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Top Oman diplomat meets Assad in rare Syria visit

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Oman's state minister for foreign affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah to discuss bilateral relations and regional security

[ANALYSIS] Is Duterte ready to handle a looming Middle East crisis?

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:38 PM

The attack on two cargo ships in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 poses a grave problem for President Duterte, as the country risks getting entangled in a larger power play that could result in a major regional conflict

Iran 'categorically rejects' U.S. tanker attack allegations

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:06 PM

'Accusations levelled against Iran's armed forces and the published film with regards to the incident [that] happened to the vessels...are unsubstantiated,' says Defense Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami

TANKERS. This grab taken from a video released by the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows an Iranian navy patrol boat in the Gulf of Oman approaching the Japanese operated methanol tanker Kokuka Courageous and removing an unexploded mine. File photo from US Central Command/AFP

Saudi urges world powers to secure waterways after twin attacks

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih has also urged world powers to cooperate on keeping shipping lanes open for oil and other energy supplies

TWIN ATTACKS. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian news agency Tasnim on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control fire from Norwegian owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. Photo by Tasnim News/AFP

Iraq looking at options in case Gulf oil route cut – spokesman

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Lawmakers have also called for an emergency session with Iraq's ministers of oil, trade, planning and transport to 'prepare to confront the possible dangers'

TO PORT. This picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows tanker ships in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Damaged tankers reach safe waters after Gulf attacks

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says he would not hesitate to tackle any threats to the oil-rich kingdom

Iran hints U.S. could be behind 'suspicious' tanker attacks

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Iran's Ali Larijani says the attacks 'seem to complement the economic sanctions against Iran considering that (the US) has not achieved any results from them'

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at an undisclosed location. AFP Photo/ HO/IRINN

British envoy denies Iran summons over tanker attacks claim

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'I asked for an urgent meeting with the Foreign Ministry yesterday and it was granted. No 'summons',' says Britain's ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at an undisclosed location. AFP Photo/ HO/IRINN

Tanker hit in Gulf attacks heads to port

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

The Japanese tanker's Tokyo-based operator Kokuka says the vessel is heading to port in the United Arab Emirates

ON FIRE. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at an undisclosed location. Handout photo by Irib TV/AFP

Iran denies tanker attacks as tensions soar

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) China has called for all sides to 'resolve the conflict through dialogue' as oil prices jumped, while the European Union and the United Nations have called for restraint

TANKERS. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at an undisclosed location. Handout photo by Irib TV/AFP

2 tankers catch fire after suspected Gulf of Oman attacks

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The mystery incident comes amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which has pointed the finger at Iran over tanker attacks in May

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at un undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRINN

Omani writer wins Man Booker literature prize

May 22, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Jokha Alharthi wins for her book 'Celestial Bodies'

Arabic author Jokha Alharthi poses after winning the Man Booker International Prize for the book 'Celestial Bodies' in London on May 21, 2019. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP)

EU expands tax blacklist to 15 countries, including UAE

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Italy has long resisted the addition of the UAE. The Middle East powerhouse has recently made significant investments in the economically troubled European country.

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Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility – IMF

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund urges Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to expand reforms

Azkals hold 85th-ranked Oman to a draw

Oct 14, 2018 - 2:23 AM

A draw marks a big improvement from the Philippines' previous performances against Oman 17 years ago

Iran conducts naval exercise in Gulf – U.S. official

Aug 03, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The timing of the exercise is unusual, as it appears to be similar in scale and nature to a drill that ordinarily happens later in the autumn

IRAN NAVAL EXERCISE. In this file photo, the Iranian Corvette Admiral Naghdi is seen docking in the Red Sea Sudanese town of Port Sudan on October 31, 2012. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

No Filipino casualties in Oman due to Cyclone Mekunu – DFA

May 27, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Cyclone Mekunu triggers massive floods in Oman, where 49,000 Filipinos live and work

A picture taken on May 26, 2018, shows a car stuck in a flooded street in the southern city of Salalah as the country prepares for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu. 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. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED MAHJOUB / Oman OUT

'No criminal suspicion' in DJ Avicii's death, says Oman police source

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Two autopsies confirm this finding, says the source with Oman's Royal Police

GONE TOO SOON. Famed DJ Avicii died Friday in Muscat, Oman. He was 28. Photo from Avicii's Facebook page

Saudi, UAE introduce VAT in first for Gulf

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The other Gulf states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar – are also committed to introducing VAT but have delayed the move until early 2019

Gulf states skip Qatar crisis, blast Huthis as summit ends

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:53 AM

The 6-nation regional alliance affirms in a joint declaration the importance of preserving the GCC's existence which is threatened by a bitter dispute between its members

GCC SUMMIT. A man walks past the flags of the countries attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

IMF tells Gulf states to speed up switch from oil

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The IMF advises energy-rich Gulf economies to speed up their diversification away from oil after projecting the worst growth for the region since the global financial crisis

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Gulf states say goodbye to tax-free reputation

Oct 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

The 6 states are now taking austerity measures a step further with the plan to introduce value-added tax, ending their decades-old reputation for being tax havens

In this file photo, people shop at the Dubai Mall on June 1, 2016 in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. Marwan Naamani/AFP

News Briefs: February 8, 2017

Feb 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday February 8

Max's Group plans Yellow Cab stores in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The casual dining chain operator will establish at least 22 Yellow Cab Pizza stores in the 3 countries over a 5 year period through a partnership with Qatar based Silver Group

TARGET. Max's Group targets to establish 1,000 stores globally, including 200 outside the Philippines by 2020. Image from Max's Facebook page

Newsbreak Reads: Drug user? No, Oman was a good son

Sep 09, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Wrong place wrong time This is the story of Oman Manaois killed by unidentified gunmen and his relatives say wrongly tagged as a drug user

Drug user? No, Oman was a good son

Jul 30, 2016 - 9:43 AM

UPDATED According to a coroner s report the body of the 20 year old student Roman Oman Manaois had no trace of illegal substance

IMF: Oil exporters must do more to balance budgets

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The International Monetary Fund says deep structural reforms are needed to create jobs for the growing labor force

epa05329527 (L-R) Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al Khalid al Sabah, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash and Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani pose during the family photo of the 4th meeting of the strategic dialogue Russia-Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in Moscow, Russia, 26 May 2016. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

IMF urges Gulf states to adapt to lower oil prices

Apr 25, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Given falling revenues from oil exports the International Monetary Fund says affected countries must cut spending and implement other measures

A lone gas flame is seen in the desert at Khurais oil field, about 160 km from Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 23 June 2008. A top executive at Saudi Aramco said that the company's plans are on track for its Khurais project south of Riyadh which puts put 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), Gulf Daily News reported. A statement said the project is valued at $10 billion and would be on time giving another major boost to capacity from the Khursaniyah oil field. The processing facility will handle oil from the Abu Jifan and Mazalij fields, as well as Khurais. EPA/ALI HAIDER

Oman evacuates American from Yemen – ministry

Apr 09, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Omani armed forces evacuate an American from rebel held Sanaa to Muscat after the US government requested for help

Moody's places Gulf states on review for downgrade

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:35 PM

After lowering Oman and Bahrain s credit ratings Moody s is reviewing countries like Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates Kuwait and Qatar for possible downgrades

DOWNGRADE. Moody's cites lowering oil prices leading to weakened economies as reasons for downgrading Gulf States' credit ratings. AFP file photo

Gulf states declare Lebanon's Hezbollah 'terrorist' group

Mar 02, 2016 - 9:33 PM

They cite terrorist acts and incitement in Syria Yemen and Iraq as basis for the declaration

epa05190286 (FILE) A file photo dated 14 August 2015 shows Hezbollah militia members posing with Hezbollah flags as they listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen during the 'Victory Festival' to mark the 9th anniversary of the end of the 2006 July War between Hezbollah and Israel in Wadi Al Hujeir area, southern Lebanon. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said on 02 March 2016 it had designated the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah movement a terrorist group. The move comes a day after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of fomenting sectarian sedition in the Middle East. EPA/STR

Omani man tests positive for MERS in Thailand

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The 71 year old arrived in Thailand on Friday with a fever which doctors in Oman could not treat

Saudi-Iran crisis widens as Kuwait recalls envoy

Jan 05, 2016 - 6:03 PM

UPDATED Washington and other Western powers have called for calm amid fears the dispute could raise sectarian tensions across the Middle East and derail efforts to resolve conflicts from Syria to Yemen

In this file photo, a man drives his motorcycle decorated with Kuwaiti flags on a highway in Kuwait City on February 25, 2015, as Kuwaitis celebrate their 54th National Day. Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Oman, Yemen warn coastal areas as severe cyclone approaches

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:08 PM

UN s World Meteorological Organization says that Chapala s wind speed is the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane

'Extremely severe' cyclone heading for Yemen, Oman

Oct 31, 2015 - 11:38 AM

The UN s weather agency says Chapala a super cyclonic storm could strike with hurricane force and dump torrential rain that may trigger landslides

Yemen rebels free US, Saudi, British hostages

Sep 21, 2015 - 7:48 AM

Yemeni and US officials say Shiite rebels in Yemen released two Americans two Saudis and a Briton on Sunday September 20 after detaining them for around 6 months

DEFIANCE. Yemeni child supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement chant slogans during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP

US announces transfer of 6 Guantanamo detainees to Oman

Jun 13, 2015 - 1:31 PM

The move is part of President Barack Obama s ongoing push to close the jail

HUMANITARIAN GESTURE. By accepting the detainees, Oman is extending its support to the US in closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Photo from Wikipedia

Take Oman's amnesty offer, DOLE urges undocumented OFWs

May 02, 2015 - 6:08 PM

Mustafa: This amnesty will also help foreign workers who are willing to stay and work in Oman but subject to the guidelines under the labor law

Philippines signs new air agreement with Australia

May 01, 2015 - 9:37 AM

The new air pact increases the seat entitlements between the Philippines and Australia to 9 300 seats from the current 6 300 seats per week

US President Barack Obama to host Gulf leaders in May

Apr 17, 2015 - 10:54 PM

The White House will welcome the leaders of Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during the May meetings

CENSORSHIP? US President Barack Obama says US will respond to the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has enough information to conclude North Korea is behind the attack. File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

Philippines, Oman sign new air agreement

Apr 08, 2015 - 6:12 PM

The new air pact the second signed by the Philippines this year increases frequencies between Manila and Muscat to 7 from 3 flights per week

Solar Impulse lands in China after 20-hour flight from Myanmar

Mar 31, 2015 - 1:10 PM

The revolutionary plane landed in Chongqing airport at 1:35 am local time 1735 GMT Monday after a 20 and a half hour flight from Myanmar

FAREWELL, MYANMAR! Solar Impusle 2 takes-off from Mandalay to Chongqing (China) with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, March 30, 2015. Stefatou/ Impulse

Bodies of OFWs to be repatriated from Middle East

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:09 PM

Among the dead were 2 OFWs killed in separate road accidents in Oman Another 34 year old household service worker who is paralyzed has already been repatriated

Solar plane lands in Myanmar on epic round-the-world journey

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:03 AM

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Myanmar s second largest city Mandalay after completing the fourth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun

MANDALAY WELCOME. André Borschberg & Bertrand Piccard welcomed by a crowd of reporters after landing in Mandalay, Myanmar completing the leg 4 of the First Round-the-World Solar Flight, Mandalay, Myanmar, March 19, 2015. Image courtesy Solar Impulse

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

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Solar Impulse 2 will be in Ahmedabad for 4 days during which several events are planned on the theme of renewable energy and sustainable development

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are pictured in Ahmedabad, India, after the arrival of Solar Impulse 2 in the city, March 10, 2015. Image courtesy Solar Impulse / Revillard /

Solar plane completes 1st leg of epic round-the-world bid

Mar 10, 2015 - 10:15 AM

From Muscat it will make 12 stops on an epic journey spread over five months with a total flight time of around 25 days

Solar Impulse 2 takes off for the first flight of the round-the-world flight, from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Muscat, Oman, March 9, 2015. Image courtesy Solar Impulse

Round-the-world solar plane flight takes off

Mar 09, 2015 - 9:41 AM

UPDATED Solar Impulse 2 will make 12 stops on an epic journey spread over 5 months with a total flight time of around 25 days

TAKE FLIGHT. Solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 takes off during a test flight in Abu Dhabi on March 2, 2015. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Pope Francis greets leaders of 8 countries en route to Asia

Jan 13, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Papal messages delivered ahead of Sri Lanka visit

ON THE PLANE. Pope Francis (C) talks with journalists on the plane, during his flight from Rome, Italy, to Colombo airport, Sri Lanka, 12 January 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Oman Air eyes daily Muscat-Manila flights

Dec 03, 2014 - 6:09 PM

The airline says it is aiming for more seat entitlement in the Philippines

Iran nuclear talks get down to nitty-gritty

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:29 PM

Kerry: This is a very critical week obviously in Iran negotiations we hope we get there but we can t make any predictions

In this file photo, Iranian Mohammad Javad Zarif (C-R) sits next to European Union Catherine Ashton (C-L), during their meeting in the framework of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear file in Muscat, Oman, 11 November 2014. Hamid al-Qasmi/EPA