Israel, Hamas agree to three-day Gaza truce

by Reuters
The truce was announced in a joint statement released by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

by Reuters
The jump in the number of cases and the death toll has raised international concern and placed poor health facilities in the region under strain.

Gas blast in Taiwan kills 24, injures 271, topples buildings

by Reuters
Kaohsiung authorities set up an emergency centre to be staffed by servicemen coordinating the rescue operation.

Netanyahu vows to crush Gaza tunnels; US restocks Israel with ammunition

by AFP
The United States confirmed Wednesday it had restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition, hours after finally sharpening its tone to condemn an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza

Oman Eid accidents death toll hits 10 after two nationals killed in Adam road crash

by Rejimon K.
According to sources in Adam, two Omani nationals died in the road accident which involved a four-wheel drive vehicle and a saloon car

e-visa to enhance security, curb crimes in Oman: Royal Oman Police

To simplify visa procedures and enhance security, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) is set to launch the electronic visa and passport system before the end of this year
Oman, Iran demand end of Gaza siege

Iran and Oman have called for international efforts to help end the tragic situation in Palestine and dispatch humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip

‘Need to boost trade between Oman, Iran’

Minister of Commerce and Industry expressed hope that more Omani and Iranian trade delegations should visit each other’s country to explore investment opportunities

Ukrainian rebels vent frustration with Putin
by Reuters

Squeezed by the Ukrainian army into their last two strongholds, the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, the rebels complain they are outnumbered and outgunned.

Technology to sell Microsoft's Xbox One games console in China
by Reuters Inc, China's second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday.

Just people on the deserted beach
by Saleh Al Shaibany

The best thing about women is that they keep discovering themselves as they grow older while men get stagnated as they get long in the tooth

Quick Poll

Will the rising number of working mothers create a generation of nanny-raised Omanis?

India outsources chores as servant culture shifts
by AFP

"Get My Peon", one of the new Indian companies offering to do your chores and errands in a country traditionally reliant on full-time servants.

What if 35 Arabs had died and 800 Israelis?
by Robert Fisk

What's the limit for Palestinian deaths before we have a ceasefire? Eight hundred? Or 8,000? Could we have a scorecard? The exchange rate for dead?

AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests
by Reuters

AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs.