Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernised Oman, dies at 79

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Mideast’s longest-ruling monarch who assumed power in 1970 and pulled his Arabian Sultanate into modernity while carefully balancing diplomatic ties between adversaries Iran and the United States (US), has died. He was 79. More details in Sunday’s Borneo Bulletin.