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Oman Says It Is Trying to Reduce U.S.-Iran Tensions

Oman said Friday it was trying to reduce spiraling tensions between the United States and Iran as the Pentagon confirmed it was considering deploying more troops to the region.

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Omanis Vote in Municipal Elections

Voters in Oman headed to the polls Sunday to choose municipal councilors in only the second local election held in the Gulf sultanate.

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Oman Regrets 'Unacceptable' Anti-Saudi Attacks in Iran

Oman on Wednesday said it regretted the "unacceptable" attacks on Saudi missions in Iran but did not announce any measures against the Islamic republic, after some Gulf nations downgraded diplomatic ties.

The Omani reaction comes four days after protesters torched Riyadh's embassy and its consulate in Iran over Saudi Arabia's execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite cleric accused of fomenting sedition in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

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Oman Evacuates Three Americans from Yemen

Oman's air force has evacuated three U.S. citizens from war-torn Yemen to the Omani capital Muscat following a request for aid from Washington, the sultanate's foreign ministry said Thursday.

Oman "coordinated with Yemeni authorities to find them (the Americans) and allow them leave" late Wednesday from the airport in Yemen's rebel-controlled capital Sanaa, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency ONA.

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15 Killed as Arab Coalition Planes Pound Yemen Capital

Air raids by Saudi-led coalition warplanes killed 15 people in Yemen's capital in one of the heaviest nights of bombardment in months, aid workers and witnesses said Saturday.

One rescuer told AFP at least 10 civilians were among the dead.

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Saudi-led Coalition Pounds Yemen Rebels Ahead of Talks

Saudi-led coalition warplanes heavily bombarded rebel positions across the Yemeni capital Saturday, ahead of expected U.N.-mediated peace talks, witnesses said.

They targeted arms depots and military camps in the rebel-held capital's northern districts.

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Damascus, Muscat to 'Unite' Efforts to End Syria War

Muscat and Damascus agreed to work together to end Syria's brutal war, official media reported, as the Syrian foreign minister Thursday made his first Gulf visit since the conflict erupted in 2011.

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem met Oman's chief diplomat Yussef bin Alawi to discuss "several regional and international topics of common interest," the official Omani news agency ONA said.

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Iran Says Nuclear Deal Will Boost Regional Stability

Iran's nuclear deal with major powers will boost "security, stability and regional cooperation," President Hassan Rouhani told Oman's Sultan Qaboos, state news agency IRNA reported Friday.

"Contrary to the opinion of some in the region, this agreement will actually reinforce security, stability and cooperation between neighbors," Rouhani told the Omani leader in a telephone call.

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Gulf Ministers Vow United Stand against IS Mosque Bombings

Interior ministers of the Gulf states Friday vowed to take a united stand against a string of deadly bombings targeting Shiite mosques claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Holding an emergency meeting in Kuwait, the scene of the latest suicide attack that killed 26 people last Friday, the ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states stressed the attacks are a threat to the stability of the region.

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U.S. Announces Transfer of Six Guantanamo Detainees to Oman

Washington has transferred six inmates from its Guantanamo Bay prison to Oman, the Pentagon said Saturday, as part of a drive by President Barack Obama to close the controversial jail.

"The United States is grateful to the government of Oman for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility," a statement said.

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