Isis, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, swept out of Iraq’s sunni heartland in 2014 to declare its own ‘caliphate’ around the Syria-Iraq border. The group seeks to impose its extreme version of Sunni Islam and has attracted followers from the region and beyond

Syria is one piece in the Russian jigsaw

Moscow has shown it will not let the west do away with any dictator they dislike, writes Tony Barber

Syrian government forces' tanks drive in...Syrian government forces' tanks drive in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege of two government-held Shiite villages, Nubol and Zahraa, and take control of parts of the supply route on February 3, 2016.

Syrian talks on hold days after opening

UN calls on powers to ‘do more’ to create conditions for peace

Terror: The globalisation of extremism

A surge in Isis-claimed attacks suggests the ideology is extending its influence to Asia

Two Shia killed in attack on Saudi mosque

Death toll in suicide raid on worshippers expected to rise

‘Basma’ in the tent she shares with her in-laws in a refugee camp in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, October 2015
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Yazidis: Escape from Isis

Some 5,000 Yazidis were captured and enslaved as ‘war loot’ by Isis in 2014. Two escapees tell their extraordinary stories

US eyes new campaign in Libya

Potential for air strikes and special forces if threat increases

Iraqi Kurds and a cycle of destruction

Some Arabs sympathised with Isis but this does not justify condemning people to a life as refugees

Isis empowered in southern Syria

Russia’s military intervention has strengthened jihadis

Libya’s unity government rejected by Tobruq

Cabinet setback to international peace efforts

America’s new best friends: France and Australia

UK and Israel replaced on list of key allies

Live: ECB press conference

Investors look for clues from governor Mario Draghi

US urges Arab nations to boost Isis fight

Gulf countries to face pressure at Brussels meeting next month

‘Tighten the noose’ on Raqqa, says Fallon

UK defence secretary wants more air strikes on ‘head of Isis snake’

Libya factions announce unity government

Move to end chaos that has allowed Isis to expand into country

In this grab taken from video by Associate Press Television, the scene of an attack on a hotel, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Attackers struck an upscale hotel popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital late Friday, fueling the recent political turmoil in the West African country. Three hours later, gunfire could still be heard as soldiers in an armored vehicle finally approached the area. (AP Television)

Gunmen seize hostages in Burkina Faso

Suspected Islamist fighters raid hotel in Ouagadougou

Staff Bylines, FT Editor, Lionel Barber.

Globalisation 2.0 — an optimistic outlook

The reformers will prevail, from Beijing to Tokyo, Delhi, Brussels, London and Washington, writes Lionel Barber

Jakarta attacks not sign of instability

Isis does not enjoy any great wave of popular support in Indonesia, writes Elizabeth Pisani

Russia shifts balance in southern Syria

Moscow’s backing helps Assad make territorial gains ahead of Vienna talks

Libya bomb highlights growing Isis menace

Killing of dozens raises pressure for national unity government

Middle East investors home in on London

Regional turbulence and oil losses spur overseas interest

Libya seeks help guarding oil against Isis

National producer fears terminals will fall into militants’ hands

James Ferguson illustration
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Why global economic disaster is unlikely

What matters is not whether the world will be well managed but whether calamity will be avoided

A still from a video released by Islamic State militants, featuring a man speaking with a British accent.

Cameron: Isis video is ‘desperate stuff’

No 10 denies RAF has run out of targets to bomb in Syria

James Ferguson illustration, Crystal Ball, Earth

The political shocks that will define 2016

Look to China and Britain for sudden surprises

A still from a video released by Islamic State militants, featuring a man speaking with a British accent.

Isis video claims killing of ‘UK spies’

British-accented extremist taunts Cameron

To win the war on terror, forget drugs

If marijuana were legal in UK, the extra tax take could amount to £1bn a year, says Misha Glenny

Saudi Arabia executes prominent Shia cleric

Iran accuses Riyadh of supporting terrorism and executing its opponents

Munich stations reopen after terror alert

Authorities feared suicide bombing during New Year celebrations

Belgian police detain six terror suspects

Two men charged with plotting attack near the Grand Place

Brussels cancels New Year fireworks

City mayor responds after terror threat to celebrations

Pakistan launches crackdown on Isis

Arrests part of effort to counter extremism in south Asia

Iraqi forces buoyed by PM visit to Ramadi

Government troops reclaim the city from Isis fighters

Iraqi forces claim victory in Ramadi

Battle shows how difficult challenge will be to win elsewhere

Saudis unveil radical austerity programme

Attempt to tackle yawning deficit caused by falling oil price

Year in a word: Isis

The group is funded by its control of oil wells

Iraqi forces take key Ramadi complex

Analysts say victory could lead to recapture of Sunni city

Isis vulnerable to its own ‘ghost armies’

Corruption by some caliphate commanders inflates fighter numbers

UN Security Council backs Syria peace bid

‘Road map resolution’ calls for truce, talks and unity government

Isis Pharmaceutical in Ionis name change

US biotech says it wants brand to evoke ‘life-saving’ medicines

Neighbour of San Bernardino killers held

DoJ says Enrique Marquez bought rifles used to kill 14 people