Mixed messages in a divided region

Among some in the Middle East, hatred of sectarianism is greater than sectarian hatred

Iran’s chief weapon sheds his mysteries

The once reclusive General Soleimani has emerged into the public eye

Israel’s outbreak of political sincerity

Netanyahu’s pre-election comments against a two-state solution have gone down badly

Imagining the world of Tony Blair

His role as Middle East peace envoy is nearing a long-overdue end

Fiction blurs the political lines in France

A novel by Michel Houellebecq is accused of reinforcing the stigmatisation of Muslims

Hong Kong’s lucky revolutionaries

Despite tear gas attacks and violent confrontations, protests ended without bloodshed

cctv footage of Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and an unnamed 15-year-old, at Gatwick

Lure of online violence for jihadi brides

The message for women is domesticity not to fight

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Switzerland misses Russian skiers

Sochi is seeing more visitors as domestic financial woes keep tourists close to home

The power of the ballot box in Tunisia

Ghannouchi and the shrewd face of political Islam

Washington trip is risky for Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister should not address Congress on Iran’s nuclear threat

Jihadi jailers put Beirut in a bind

In an appalling failure, Lebanon’s politicians let terrorists turn a prison into a command centre

The search for a Muslim Martin Luther

Reform of ideology cannot be achieved amid an atmosphere of intimidation and intolerance

Iran’s matters of the heart

The success of negotiations depends on political will, but also numbers and technical concessions

A kingdom fit for an oil price ordeal

Saudi Arabia has been showing that in hydrocarbons only the fittest keep market share

Balancing act

As 2014 draws to a close, hope appears in short supply in the Arab world

The 10 worst jobs in politics

We all have our bad days but these people really do have more than most

Shifts and shocks on the soft power scale

The US tops the list for the Monocle Magazine survey, bumping Germany into second

The German club of Putin understanders

Those seen as apologists for the Russian president are finding life is complicated

The UAE’s blacklist places it centre stage

Naming these groups creates suspicion around them and puts them on the defensive

Glitter comes off golden visas

Portugal’s investigation will increase scrutiny of these programmes


Roula Khalaf Roula Khalaf is foreign editor and an associate editor of the Financial Times. She has worked for the FT since 1995, first as north Africa correspondent, then Middle East correspondent and most recently as Middle East editor. Before joining the FT, she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.

Roula oversees the FT's network of foreign correspondents and bureaus. She writes regularly on global politics and business.

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