A U.S. military helicopter with five people aboard crashed Thursday in Oman, on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the U.S. military said.
This month, Inside the Middle East aims for Olympic gold, exploring stories of adversity, faith, and triumph in the world of Middle Eastern sports.
A human rights groups has called for an end to the "sweeping crackdown" on political activists in Oman, following a spate of detentions in the Gulf state over the past two weeks.
Senegal claimed the 16th and final place in the Olympic men's soccer tournament after a 2-0 win over Oman in Monday's playoff in England.
Mainsail's Shirley Robertson becomes the first woman to take part in a Dhow race in the UAE.
Over the past decade the Middle East has made a massive move to secure some of the world's major sporting events. Abu Dhabi won the right to host a Formula One Grand Prix beginning in 2009, Qatar was successful in its FIFA World Cup bid for 2022 and the world's top tennis players and golfers regularly head to the region for big tour tournaments.
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic made it into the second round of the Qatar Open after Spanish opponent Carla Suarez Navarro retired injured.
Zora O'Neill is heading to the Middle East next week.
An Italian tanker with 18 people on board was hijacked off the coast of Oman, officials said Tuesday.
Representatives from a half-dozen OPEC nations acknowledged Monday what many U.S. politicians won't -- that global warming is indeed a problem.
Four months ago Raya Al Habsi didn't know how to swim and was a complete sailing novice. Yet Al Habsi is set to become one of the first professional women sailors in the sultanate of Oman.
Three French humanitarian workers who were set free after being held captive for more than five months will soon be reunited with their families, a statement from the French Minister for Foreign and European affairs said Monday.
Three French humanitarian workers held for more than five months were set free Sunday evening, according to a statement from France's president.
Freed Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal leave Oman and are headed back to the U.S. CNN's Mohamed Jamjoom reports.
Jordan took a step nearer qualifying for the World Cup finals for the first time with a 3-0 win over Singapore Tuesday to top Asian Group A with a 100 per cent record.
The couple got engaged while in captivity, and again in Oman with family present
Two American hikers freed this week from an Iranian prison will leave Oman for the United States late Saturday, American and Omani officials said.
Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, two of the three Americans hikers who had been held by Iran over the past two years, were formally engaged in Oman on Friday, an envoy of the sultan said.
Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal walk off an airplane in Oman following their release from jail in Iran
Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, the American hikers who where jailed in Iran for two years arrive in Oman.
American hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer bounded down the steps of the aircraft that took them from Iran to Oman late Wednesday, rushing into the arms of loved ones who had sought their freedom for more than two years.
After spending more than two years behind bars in Iran, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are getting their first taste of freedom. Within the past few hours the two American hikers landed in Oman and were greeted on the airport tarmac by overjoyed family members. Officials from both Switzerland and Oman helped negotiate the release.
CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on the involvement of the Sultanate of Oman in the release of U.S. hikers held in Iran.
The Sultanate of Oman is a rarity in the diplomatic world: It enjoys "cordial" relations with both the United States and Iran. And once again, it is closely involved in trying to help win the freedom of Americans held in Iran.
A lawyer for two American hikers imprisoned in Iran said he has filed all the necessary paperwork for them to be released on bail, but he does not expect judges to act on it before Saturday, he told CNN on Thursday.
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Oman's ruler has pardoned 234 people who were arrested during anti-government protests earlier in the year, the Gulf state's news agency said.
CNN's Zain Verjee looks at the emotional and financial costs of piracy on the high seas.
Piracy, mostly in the dangerous waters near Somalia, has surged this year and may be at an all-time high, according to a new report Thursday.
Pirates hijacked a German-owned cargo shipped off the coast of Oman on Friday morning, according to the European Union's Naval Force Somalia.
An attempted pirate attack was disrupted by U.S. Navy forces supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, officials said Friday.
Authorities plan to launch probes into rioting and vandalism in Oman, where protesters recently have staged anti-government demonstrations, the Gulf state's news agency reported Saturday.
Oil prices rose to their highest levels since September 2008 Wednesday as traders continue to worry that Libyan unrest could spread across the Middle East.
Fresh off a 27-cent jump last month, gas prices were up slightly in a daily survey by motorist group AAA, as the price of crude oil backed off recent highs.
Oil prices eased Monday, retreating from recent highs, as investors continue to monitor the political movement in North African and the Middle East.
Anti-government protesters in Oman refused to end protests Monday, despite orders from the sultan to hire 50,000 people and pay a stipend to people who are out of work, sources in the Gulf state told CNN.
Clashes between protesters and police in the Omani industrial town of Sohar wounded about 10 people Sunday, state media reported Sunday.
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Pirates boarded an American yacht off the coast of Oman three days after the boat's owners split off from the relative safety of a sailing group traversing a dangerous section of the Indian Ocean, according to the group, the Blue Water Rally.
CNN's David McKenzie talks to Randi Kaye about four Americans who were taken by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman.
In likely the third hijacking in a week, a ship is believed to have been captured by pirates off the coast of Oman, the European Union Naval force said Sunday.
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A delegation from the Persian Gulf state of Oman is in Iran to seek the release of two American hikers jailed there for more than a year, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.
Sarah Shourd, the American hiker released from an Iranian prison, told reporters Sunday that doctors in Oman have assured her that she is "physically well."
Sarah Shourd, the American released from Iran after more than a year in detention, arrived in the United States on Sunday, according to a spokeswoman.
Sarah Shourd says she looks forward to returning to the U.S. but is concerned about the fate of two hikers still in Iran.
President Barack Obama had a key role during negotiations between the Omanis and Iranians that led to the release of an American hiker detained after she and two companions allegedly strayed across an unmarked border between Iraq and Iran.
A jubilant American Sarah Shourd reunited with her mother in Muscat, Oman, on Tuesday after Iranian authorities released her from a Tehran prison where she had been held for 14 months.
In Oman, a traditionally male-dominated society, women are beginning to make their mark in the workforce.
CNN's Rima Maktabi meets a growing number of working women in Oman.
As temperatures soar across the Persian Gulf, one oasis is blossoming with greenery.
CNN's Rima Maktabi finds out how Oman is looking to capitalize on its unique and diverse natural beauty.
A militant Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the explosion aboard an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz near Oman last month.
An alleged explosion Wednesday aboard an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz near Oman was described Thursday as a "mysterious incident, whose causes are not yet known" by WAM, the United Arab Emirates' state-run news agency.
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An explosion occurred Wednesday aboard a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz near Oman, according to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
CNN's Kim Kelaita reports that Cyclone Phet has reached parts of Oman's coast.
Cyclone Phet weakened as it churned along coastal Oman Friday, dumping up to 25 centimeters (10 inches) of rain on the region.
Pakistani authorities dispatched Navy helicopters Thursday to alert fishermen near Karachi and parts of Balochistan to the expected arrival of Cyclone Phet and to urge them to return to shore, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported.
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Pirates hijacked a Greek-owned cargo ship Wednesday morning off the coast of Oman, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said.
A ship heading to Somalia manages to successfully thwart a pirate attack. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
Host Zain Verjee takes viewers through Oman's diverse terrain -- sailing the seas in a sleek racing boat and driving through oasis towns en route to the rugged mountains of Jabal Al-Akhdar. Plus:
Bahrain may be the least populated Gulf state, but because of its historical role as the first financial center for the region, government officials have their finger on the economic pulse.
If the Omani royal family had its way, the entire world would recognize the country's ancient scent, frankincense -- so highly prized the Magi brought it to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Some jihadist Web sites monitored by CNN are warning al Qaeda leaders that a recently captured field commander had more than 300 names and numbers plus important documents on him at the time of his arrest.
Omani sailors are re-living a historic sail to Singapore aboard a hand-stitched, perfect replica of a 1,000-year-old boat.
A group of Omani sailors are setting off on a voyage into the past aboard a faithful replica of a 9th century Arab sailing ship.
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Brazil won their second successive friendly in the Gulf with a 2-0 success over Oman at the Muscat Stadium on Tuesday.
Porto striker Hulk has been called up to the Brazilian squad for friendly internationals next month against England and Oman.
Intrepid travelers have a few more destinations to add to their list of must-sees after the annual update of The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage list.
More than 1,000 British tourists on a round-the-world cruise were ushered to safety amid fears their ship was being followed by pirates, a travel company said Thursday.
Iran's navy is planning to launch two new ships and a submarine later this week, the commander of the navy announced Sunday.
North Korea, South Korea and Saudi Arabia all powered into the final phase of Asian World Cup qualifying on Saturday, but China have crashed out of contention after losing 2-1 at home to Iraq.
Scientists say they have found dinosaur tracks on the Arabian Peninsula, a discovery they say may shed more light on where dinosaurs lived, their migration patterns and how they evolved they way they did
Going to to the supermarket is a chore at the best of times.
The Olympic torch relay appeared to go smoothly in the Thai capital Saturday amid heavy security and scattered protests along the route.
Vice President Dick Cheney will travel to the Middle East next week, including stops in Israel and the Palestinian territories, his office said Monday.
It was back in December at a summit in Qatar that members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) decided to weather falling interest rates and soaring inflation and retain the dollar-peg.
This week, Marketplace Middle East goes to Doha, Qatar for the 28th GCC Annual Summit.
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The declining dollar, surging oil prices, and exploding growth across the Persian Gulf are causing inflation levels to rise. Kuwait has already abandoned the dollar. And some analysts say the rest of the GCC may have to do the same to fight inflation. But do the Gulf banks agree? And how far do they think switching to a basket of currencies will bring down prices?
Marketplace Middle East takes a look at how the declining dollar continues to put pressure on the Gulf States.
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Australia coach Graham Arnold is hoping that Tim Cahill will be fit for the Asian Cup despite a serious foot injury.
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Holders Japan face a stern test from Iran, Oman and Thailand in the group stage of the 2004 Asian Cup in China after the draw was made in Chongqing on Thursday.
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