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.
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.
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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.
Signs of warming ties as Israeli ministers head to Gulf
JERUSALEM (AP) — In an emotional scene, the Israeli national anthem was performed at a public sporting event in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday while two Israeli Cabinet ministers said they would soon head to the region in new signs of warming ties between Israel and the Gulf Arab states.
The developments came days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid an official visit to the Gulf state of Oman, the first such meeting in over 20 years.
Israel’s Netanyahu pays surprise visit to Oman
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday returned from an unannounced visit to Oman, the two countries confirmed, meeting the Gulf state's leader in the first visit of its kind in over 20 years.
The surprise visit was an important accomplishment for the Israeli leader, who frequently boasts of warming behind-the-scenes contacts with Gulf Arab states. But there were few concrete details on his talks with Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Cyclone Luban forms in Arabian Sea off sultanate of Oman
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Forecasters say a tropical cyclone has formed in the Arabian Sea off Oman.
The India Meteorological Department said Monday the storm was some 1,040 kilometers (645 miles) east-southeast of Salalah, Oman, moving around 20 kph (12.5 mph).
Forecasters warn it could develop into a severe cyclonic storm with winds gusting to 135 kph (83 mph). They still aren't sure where it will make landfall.
Yemeni officials: Rebels release slain ex-president’s sons
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels on Wednesday released two sons of late former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni officials said.
Omani officials and the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, helped negotiate the release of Salah and Madian Saleh, the officials said. Both sons were being flown to Jordan's capital, Amman, they said.
Oman officials say 2 British women hit by car, killed
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Officials in Oman say two British women are dead and one British man is injured after being hit by a car in the sultanate.
The Royal Oman Police said on Twitter on Friday the crash happened in Salalah near its Haffa market. It said the driver of the car did not have a license and an investigation into the crash had begun.
Oman's Tourism Ministry identified the victims' nationalities. It said the British man hit was in a local hospital in a stable condition.
US pushes forward with plans for anti-Iran Arab alliance
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration pressed ahead Friday with plans to create an "Arab NATO" that would unite U.S. partners in the Middle East in an anti-Iran alliance, but Qatar said the crisis among Gulf countries must be solved first.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in New York with foreign ministers from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to advance the project.
In Oman, 10 members of single family die in house fire
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in Oman say 10 members of a single family have died after suffocating in a fire at their home in the sultanate.
The Royal Oman Police said on Twitter on Thursday that the fire happened at a home in the village of Khor al-Hamam in the country's Saham region.
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UN envoy to Yemen seeks to downplay non-start of talks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. special envoy to Yemen sought to downplay the significance of the failure of peace talks to start, saying on Saturday that he would head back to Yemen and neighboring Oman "within days" to try and agree on a new date.
Yemen peace talks uncertain as rebels fail to attend
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations-mediated peace talks on Yemen have stalled pending the arrival of the Shiite rebels who said they didn't attend because they were not guaranteed safe return after the discussions.
The talks, meant to be the first between Yemen's warring parties in two years, were scheduled for Thursday in Geneva. A delegation from Yemen's internationally recognized government headed by Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani arrived but the rebels, known as the Houthis, have not.
‘2 casualties’ in Indian oil tanker explosion off Oman
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Indian shipping company says one of its crude oil tankers suffered an explosion off the coast of Oman, causing "two casualties" and injuring one sailor.
The Shipping Corporation of India says the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav on Tuesday in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route to Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday seized upon an investigation by Senate Republicans that found the Obama administration secretly tried to give Iran brief access to the U.S. financial system after the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. This would have sidestepped U.S. sanctions still in place.
Trump wrote on Twitter, incorrectly, that the efforts were "totally illegal" and called for an investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After striking an elusive nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration found itself in a quandary in early 2016: Iran had been promised access to its long-frozen overseas reserves, including $5.7 billion stuck in an Omani bank.
To spend it, Iran wanted to convert the money into U.S. dollars and then euros, but top U.S. officials had repeatedly promised Congress that Iran would never gain access to America's financial system.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At a time when the United States hopes to exert maximum pressure on Iran, a regional bloc created by Gulf Arab countries to counter Tehran looks increasingly more divided ahead of the anniversary of the diplomatic crisis in Qatar.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities say Cyclone Mekunu killed at least 30 people when it barreled across Oman and Yemen last month.
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement that the majority of the fatalities happened on the Yemeni island of Socotra, where 20 were killed.
The federation said in a statement Thursday another four were killed in Yemen's al-Mahrah governorate, which borders Oman.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death toll from Cyclone Mekunu that hit Oman and Yemen over the weekend rose to at least 13 on Monday, authorities said, as relief workers and aid arrived to hard-hit areas in the two Arabian Peninsula countries.
Flooding and damage remains considerable after the cyclone, the strongest-ever recorded to hit southern Oman and the sultanate's third-largest city of Salalah.
SALALAH, Oman (AP) — A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years' worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least six people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.
SALALAH, Oman (AP) — The Latest on the cyclone battering Oman and Yemen (all times local):
Authorities in Oman say a fourth person has been killed by Cyclone Mekunu, raising the storm's overall death toll to six.
Oman's National Committee for Civil Defense made the announcement early Sunday, without details on how the person died.
Cyclone Batters Oman, Yemen; Kills At Least 5
Cyclone Mekunu Severe, As It Surges Through Oman
SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu neared the Arabian Peninsula on Friday as its outer bands dumped heavy rain and bent palm trees in Oman, a sign of the approaching storm's power after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra.
SALALAH, Oman (AP) — The Latest on Cyclone Mekunu that is headed for the coast of Oman (all times local):
The Royal Oman Police says a 12-year-old girl has died after the winds of Cyclone Mekunu caused her to collide with a wall.
The death is the first confirmed in the powerful cyclone.
Police made the statement late Friday night as the cyclone neared Salalah, Oman's third-largest city in its south.
SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu roared over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on its way to Oman on Thursday, sending torrents of water rushing down streets and sinking at least two ships. At least 17 people were reported missing in the powerful storm.
Indian meteorologists expected the "very severe" cyclone to strike Oman on Saturday near Salalah, the sultanate's third-largest city and home to some 200,000 people near the country's border with Yemen.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Cyclone Mekuni (all times local):
Images circulated online from Yemen's Socotra island show soaking wet residents attempting to find shelter from Cyclone Mekunu, which pounded the area on its path toward Oman.
The photos and video footage, which went viral Thursday, showed strong winds spiraling over the Middle Eastern island and rain, flash flooding and mudslides.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A powerful cyclone in the Arabian Sea is churning toward the coasts of Oman and Yemen, where forecasters anticipate it will make landfall on Saturday.
Forecasters at India's Meteorological Department said Wednesday that Cyclone Mekunu will intensify into what they described as a "very severe cyclonic storm."
They say the cyclone is now some 670 kilometers (415 miles) off the coast of Salalah, a southern Omani port city near the sultanate's border with Yemen.
NEW YORK (AP) — The family of late Swedish DJ-producer Avicii says his funeral will be private.
In a statement released Tuesday, Avicii's family says the funeral will include "people who were closest" to the performer. The family also asked the media to respect their decision.
They added that no more information about the funeral will be made publicly.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Human rights groups say an activist in the Arab Gulf state of Oman has died while serving a three-year prison sentence on charges related to his online activism.
A coalition of four rights groups, including the Omani Association for Human Rights and the Gulf Center for Human Rights, said Wednesday that Hassan al-Basham passed away on April 28 in Samail Central Prison after a sharp drop in his blood sugar levels.
Avicii’s family releases 2nd statement about late DJ
NEW YORK (AP) — Avicii's family has released a second statement about their late son this week, saying the famed DJ "could not go on any longer" and that "he wanted to find peace."
The Grammy-nominated electronic dance musician, born Tim Bergling, was found dead last week in Muscat, Oman at age 28. Details about his death were not revealed.
Avicii’s family thanks fans for support after his death
NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Avicii is thanking his fans for their support days after the superstar DJ died.
Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead Friday in Muscat, Oman. Details about his death were not revealed.
"We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim's music and have precious memories of his songs," his family said in a statement released Monday.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's public broadcaster says police in Oman have conducted two autopsies on the body of Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ Avicii, who died Friday at age 28.
Public broadcaster SVT, citing information from an anonymous police official in Oman, reported Sunday that the autopsies revealed nothing suspicious and foul play has been ruled out in the performer's death.