Omani Sultan Qaboos, Who Ruled Oman For Half A Century, Dies At 79

Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said, seen during a 2010 ceremony in Muscat, died at the age of 79 after suffering for years from an undisclosed illness. After a half-century reign, he has been succeeded by Haitham bin Tariq Al Said.

The long-serving monarch named his successor, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who was sworn in as sultan Saturday. Under Qaboos, the tiny Middle Eastern state took on an outsize role in regional diplomacy.

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