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Iran open for cooperation with Persian Gulf states.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi voiced Tehran's readiness to improve interaction with Persian Gulf littoral states referring to President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Oman and Kuwait last week.

- AzerNews - AZ

New vehicle scanner to ease Oman border rush.

Z portal can scan cars from hood to trunk, processing around 120 cars an hour

- GulfNews - AE

Tourism CS calls for Mombasa museum to showcase Swahili culture.

Mr Balala laments that history-rich Mombasa lacks a museum where the fusion of culture between Swahilis and Arabs from Oman who came to trade in the 17th century could be showcased.

- BusinessDailyAfrica - KE

Iran interference must stop before talks: UAE.

Kuwait emir's Oman visit believed to be liniked to dialogue issue

- GulfNews - AE

Muscat Gases Co in talks with a 'global entity' to sell a stake.

Muscat Gases Co in talks with a 'global entity' to sell a stake...


Man acquitted after public garden row - court says it was legitimate self-defence.

A man was acquitted on the ground of legitimate self defence after a chance encounter at a public garden between two rival families ended up in a violent row and a badly injured knee. Christopher Zahra, 36, from Cospicua had been accused of having on the evening of August 12, 2014 seriously injured James Muscat in the ...

- - MT

Swieqi to get new CCTV to fight crime, vandalism.

Swieqi residents' safety concerns are set to decrease as the locality prepares to get considerable new CCTV coverage to help in the fight against vandalism and crime. Mayor Noel Muscat told the Times of Malta that agreement had been reached between the council and the Malta Tourism Authority that would see some 22 cameras ...

- - MT

HSSV family speeds up logistics .

Building on the on-time and on-budget delivery of two 72m High Speed Support Vessels to the Royal Navy of Oman in 2016, Australian shipbuilder Austal has announced an expanded HSSV design portfolio that includes a new 113m variant shown for the first time at NAVDEX.

- Jane’s - US

Iran president says wants good ties with Gulf ahead of regional trip.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country sought good relations with its Gulf Arab neighbors as he began a one-day trip to Oman and Kuwait Wednesday, his first since taking power in 2013

- The Daily Star - LB

China Boosts Russian Oil Imports As Brent/Dubai Spread Shrinks.

Oilfield Services Rush To Raise Capital As Oil Recovery HoldsChina's independent refiners, the so-called teapots, are importing Russia's Urals grade with the drop in the Brent/Middle East spreads as OPEC's cuts have made the Dubai and Oman crudes more expensive. The increased Chinese imports from Russia could further boost ...

- - US

In Oman, UN chief Guterres seeks ways to help bring peace to Middle East.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed his support for the countries like Oman that are in the forefront of mediation efforts to resolve conflict.

- UN - INT