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Tensions surge as US accuses Iran of attacking tankers

Dubai - The United States accused Iran of carrying out attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, escalating tensions across the region and sending world oil prices soaring.

Oman says it is trying to reduce US-Iran tensions

Dubai - Oman said Friday it was trying to reduce spiralling tensions between the Unites States and Iran, as the Pentagon confirmed it was considering deploying more troops to the region.

Omani writer wins Man Booker literature prize

London - Jokha Alharthi on Tuesday became the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" which reveals her Omani homeland's post-colonial transformation.

Five women nominated for Booker International Prize

London - Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, who scooped last year's Booker International Prize for fiction, was named Tuesday among five female nominees for this year's prestigious literary award.

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.

Wounded rebels evacuated from Yemen on UN charter flight

Sanaa - Wounded Yemeni rebels were flown out of Sanaa on a UN charter flight Monday for medical treatment in Oman, an airport source told AFP, a critical step towards planned peace talks.

Oman minister visits Ramallah after Netanyahu talks

Ramallah - An Omani minister met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday and delivered a letter about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's surprise visit to the Gulf sultanate last week, official Palestinian media said.

Israel PM makes secret Oman visit

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made the first visit to Oman by an Israeli premier in over 20 years, officials said Friday, in an apparent sign of growing regional ties.

Israel PM makes secret Oman visit

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made an unannounced visit to Oman, an Arab state with which Israel has no diplomatic ties, and met with Sultan Qaboos, the premier's office said Friday.

Saudi Arabia, Oman sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Manama - UNESCO added Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman's ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List on Friday, the world cultural body said.

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.

DJ Avicii death a suicide: report

New York - Dance music superstar Avicii's death last month in Oman was a suicide, the celebrity gossip site TMZ reported Tuesday.A representative for the Swedish DJ did not reply to requests for comment.

DJ Avicii 'could not go on any longer': family

Stockholm - Swedish superstar Avicii, one of the world's most successful DJs who died a week ago aged 28, "wanted peace" and "could not go on any longer", his family said in an open letter on Thursday.

Music world shocked by Avicii's death

New York - The death Friday of 28-year-old Avicii, one of the world's most successful DJs, stunned his fans and the music world.Here are some of the key reactions to the death of Avicii, a Swede whose real name is Tim Bergling and who was found dead in Oman.

Dance music superstar Avicii dead at 28

New York - Avicii, one of the world's most successful DJs who helped usher in the global boom in electronic music but struggled to cope with the hard-partying lifestyle, died Friday in Oman, his representative said. He was 28.

Top DJ Avicii dead at 28

New York - Avicii, one of the world's most successful DJs who helped lead the global boom in electronic music, died Friday in Oman, his representative said. He was 28.

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.

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.
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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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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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