Even Isis jihadis love Telegram messaging

For those who prioritise audience reach, the site’s appeal is its simplicity and security

A new normal emerges in Europe

The Paris bombings will mean a fresh look at civil liberties and physical restrictions

A welcome step for Saudi suffragettes

The municipal poll promises to be a move towards breaking down social barriers in the kingdom

Syria elevated to the top of US agenda

A conflict Washington tried so hard to push to the background now dominates the conversation

Putin vs Obama: the battle for best ally

The Gulf states are at odds with both America and Russia over involvement in Syria

Rome needs surgery and its mayor wants to operate

Marino, a former surgeon, attracts criticism from a city that lurches from crisis to crisis

Diplomacy behind Russia’s Syrian bombs

Obama and Putin’s hopes of rescuing the country from disintegration look overblown already

A boy, a cool clock and an American dream

Ahmed’s time experiment could be the best thing that’s ever happened to him

Putin keeps the west guessing in Syria

The Russian president appears to have shifted gear. And that has caught the US off guard

The blame game after a child’s tragic death

Though the world’s focus has been on Isis, the Assad regime still kills many more Syrians

Journalists, repression and ‘conspiracy’

Some governments use their courts to silence media critics or force them into dubious confessions

The real cost of the Iran deal

The US has fallen into the trap of appeasing the Islamic Republic’s rivals, not Tehran

Something rotten in the state of Lebanon

Support for the You Reek campaign has come from all religions and ethnicities

A Beirut house and the memories beneath

Reluctance to delve into the past is a reason why Lebanon has teetered on the brink of new conflict

Budapest’s battle of the billboards

A one-man party is taking on Viktor Orban, the authoritarian Hungarian prime minister

Netanyahu tweets against Iran deal

The Israeli prime minister launched a Twitter feed the day before the nuclear agreement – in Farsi

The ‘name game’ for Syria after Assad

Talk of a Syrian regime collapse is back in vogue and with it whispers of a new leader

Soap opera casts Islamists as bad guys

The programme’s political message is that President Al-Sisi is returning Egypt to its true nature

Britain deploys soft power against Isis

The government is to commit to a new UK fund to protect cultural property during armed conflict

Tourists meet Mediterranean boat people

Interaction between visitors and refugees feeds anti-immigration sentiment


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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