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Oman's health minister became the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

This week we focus on a long-anticipated prisoner release in Yemen.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The coronavirus has led to a stricter clampdown in the Middle East of social gatherings. Here are five stories you need to know about coronavirus in the Middle East today

Yemen in Focus: Yemeni students stranded in 'apocalyptic' Wuhan

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Yemen in Focus: Yemeni students stranded in 'apocalyptic' Wuhan

This week we focus on the Yemenis who are stranded in the coronavirus epicentre city Wuhan and the United Nation's mercy flights in Sanaa.

Canada, Iran foreign ministers to meet on Friday

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Canada, Iran foreign ministers to meet on Friday

More than 50 Canadian citizens were among the 176 people killed last week when Iran mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet.

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Saudi king pays condolences to new Oman sultan

Sultan Qaboos bin Said ruled Oman for 50 years.

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Prince William ends Gulf tour with Sultan Qaboos meeting

Oman's Sultan Qaboos met Prince William on Wednesday, as the UK royal finishes a tour of two Gulf allies.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Geopolitical competition fractures Yemen's al-Mahra province

In-depth: The power struggle over Yemen's eastern al-Mahra province represents a deeper fracturing of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Ali Bakeer

How backdoor negotiations could help avert an Iran-US war

Comment: Iraq, Qatar or Oman could all offer a forum for backdoor diplomacy to help de-escalate tensions between the US and Iran, writes Dr Ali ...

Indian family of six washed away in Oman floods

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Indian family of six washed away in Oman floods

A family of six were hit but a flash flood in an Oman wadi following heavy rain.

Paul Iddon

A history of Iranian threats to close Hormuz Straits

Tehran has frequently threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a bottleneck choke-point for the world's oil supplies, over the past 50 ...

Oman opens passenger terminal at new eastern city <em>airport</em>

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Oman opens passenger terminal at new eastern city airport

Oman's latest infrastructure project, Duqm port, has been given an additional boost with the unveiling of a new airport.

'We just didn't make it': Yemen peace talks collapse

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'We just didn't make it': Yemen peace talks collapse

Peace talks in Geneva have failed to get off the ground after a Houthi no-show.

How Riyadh is using airspace as a geopolitical weapon

Alex Macheras

How Riyadh is using airspace as a geopolitical weapon

Analysis: Having granted permission for flights to Israel to use its politicised airspace, Riyadh's exclusion of Qatar takes on renewed severity ...

Oman opens new $1.8 billion <em>airport</em>

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Oman opens new $1.8 billion airport

An ultra-modern airport in Oman's capital Muscat has opened, which the sultanate hopes will boost tourism in a post-oil age.

Anthony Harwood

Show Saudi Arabia and the UAE the red card

Comment: Political interference in football is unnecessary and unacceptable, and it's time FIFA gets tough, writes Anthony Harwood.

Alex Macheras

Oman aviation set to soar

Analysis: The sultanate is establishing itself as a regional hub, and is seeing business take off, writes Alex Macheras.

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Family hope Johnson's visit will help free Zaghari-Ratcliffe

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's trip to Tehran appears to have failed to secure the release of jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin ...

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UK's Johnson in Iran to push for Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has landed in Iran's capital to pressure to government to release an Iranian-British aid worker jailed on what ...

Gulf stock markets slump as Saudi-Iran tensions flare

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Gulf stock markets slump as Saudi-Iran tensions flare

Six Gulf bourses ended lower on Tuesday and the Saudi market was down 2.9 percent in the afternoon trade at levels last seen more than five ...

Scott Weiner

Vocations and vaccinations: The politics of Oman's anti-measles campaign

Analysis: Opening up to greater regional integration and economic diversification presents public health challenges to Oman's policymakers, ...

Oman bridges gap as Qatar blockade continues

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Oman bridges gap as Qatar blockade continues

Neutral Oman is using its national carrier to help stranded Qataris reach home after neighbouring Gulf countries began a blockade on Doha.

Yemen's rival factions discuss peace plan in Oman

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Yemen's rival factions discuss peace plan in Oman

Oman is mediating between Yemeni rivals over peace plans presented last week by UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

Oman attempts clean-up of streets with $2,600 litter fines

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Oman attempts clean-up of streets with $2,600 litter fines

Oman will slap huge fines on those caught littering, as it looks to keep a clean image with international holiday makers.

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