Middle East

Oman road crash leaves at least 18 dead

Collision between bus, truck and car on road between northern cities of Fahud and Ibri also injured 14 others.

Arts & Culture

Adventurers recreate 1931 Arabian desert trip on camels

Group completes the 1,300km dry and inhospitable route from Oman to Qatar in 49 days.


Deadly cyclone triggers heavy flooding in Yemen

Chapala makes landfall in southeastern provinces of Hadramawt and Shabwa, having killed three on the island of Socotra.


Rare cyclone approaching Yemen picks up speed

UN weather agency says rapidly intensifying Cyclone Chapala could cause flooding and mudslides.


Cyclone Chapala takes aim at war-torn Yemen

Major storm system tracks towards coast, with Yemen's port city of Mukalla potentially lying in its path.

Poverty & Development

Omanis on welfare support struggle to make a living

Social security payments fail to meet the basic needs of Oman's most vulnerable, a new study reveals.

US & Canada

Six Yemeni Guantanamo prisoners sent to Oman

US transfers inmates to Oman for resettlement as part of plan to close controversial prison in Cuba.

Human Rights

Oman launches amnesty for undocumented workers

Tens of thousands of labourers are expected to take advantage of the chance to return home without legal consequences.

War & Conflict

Saudi and Arab allies bomb Houthi positions in Yemen

At least 18 people reported killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, as Iran denounces operation as "US-led aggression".


Oman's Sultan returns after undergoing treatment abroad

Sultan Qaboos arrives back in Muscat after eight months of medical treatment in Germany, state television says.

Arts & Culture

Russian roots and Yemen's Socotra language

Socotri's origins are close to the oldest written Semitic tongues that died out thousands of years ago.


Oman 'jails prominent activist over Obama letter'

Protest leader jailed for three years for offences including "undermining state", after writing letter to US president.

Business & Economy

Oman's Arab Spring legacy: Good governance?

Many in the Gulf state praise the consumer protection agency set up in 2011 – but now, it is at risk of being defanged.


S Korea shock Aus to top group

Lee Jeong-hyeop scores the only goal as hosts edged out in Asian Cup Group A match; Oman seal 1-0 win over Kuwait.

War & Conflict

Five Yemeni inmates released from Guantanamo

US transfers detainees to Oman and Estonia, at least six years after the Pentagon cleared them for release.