Ship visiting Oman joins missing MH370 black box search

by Rahul Das
Survey ship HMS Echo, playing an important role in developing Duqm Port, was diverted to Southern Indian Ocean to help search the missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH370

Illegal buildings under scanner across Oman

by Faizul Haque
The department of inspection and engineering services of the ministry is coordinating with the technical departments of various municipalities of the country to follow up on the inspection drive

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya: Security source

by AFP
A Tunisian source confirmed the abduction and identified the diplomat as Al Aroussi Al Fatnassi, without giving further details. Tunis’s ambassador to Libya, Ridha Boukadi, refused to comment.

Several wounded as gunmen attack civilians in South Sudan UN base

by AFP
The conflict has also taken on an ethnic dimension, pitting Kiir’s Dinka tribe against militia forces from Machar’s Nuer people.

'Shouldn't we move?' Ferry evacuation under scrutiny

by AFP
National shock at a ferry disaster that may have killed hundreds of South Korean schoolchildren was mixed with fury over growing evidence that many passengers were denied a proper chance to escape

Australia sees new search phase if mini-sub fails to find MH370

by AFP
The hunt by a mini-submarine for a Malaysian airliner in the uncharted depths of the Indian Ocean -- the latest phase in a huge international search -- will end in about a week, Australia says
Sports
Nadal and Federer breeze into last eight with comfortable wins
by Reuters

Claycourt wizard Nadal barely broke a sweat in his 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Italy’s Andreas Seppi while fourth seed Federer recovered from a break in the first set to beat Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1.

Business
Shipping lines set to move to Sohar
by Times News Service

Oman government has set a deadline of August to ensure all commercial activities at Muscat port to be shifted to Sohar Port and Freezone

World
UK ‘will catch’ killer of Libyan embassy policewoman: Police chief
by AFP

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe joined Fletcher’s family, colleagues and friends in laying floral tributes at the spot in St James’s Square where she fell on April 17, 1984

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.