Oman’s new sultan rejigs national anthem Feb 21, 2020 0 1320 12345 Muscat: Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq issued a decree removing the name of his predecessor from the national anthem on Thursday, a day after official mourning for Sultan Qaboos ended.“Sultan Haitham issued a decree amending Annex 3 of the law pertaining to the state flag, emblem and national anthem,” the official Oman News Agency reported. The lyrics referring to Sultan Qaboos, “Qaboos has come with the blessing of heaven, be cheerful and commend him to the protection of our prayers” will be replaced with “raise to the sky and fill the universe with light, be happy and prosper”. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Clashes in Syria’s Idlib kill 27 fighters: Monitor Feb 21, 2020 0 76 Lassa fever hits Lagos as Nigeria deaths top 100 Feb 21, 2020 0 494 Stolen 18th century religious crown returned to Ethiopia Feb 21, 2020 0 336 S.Sudan’s warring leaders to form long-delayed unity government Juba: South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed on Thursday to form a unity government, a long-delayed step towards ending more than six years of war. The rivals have overseen a conflict that has .. 19 children among dead in recent Yemen strikes Sanaa: Nineteen children were among at least 31 civilians killed in air strikes on rebel-held northern Yemen last week, the United Nations said on Thursday. “UNICEF is sad to confirm that the recent attack in Al-Jawf, .. UN appeals to Turkey to take in more Syria refugees AFP Geneva The UN refugee agency on Thursday appealed to Turkey to take in more refugees from Syria, as hundreds of thousands flee the regime’s brutal assault on the last rebel enclave. “We need an end to the fighting, and .. Turkey must stop supporting terrorists in Syria, says Russia Moscow: Moscow on Thursday urged Turkey to stop “supporting terrorists” in Syria, saying Russian planes had carried out air strikes against armed groups backed by Ankara. “We urge the Turkish side, in order to avoid .. US sanctions Iranian officials for barring candidates AFP Washington The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for the Islamic republic’s parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from .. Iran attempting further arms deliveries to Houthi rebels: US military Washington: Tehran continues to deliver weapons to Yemen’s Huthi rebels, the US military said on Wednesday, following a second interception in less than three months of what Washington said were Iranian arms. “The .. Netanyahu plans east Jerusalem settler homes ahead of Israel poll AFP Jerusalem sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans on Thursday to build thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in annexed east Jerusalem, a controversial project unveiled less than two weeks .. IMF delegation meets Lebanon PM over debt crisis Beirut: A delegation from the International Monetary Fund met Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab in Beirut on Thursday to discuss how to tackle the country’s spiralling economic crisis. The Lebanese premier asked the .. Libya warring rivals resume talks in Geneva AFP Geneva Libya’s warring sides have resumed talks in Geneva aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country, the UN said on Thursday. “The talks are underway again,” Jean El-Alam, spokesman for the .. Macron condemns in ‘strongest terms’ Syrian regime attacks in Idlib Brussels: French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday condemned Syrian government attacks on the city of Idlib, the country’s last rebel enclave, warning of an impending humanitarian disaster. As he arrived for a ..