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  • OMAN: Army descends on protest camp, arrests demonstrators

     
    The soldiers moved in on the protest camp as night fell over the southern Omani city of Salalah, the country's second largest, dispersing demonstrators demanding higher salaries and more jobs and possibly arresting scores before dismantling the tents they had.
  • Three French aid workers home after being held hostage in Yemen

     
    Three French aid workers held hostage in Yemen for more than five months returned home Monday. Neighboring Oman negotiated the release of the French hostages and may have paid an unspecified ransom, according to news reports.

    Freed Hikers Land in New York After 2 Years in Iran

    Freed Hikers Land in New York After 2 Years in Iran
    NEW YORK -- "We lived in a world of lies and false hope," Fattal said, an American who on Sunday described his and fellow hiker Shane Bauer's two years in solitary confinement in an Iranian prison as "the worst experience of our lives." "They told us ......

    Oman sultan's visit reportedly a mediation bid between Iran and U.S.

    WASHINGTON – Iranian newspapers are reporting that a visit to Tehran this week by the leader of the Persian Gulf state of Oman was aimed at beginning quiet talks between the United States and the Islamic Republic. One of the newspapers, the...

    U.S.-Iran thaw began with months of secret meetings

     U.S.-Iran thaw began with months of secret meetings
    WASHINGTON — In mid-March, a small team of U.S. officials boarded a military plane and flew to the tiny Persian Gulf sultanate of Oman on a diplomatic mission so sensitive — and risky — that only President Obama and his closest...