THE BRITISH AND OMAN: 24 – According to a report from London, the Foreign Office has denied reports of a ceasefire between British troops and rebels in Oman. It has also denied that British troops had been repelled by the Imam’s troops. THE AMERICANS: According to diplomatic circles, Washington is following events in Oman with concern, fearing they could lead to a wider uprising among Arab states that could be drawn into an anti-British struggle… and therefore could be lost to the West. DEVELOPMENTS: Paris, 25 – The British foreign secretary has made statements in parliament in an attempt to play down the extent of British air force attacks against Arabs, without commenting on the concentration of British infantry units around Oman, although asked to do so by Shadow Foreign Secretary Nye Bevan. CURZIO MALAPARTE: Rome, 19 -The writer Curzio Malaparte died of lung cancer this afternoon at a clinic in Rome. Malaparte [Kurt Erich Suckert] came to Greece in 1940 and wrote a number of reports published upon his return to Italy a few days after the Italian attack on Greece. He revisited Greece in the 1950s as a guest of the Athens Festival.