Oman swears in successor to Sultan Qaboos | AFP

Oman’s culture minister Haitham bin Tariq has been sworn in as royal ruler after the death of his cousin Sultan Qaboos, who transformed his nation and became a vital mediator in a turbulent region. IMAGES

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Funeral procession of Sultan Qaboos of Oman | AFP

Sultan Qaboos, who ruled Oman for almost half a century, has died at the age of 79. Qaboos, the longest ruling Arab monarch, had been ill for some time and had been believed to be suffering from colon cancer. IMAGES

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