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Sultan of Oman pardons people jailed for 2011 protests

DUBAI (Reuters) - Oman's Sultan Qaboos has pardoned activists jailed for taking part in anti-government protests two years ago, media reported, his latest gesture to citizens worried about unemployment and inadequate pay.Full story

Kerry hails tentative Raytheon arms sale to Oman

MUSCAT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed on Wednesday what U.S. officials said was an estimated $2.1 billion deal for Oman to buy a ground-based air defense system from U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Co.. Full story

Kerry visits Oman for arms deal, talks on Syria, Mideast

MUSCAT (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Oman on Tuesday for Raytheon Co's signing of an estimated $2.1 billion arms deal and to consult on Syria and Iran, U.S. officials said. Full story

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New medium-range missile is fired from naval ship during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman near Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran
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A new medium-range missile is fired from a naval ship during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran January 1, 2012. REUTERS/Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Norouzi

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An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable) is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman's shore
An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable) is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman's shore

An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman's shore near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran Jan. 2, 2012.

An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable) is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman's shore
An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable) is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman's shore

An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman's shore near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Norouzi/Handout