Video: Oman's top news stories of September 18

by Times News Service
Watch the digital roundup of today's top stories in 60 seconds

Living on the edge: High-rise peril for workers in Oman

by Rahul Das
For blue-collars working on high-rise atop scaffoldings with improper safety gears, the dividing line between life and death is very thin

Five tourism ventures await approval in Oman

by A E JAMES
These ventures are part of a long-term plan to develop 12 tourism projects that would encourage foreign tourists to extend their stay in the country

Musician Star Malik on road in Oman for peace mission

by REJIMON K
Malik has taken his message of peace to 13 countries in Europe and six in the GCC region

Motorists in Oman hail two-year registration norm

by Times News Service
Motorists have welcomed the news that they have the option of renewing the registration of their private vehicles every two years

Lebanese artist finds inspiration in Oman

by SARAH MACDONALD
Chucrallah Fattouh found inspiration in Oman for his most recent exhibition with Bait Muzna Gallery, which was unveiled at the Bank of Beirut in Ghubrah on Tuesday evening.
Oman
Verdi’s Macbeth opens tonight at Royal Opera House Muscat
by Times News Service

The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will open the 2014-2015 season tonight with a production of Verdi’s opera Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name

Sports
Ahmad and Oman Racing Team aim to conclude Blancpain season with a flourish
by Times News Service

While thrilled with a sensational end to the British GT campaign, Ahmad and his team have had little time to celebrate with preparations immediately beginning for the fifth round Blancpain season

Business
Orascom comes out of the red, achieves OMR13 net profit
by Times News Service

Muriya’s majority shareholder records net profit of OMR13.02 million in the first half of 2014 compared to a loss of OMR 19.8 million in the same period last year

World
UN envoy presses Yemen rebel leader for new talks
by AFP

The United Nations envoy to Yemen landed in the rebel stronghold of Saada on Wednesday for talks with leader Abdulmalik Al Houthi in a fresh effort to end the country’s latest political crisis

Thursday
Not all marriages are made in heaven
by SALEH AL SHAIBANY

Social pressures like unemployment and the need to acquire all the trappings of life force young people to do things a bit different than their parents

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Good Bye Marx! Hungary cleans up for Orban's revolution
by AFP

Budapest's Corvinus University is no hotbed of communist troublemakers and far from nostalgic for the old regime, but students are pining for a cherished bronze of Karl Marx removed last week

Columns
To crush IS, make a deal with Assad
by AHMAD SAMIH KHALIDI

In the absence of any large-scale Western or regional commitment to deploy troops, the only real 'boots on the ground' capable of destroying Isis are the Syrian Army and its local allies

Travel
Avignon tourism - The provencal city offers a busy cultural calender in early autumn
by Paul Bloomfield/The

September represents Avignon's sweet spot: after the hectic weeks of the twin theatre and fringe festivals but the city is still blessed with balmy evenings, food festivals and other events

Entertainment
I waited three years for Hrithik: Asutosh Gowariker on 'Mohenjo Daro'
by PTI

Noted filmmaker Asutosh Gowariker, who is all set to team up with Hrithik Roshan again in next project 'Mohenjo Daro', says the superstar took three years to say yes for the period drama.