MUSCAT - 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.
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SOFIA - The head of Bulgaria's largest party said on Tuesday he was convinced his rivals would be able to form a government, indicating a political stalemate that could undermine the European Union's poorest economy may soon be broken.
CAPE TOWN - Ten striking South African miners were taken to hospital on Tuesday after being hit by rubber bullets, police said, as labour strife spread ahead of mid-year pay negotiations.
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has detained 10 people accused of spying for its Shi'ite Muslim regional rival Iran after arresting 18 people in the same case in March, state media reported on Tuesday.
CAIRO - Egypt's army and police stepped up roadblocks in an area of northern Sinai as they tried to track down militant Islamists who kidnapped seven security officers last week, a security source said on Tuesday.
JUBA/KHARTOUM - South Sudan has almost halved its oil production due to a problem with oil exports to Sudan, it said on Tuesday, adding it suspected its rival had closed the cross-border pipeline in a possible sign of new friction between the neighbors.