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Oman detains anti-government protesters

Oman has detained several anti-government activists who took part in protests that started last month in a northern industrial city.

The demonstrations in Sohar — inspired by uprisings that have gripped the Arab world — have pressed for more jobs, pay hikes, and a greater public role in the Gulf country's politics.

Oman's Attorney General says several protesters who were part of a sit-in in Sohar are in police custody as of early Tuesday. It didn't clarify how many were detained.

Thousands of workers and pro-reform activists have staged strikes and sit-ins across Oman, including the capital Muscat and Sohar.

The sultanate is strategically important because it shares control of the Gulf waterway that carries 40 percent of the world's oil tanker traffic with Iran.