South Korea investigates capsized ferry crew, owner

by Reuters
Local media said the Sewol ferry may have made a sharp turn during its journey on Wednesday, which caused its cargo to shift and the boat to list sharply and begin to sink

Pro-Russia activists stay put in East Ukraine despite diplomatic deal

by Reuters
The Right Sector, a far-right nationalist group whose violence in support of the Maidan helped bring down Yanukovich in February, saw the Geneva accord as being directed only at pro-Russia activists

Baying Blues - Muscat government hospitals grappling with lack of parking areas

by Faisal Mohammed Naim
A major problem afflicting the very busy government hospitals in Muscat is the sheer lack of parking areas. Visitors and patients get trapped hopelessly in clogged parking lanes, sometimes for hours

Watch your trash - Calls to turn Muscat waste to energy

by Salim Joseph
Entrusted by his company to find solutions for treating waste, Mohammed Al Tawqi stumbled upon a brilliant solution

Faith for Duty - onboard HMS Somerset F82

by Salim Joseph
We move on to climb down a ladder where have already seen men and women in uniform descending and ascending fairly rapidly…Moving around a warship can be much more physically demanding

Soul on Strings - Oman's latest music talent Amal Ghulam Waqar

by Faisal Mohammed Naim
Teen Oud player, Amal Ghulam Waqar, enthralled an elite audience at the Oud Hobbyist Association with her maiden concert last week
Sports
Hopkins putting Father Time on the ropes at 49
by AFP

Hopkins, the International Boxing Federation light - heavyweight champion, risks his world title on Saturday against World Boxing Association champion Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan.

Technology
Weibo valued at $3.46 billion after bottom-end IPO pricing
by Reuters

China's Weibo Corp will be valued at a lower-than-expected $3.46 billion when it goes public on the Nasdaq amidst concerns about the microblogging service's slowing user growth, media censorship

Thursday
Last day at work
by Saleh Al Shaibany

It is funny how you could clear your office station in five minutes with things you put there for five years.

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Features
More than just a moustache - Adolf Hitler vs Charlie Chaplin
by Pradeep Govind

I wonder how these two men with apparently nothing in common except a toothbrush moustache and perhaps a love for Wagner could have similarities just because their birth signs fell in the zodiac sign

Columns
Target the companies that pollute most
by Assaad W Razzouk

In Bangladesh alone, rising sea levels are expected to inundate 17 per cent of the land and displace 18 million people; a similar story can be said for Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Travel
Milan moments
by Aoife O'Riordain/The

Italy's fashion capital is also home to a network of canals perfected by Leonardo da Vinci

Round Up
Nawras set to launch all-new Samsung Galaxy S5 in Oman
by Times News Service

Nawras is offering a first of its kind online pre-booking service for interested customers as stocks are limited and demand for the phone is expected to be huge

Health
Reports of e-cigarette injury jump amid rising popularity, U.S. data show
by Reuters

Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular

Entertainment
‘Godfather’ of house music Frankie Knuckles dead at 59
by AFP

The death of a man dubbed the “godfather” of Chicago house music was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported.