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