Supporters of Oman expats remittance tax urge exemption for poor workers

by REJIMON K
The proposed tax on expat remittances has sparked calls for the plan to include protection for low wage earners

Plans for Oman government sector job freeze

by REJIMON K
A freeze on jobs in the government sector is being considered for the first three months of 2015 due to a fall in revenues

Oman Aviation: Salalah Airport is 93 per cent ready, says Al Futaisi

by Adel Al Yafi
Salalah airport would be the second largest airport in the Sultanate and will be equipped with the highest standards of modern technology applicable at international airports

Delegates praise Oman for promoting culture of peace

by ONA
Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah met the delegates taking part in the 28th International Conference of Latin Academy on Monday

Paco Peña unites diversity at Royal Opera House Muscat show

by SARAH MACDONALD
Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Peña brought his work to the Royal Opera House Muscat and revealed how Spanish flamenco traditions and West African music and dance can complement each other
Oman
Muscat Festival to start from January 15
by Fahad Al Ghadani

There will be more cultural activities this time, said a Muscat Municipality official and it will be staged at three venues – Amerat Park, Naseem Gardens and Azaiba beach

Sports
Gulf Cup: Ali apologises to nation as Oman try to salvage pride
by Times News Service

Omani captain apologised to the fans for semifinal loss to Qatar even as the team are hoping to salvage some pride with a win over the UAE in the third-place match on Tuesday

World
32 killed in Morocco flash floods
by Agencies

Floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people in southern Morocco, authorities said

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Features
India seeks to cash in on global demand for ancient remedies
by AFP

India claims to have natural remedies for everything from cancer to the common cold, but ministers say it has failed to capitalise on its traditions as the world has woken up to alternative medicine

Columns
China's new economic and geopolitical clout
by Jeffrey D. Sachs

As China flexes its geopolitical muscles, the only foreign policy that the US systematically pursues is unceasing and fruitless war in the Middle East

Travel
Barcelona: Catalan identity is more evident than ever in the region's beautiful capital
by Simon Calder/The Ind

Early winter is the ideal time to visit Barcelona, with tourist numbers dwindling, the Mediterranean moderating the temperature and the city at its full, hectic pace

Health
Dutch check other farms after bird flu outbreak
by AFP

Dutch officials were on Monday checking poultry farms for a highly infectious strain of bird flu following an outbreak in a central village of the virus which could infect humans.

Entertainment
One Direction, Taylor Swift shine at American Music Awards
by AFP

Boy band One Direction took home top prizes Sunday at the American Music Awards as chart-topper Taylor Swift used the platform to deliver a staunch defense of traditional album buying.