Oman launches $5B investment fund as part of efforts to diversify oil-dependant economy

Oman plans to launch a $5 billion public investment fund to support plans to overhaul the economy in the Arab Gulf nation over the next two decades DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Oman plans to launch a $5 billion public investment fund to support plans to overhaul the economy in the Gulf Arab nation over the next two decades, state media reported Wednesday. The Oman Future Fund will aim to increase economic activity and support the private sector as the country looks to reduce its reliance on oil. With a population of some 4.5 million, Oman is the second largest Gulf Arab nation after Saudi Arabia but has nowhere near its vast oil reserves. Oman has long served as a regional mediator, maintaining close ties to the U.S. and other Gulf states as well as Iran. That has allowed it to facilitate prisoner exchanges and other tense negotiations. State media said Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said approved the new fund, which would launch with 2 million riyals, or around $5.2 billion. It wou

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'Succession' finale: Fans react to end of Emmy-winning hit drama

The critically acclaimed HBO drama “Succession” has ended after its fourth and final season finale aired at 9 p.m. ET WASHINGTON -- With the end of the critically acclaimed drama 's fourth and final season, dedicated fans of “Succession” now know the answer to the series' central question: Which of the Murdoch-esque Roy family siblings will prevail? Oh, and — for those who haven’t yet watched, here’s the spoiler alert. The whopping 88-minute final e on Sunday evening, which concluded HBO’s hit series chronicling a billionaire media mogul and his children’s struggles to take over the family company, Waystar Royco, left viewers reeling — because none of the Roy siblings won. In the episode, Shiv Roy took one final turn against her brother Kendall, blowing up his plans to keep their late father’s company and become CEO by voting to let their media empire be acquired by a Swedish tech giant, GoJo. The series-long tussles between the three key siblings turned into an actual tussle

Final 2022/23 Premier League Playmaker of the Season standings

The Premier League is currently blessed with some of the finest creators on the planet, and a brand new end-of-season award was introduced to celebrate the creative genius of the league's very best. The Playmaker of the Season award is a novel concept first established ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. The award is given out to the player that ends the league season with the most assists. Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne was a two-time winner heading into the 2022/23 season, and the arrival of a certain Norwegian menace meant it was always going to be tough to usurp the Belgian's assist tally. Final 2022/23 Premier League Playmaker of the Season standings 1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) De Bruyne finished the season well clear at the top of the assist charts / Visionhaus/GettyImages Appearances: 32 Assists: 16 Was this ever in doubt? The all-time Premier League great has picked up his third Playmaker of the Season crown - and first since 2019/20 - af

Danny Masterson rape retrial deliberations drag on more than 6 days, will resume next week

Jurors have been deliberating for nearly seven days without reaching a verdict in the rape retrial of “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson LOS ANGELES -- Jurors have deliberated for more than a week without reaching a verdict in the rape retrial of “That '70s Show” star Danny Masterson, and will have to return and resume talks after the long holiday weekend. The Los Angeles County jury of seven women and five men went home Friday without reaching a verdict on any of the three counts of rape against the 47-year-old, who could get up to 45 years in prison if convicted of all three. The jury got the case as closing arguments ended May 17. With planned time off, they have been talking for a total of 6 1/2 days and have had relatively few questions for the judge. Jurors have asked for the reading back of some testimony — including part of the cross-examination of Masterson's former girlfriend, who is one of the three accusers. But the requests have shed little light on the state

Montana’s new law banning climate impact reviews sparks backlash from environmental experts

The move comes in a state is known for its outdoor recreation and vast landscapes. The federal government has made a push toward enacting policies addressing climate change in recent years, but state lawmakers in Montana are bucking the trend, recently passing a law curbing climate impact reviews in the state. State Rep. Josh Kassmier last month introduced House Bill 971, an amendment to the Montana Environmental Policy Act that changes the process of how large projects are reviewed by preventing state regulators from considering greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting environmental reviews. Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the bill into law on May 10. The move comes in a state is known for its outdoor recreation and vast landscapes, with diverse terrain ranging from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains and several national and state parks, including a portion of Yellowstone, the first plot of land in the U.S. to be designated as federally protected. Glacial s

Indian Prime Minister Modi strikes new agreements on migration and green hydrogen in Australia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has struck new agreements with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on migration and green hydrogen SYDNEY -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck new agreements Wednesday with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on migration and green hydrogen , while raising concerns about attacks on Hindu temples in Sydney. Modi was welcomed Tuesday by around 20,000 cheering fans, many chanting “Modi,” at a Sydney stadium for his second visit to Australia as India’s leader. But his visit has also been protested by activists who accuse his government of restricting Muslim and other minorities’ rights, as well as press freedom. Anti-Modi posters appeared around Sydney, and Hindu temples in Sydney's west were recently vandalized. Sikhs have also used the visit to demand a separate state. Modi, a Hindu, said he had raised the issue of attacks on temples with Albanese, who assured him that authorities would take “strict actions” against the

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Biden looks to negotiate directly with McCarthy on debt ceiling: Republicans 'have to move as well'

Biden on Sunday hammered Republicans over what he called "extreme positions" on raising the debt ceiling as the nation careens toward a potentially catastrophic default Days after the White House and Re public ans spoke optimistically about reaching a deal on the debt ceiling and the federal government's budget, both the president and House speaker on Sunday public ly rebuked the other for placing partisanship over the economy. President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy are set to resume talks later Sunday, though their latest comments indicated major differences remain between the two sides on the size of any spending cuts and potential new tax revenue. A potentially catastrophic default looms as soon as June 1 unless the debt ceiling is lifted, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said. The president had initially resisted negotiating on raising that limit -- saying lawmakers must hike it without preconditions -- but has since agreed to budget talks alongside a deb