German airline Lufthansa says planes won’t fly over Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman after shooting down of US drone
BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says planes won't fly over Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman after shooting down of US drone.
BERLIN (AP) — Governments and maritime agencies urged an abundance of caution Thursday for ships operating in the Persian Gulf region after two oil tankers were damaged in suspected attacks near...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A bus from Oman carrying foreigners from Europe and Asia smashed into a warning sign coming off a major highway in Dubai, killing 17 people, including at least...
NEW YORK (AP) — Avicii was so invested and excited about his new album that even on his flight to Oman, where he later died, he was communicating with his producers about different sounds and...
Avicii, "TIM" (Universal)
The first words from the first single of Avicii's latest album are a gut-punch: "Can you hear me? SOS." Not long after he wrote the lyric, the Swedish DJ-producer...
ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran remains outside of the Persian Gulf, so...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in Oman say three people have been arrested over allegedly setting a deadly house fire in the sultanate that killed a mother and her two...
LONDON (AP) — Omani author Jokha Alharthi won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize on Tuesday for "Celestial Bodies," the story of three sisters in a desert country confronting its...
Oman says it will reopen its embassy in Iraq
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman says it will reopen its embassy in Iraq, decades after it closed its diplomatic post.
Oman's Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Twitter on...
TOKYO (AP) — The detention of Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn was approved through April 22 on Friday, allowing prosecutors to interrogate him daily on fresh allegations of financial...
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Oman's foreign minister urged Palestinians on Saturday to reassure Israel that it is not under threat in the Middle East, drawing a rare public rebuke from his Jordanian...
NEW YORK (AP) — Avicii's first posthumous single will be released next week and a full album will be out in June.
Collaborators of the Swedish DJ-producer say in a statement Friday that...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Renault's board meeting and the investigation into former chairman Carlos Ghosn (all times local):
PARIS (AP) — French carmaker Renault's board will hold a special meeting to discuss recent results of its internal investigation of its former boss Carlos Ghosn, amid reports of suspicious...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of the Grammy-nominated Swedish electronic dance DJ Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee) is launching a foundation in his memory.
Oman, UAE grounds Boeing 737 MAXs after Ethiopia crash
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman and the United Arab Emirates barred flights by Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on Tuesday following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, closing down two...
LONDON (AP) — Persian Gulf countries would have to lift boycotts of Qatar before being eligible to join hosting of the World Cup, FIFA determined in a feasibility study recommending its ruling...
LONDON (AP) — A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to...
FIFA continues the push to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, considering Kuwait and Oman becoming co-hosts with Qatar, which remains in the middle of a complicated diplomatic standoff with...
American golfer Kurt Kitayama wins in Oman
MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — American golfer Kurt Kitayama won his second European Tour title by a single shot after a remarkable comeback at the weather-hit Oman Open on Sunday.
Kieffer leads weather-hit Oman Open by 1 shot
MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Maximilian Kieffer played just three holes at the Oman Open on Saturday. He finished the day in the outright lead.
The German golfer was one of only 11 players to finish...
Sandstorms blow schedule off course at Oman Open
MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Sand proved to be a major hazard at the Oman Open on Friday.
Play was suspended early in the second round of the European Tour event because of sandstorms which blew in...
US golfer Kurt Kitayama leads after 1st round at Oman Open
MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — American golfer Kurt Kitayama kept up his impressive first season on the European Tour by shooting a 6-under 66 at the Oman Open to take a one-stroke lead after the first round...
Israeli leader sees ‘common interest’ in confronting Iran
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Wednesday sent out a belligerent rallying cry to his Arab partners at a U.S.-backed Mideast conference, saying he planned to focus on the "common interest" of confronting Iran.
Netanyahu made the comments during an off-the-cuff interview with reporters on a Warsaw street, shortly after meeting Oman's foreign minister.
The Latest: Israeli leader hopes to rally Arabs against Iran
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the international conference on the Middle East (all times local):
Israel's prime minister says he plans on working with Arab countries at a U.S.-backed Mideast conference in Warsaw to focus on the "common interest of war with Iran."
Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to reporters Wednesday shortly after meeting Oman's foreign minister, Yusuf bin Alawi, on the sidelines of the conference.
US officials visiting Mideast to seek backing for peace plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and other administration officials are headed to the Middle East later this month to brief diplomats in at least five countries on the economic section of a U.S. proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
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Diverse, international flock awaits Pope Francis’ UAE trip
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubai, an effort to transcribe the Bible in the native tongue of its flock saw the holy book presented in 52 languages — a sign of the cosmopolitan welcome awaiting Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United Arab Emirates.
China to play Iran in Asian Cup quarterfinals
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and China will face off in the Asian Cup quarterfinals on Thursday after they both won their last-16 games, while Vietnam scraped through in a penalty shootout.
Yemeni players united for soccer to make tournament debut
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Civil war raging at home.
Soccer players who struggle to play or get paid.
A coach who never enters the country.
It was not a surprise Yemen exited the Asian Cup after losing all three games.
But just qualifying for the continental tournament for the first time was an achievement for a country in the grips of what the U.N. says is the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Almoez Ali scores 4 as Qatar advances at Asian Cup
AL AIN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar thrashed North Korea 6-0 on Sunday and advanced to the knockout stages of the Asian Cup after the biggest win in this tournament so far.
Saudi Arabia, which beat Lebanon 2-0 on Saturday for its second straight victory, will join Qatar in the round of 16 from Group E. Amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries, Qatar and Saudi Arabia meet Thursday in a game which will decide the group winner.
Israel says Oman will open its airspace to Israeli carrier
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Monday announced that Oman will open its airspace to Israel's national airline.
The move appears to have no immediate practical effect because carrier El Al is still barred from flying over Oman's northern neighbor, Saudi Arabia. But it marks another sign of warming ties between Israel and Gulf Arab states, as Israel's behind-the-scenes dealings with its former foes become more public.
Wounded Yemeni rebels flown to Oman for treatment
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A plane carrying some 50 Shiite rebels wounded in fighting in Yemen's civil war left Monday for neighboring Oman where they will receive treatment, according to officials, in a move that meets one of the conditions set by the rebels to participate in peace talks.
Romanian PM to visit Oman, Qatar to strengthen trade ties
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The office of Romania's prime minister says the leader will visit the Gulf states of Oman and Qatar as part of a government initiative to strengthen ties between the East European nation and countries in the Middle East.
Secret no more: Israel’s outreach to Gulf Arab states
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It was a scene unthinkable just weeks ago: an Israeli Cabinet minister, tears of joy filling her eyes, proudly singing her country's national anthem at a sports event in the heart of the Arab world.
BANDAR AL-ROWDAH, Oman (AP) — The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India.
Scientists who study the algae say the microscopic organisms are thriving in new conditions brought about by climate change, and displacing the zooplankton that underpin the local food chain, threatening the entire marine ecosystem.