GCC countries’ ties normal, says Alawi

by ONA
Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs has said the crisis between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and Qatar is over

Earthquake shakes Mexican capital

by AFP
A powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.5 and said it was centered near the Pacific resort of Acapulco

South Korean ferry captain says evacuation delayed for safety

by AFP
The arrested captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized with 476 people on board said on Saturday he had delayed evacuating the ship because of the sea conditions and the absence of rescue ships

Four French journalists free after Syria kidnap

by AFP
The liberation comes weeks after two Spanish journalists taken hostage in Syria by an Al-Qaeda-linked group also walked free

Clashes intensify in South Sudan army amid UN war crime claims

by AFP
The conflict in South Sudan, which only won independence from Sudan in 2011 and is the world's youngest nation, has left thousands dead and forced around a million people to flee their homes

Movie Review: 2 States

by Siddharth Akouri - Special to Times of Oman
Directed by debutante Abhishek Varman, 2 States is an all out entertainer and keeps you smiling throughout its duration.
Oman
His Majesty receives envoys' credentials
by ONA

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said received at Hisn Al Shumoukh in the wilayat of Manah on Thursday evening credentials of a number of ambassadors of the friendly countries accredited to Oman

Sports
Gavaskar vows to clean up Indian Premier League
by NISHAD PADIYARATH

Sunil Gavaskar, the interim president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for IPL affairs, has promised to clean and uphold the integrity of the game that is currently smudged

Business
New MSM Sharia index debuts today
by ONA

The sample from the new index includes 30 public companies listed on MSM, and whose activities are compatible with the requirements of Sharia regulations approved by AAOIFI

World
South Korean ferry captain says evacuation delayed for safety
by AFP

The arrested captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized with 476 people on board said on Saturday he had delayed evacuating the ship because of the sea conditions and the absence of rescue ships

Technology
Facebook adds new feature for finding ‘Nearby Friends’
by Bloomberg News

Consumers can customise the tool, called Nearby Friends, to see a certain group of people for a set period of time, or turn it off completely, the Menlo Park, California-based company said

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
Hostility against Germany is on rise
by Otmar Issing

Bailing out governments and banks is not the direction in which Germany should lead. If Germany should lead at all, it should do so by providing a model of good economic policies for others to emulate

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
Movie Review: 2 States
by Siddharth Akouri - S

Directed by debutante Abhishek Varman, 2 States is an all out entertainer and keeps you smiling throughout its duration.