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Debris and sea foam litters a beach after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Cyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula on Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain, cutting off power lines, officials said. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Powerful Cyclone Deluges Oman, Yemen; Six Dead, 30 Missing

SALALAH, Oman — A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years’ worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least six people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a joint press conference with his Belarus' counterpart following their meeting in Minsk on February 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MALINOVSKY (Photo credit should read MAXIM MALINOVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Pushes for Dialogue with Gulf Arab States

Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday stepped up efforts to improve ties with Gulf Arab Sunni states urging them to work with their Shi’ite rival to address “anxieties” and violence across the region.

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Iran Ships More Weapons to Houthi Rebels in Yemen

On Thursday, Reuters tapped U.S., European, and even Iranian sources to report that Iran “has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen.”

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Yemen: Iran Suspected Behind Houthi Missile Attacks on U.S. Ships

Iran, considered the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, has increased its shipments of military supplies to Shiite Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led and U.S.-assisted coalition in Yemen, Reuters has learned from Western and Iranian officials on condition of anonymity.

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Iran-Allied Shiite Houthis Attack UAE Ship Carrying Aid to Yemen

Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen launched an airstrike against an aid ship owned by a company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a member of the largely Sunni Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and part of the Saudi-led Arab alliance fighting the Shiite rebels, according to the state-controlled Emirates News Agency (WAM).

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Oman Refuses to Host Sailing Championships Because of Israeli Participation

TEL AVIV – Oman announced that it will not host the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships because of Israeli participation. World Sailing updated its regulations following Malaysia’s refusal to allow reigning Israeli champions to play their national anthem and display the Israeli

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Sunni World Turns Its Back on Iran: 10 Nations Cut Ties and Counting

On Wednesday, the Sunni nations of Qatar and Djibouti announced they would be severing diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran, becoming the 9th and 10th nations to officially cut relations, roll back ties, or condemn the Shiite theocracy in the past week.

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Wealthy Gulf Nations Face Questions Over Syria Refugees

As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees languish in camps or risk their lives to reach Europe, questions are being asked about why wealthy Gulf states have accepted so few. By the end of August, more than four million Syrians

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World View: The Arab World is Disintegrating into War

Contents: Behind the scenes in the Iran nuclear deal; The Arab world is disintegrating into war; Saudi Arabia conducts major anti-terrorism sweep against ISIS; Massive bomb attack in Iraq market kills over 130

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Obama Vows To Keep Arab Allies Secure Amid Iran Deal Fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging toward an Iran nuclear agreement, President Barack Obama is assuring Arab allies that they are safe from the threat of an empowered Tehran as he seeks to shore up some of America’s most critical security partnerships.