UAE carriers stop flights to Baghdad after FlyDubai hit by gunfire; Muscat airport unaffected

by REJIMON K
Flydubai, Emirates Airlines, Sharjah's Air Arabia and Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways suspended flights following the incident, in line with a directive from the United Arab Emirates' civil aviation author

More than 208,000 vehicles recalled in Oman

by Staff Reporter
The total number of vehicles recalled due to technical reasons stood at more than 208,888 in 2014.

Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 docks in Muscat

by Times News Service
She arrived in Muscat at 7.30 am in the morning and will sail at 6 pm

Expats in Oman to be hit by tighter rules on sharing homes

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Muscat Municipality’s new rules on renting property in the capital set out restrictions for the expatriates at all levels

Hacker group claims it is behind outages at Facebook, Instagram and other sites

by Reuters
A Twitter account that purports to speak for hacker group "Lizard Squad" posted messages suggesting that it was behind an attack the temporarily blocked several major web sites

Facebook, Instagram restored after suffering outage in Oman

by Times News Service/inputs from Reuters
Instagram, the photo sharing site which is popular in Oman, was also reportedly having issues
World
Obama visits Saudi Arabia seeks close, candid relations
by Reuters and AFP

US President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects after the death of late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Technology
New take-along chargers that pack power to portable devices
by The New York Times

Once you know those measurements, it is time to decide which type of charging device is best for you. One of the most convenient ways to charge is to use a case that includes an external battery

Thursday
Asian-inspired spa in Muscat, For the mind, body and soul
by Salim Joseph

The Spa at The Chedi Muscat embraces eastern philosophy with Asian oriental rituals; it offers an extensive variety of beauty rituals based on the holistic principles of aromatherapy and herbalism

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Columns
UK accepted only 90 Syrian refugees in 2014
by David Hanson

The scale of this crisis and the suffering meted on the Syrian people is horrific: a city the size of Manchester has been destroyed, and a population bigger than London's displaced

Round Up
First SPAR supermarket opens in Oman
by Staff Reporter

The global food store giant will be opening four supermarkets in Oman, providing high quality fresh foods combined with a wide selection of products, excellent service and good value

Health
Just 20 minutes walk a day is enough: study
by Mark Reynolds/Daily

A brisk daily 20-minute walk could reduce the risk of an early death by almost a third, a new study shows