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    1. July 16, 2015

      The fate of a febrile Middle East is in Iran’s hands

      The historic deal over Iran’s nuclear programme has taken years to negotiate; its repercussions will likewise take...

    2. June 24, 2015

      Syria edges towards partition

      On a visit to Syria early this month, Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Islamic...

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    1. Year in the Arab World

      The past year will be remembered as one of the Middle East’s most tumultuous, a time o...
    2. Education in the Arab World

      Literacy rates are low across the region and young people lack the skills their econom...
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    1. May 31, 2015

      Power vacuum in Lebanon highlights threat to Christians

      Lebanon is the one country in the Middle East with a Christian president, and it has not had one for a year. This...

    2. May 8, 2015

      Lebanon’s Hizbollah and Yemen’s Houthis open up on links

      They are hundreds of miles apart and their local struggles have little in common, yet Lebanon’s Shia force Hizbollah...

    3. February 15, 2015

      Ten years on, Hariri assassination still resonates in Lebanon

      On Valentine’s Day 10 years ago, a ball of fire in Beirut’s main hotel district caused a massacre. A bomb attack on a...

    4. January 30, 2015

      Golan dangers mount as Hizbollah ditches battle ‘rules’

      For Israelis and Lebanese, Hizbollah’s border attack this week brought back uncomfortable memories of the start of...

    5. January 28, 2015

      Hizbollah and Israeli strikes leave 3 dead

      Hizbollah attacked a Israeli military convoy on Wednesday morning, prompting Israel’s military to strike targets in...

    6. January 27, 2015

      Israel fears retaliation as rockets from Syria hit Golan Heights

      Israel’s military said that at least two rockets hit its territory in the sensitive Golan Heights border region after...

    7. January 20, 2015

      Iran threatens to retaliate for Israel attack in Syria

      Iran on Tuesday threatened to retaliate in response to an Israel attack in southern Syria on Sunday that killed an...

    8. January 19, 2015

      Tensions rise between Israel and Hizbollah

      Tensions between Israel and the Iranian-backed militant organisation Hizbollah have mounted following an Israeli...

    9. October 26, 2014

      Lebanese army steps up fight against Sunni militants in Tripoli

      Lebanese security forces used helicopter gunships in an assault on Islamist militant strongholds in northern Lebanon at...

    10. October 25, 2014

      Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli

      BEIRUT, October 25 – Two Lebanese soldiers died from their wounds on Saturday as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen...

    11. August 31, 2014

      Israel shoots down drone in Golan as security worsens

      Israel’s air force shot down a drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Sunday, in another sign of deteriorating...

    12. August 6, 2014

      Saudi Arabia gives Lebanon $1bn in military aid to fend off Isis

      Saudi Arabia has agreed to give Lebanon $1bn in military aid to help it fend off an advance by the Islamic State of...

    13. May 25, 2014

      Lebanon political wrangling leaves presidency vacant

      Michel Suleiman, Lebanese president, finishes his term on Sunday with no one to replace him, as political wrangling...

    14. May 18, 2014

      Rebels kill head of Syria’s air defence force

      The head of Syria’s air defence force has been killed in a rebel attack on the outskirts of Damascus, opposition and...

    15. May 16, 2014

      Lebanon on the brink

      Just after last Christmas, Mohamad Chatah, senior strategist to Saad Hariri, a former prime minister of Lebanon, was...

    16. May 13, 2014

      Saudi Arabia moves to ease regional tensions with Iran

      Saudi Arabia has invited Iran’s foreign minister to visit Riyadh to ease tensions between the two Gulf superpowers,...

    17. March 21, 2014

      Betrayal and disarray behind Syrian rebel rout in Yabroud

      A Syrian fighter wrapped in bandages rocks himself on a tattered mattress as visitors shoot rapid-fire questions, then...

    18. March 19, 2014

      Israel attacks Syrian military targets

      Israel said its air force bombed Syrian government targets on Wednesday in response to an earlier attack on its...

    19. March 5, 2014

      Israel shoots Hizbollah fighters as tensions rise in Golan

      Israel’s military shot two Hizbollah fighters on Wednesday morning that it said were attempting to plant a bomb near...

    20. February 25, 2014

      Israeli jets strike targets in Lebanon

      Israeli jets struck a mountainous area near the Lebanese-Syrian border late Monday, hitting a transit point in the war...

    21. February 15, 2014

      Lebanon forms government after 10-month deadlock

      BEIRUT, Feb 15 – Lebanon announced a new government on Saturday, breaking a 10-month political deadlock during which...

    22. January 28, 2014

      Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi in court to face conspiracy charges

      Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s toppled president, appeared in a Cairo court on Tuesday at the start of his second trial since...

    23. January 2, 2014

      Beirut bomb kills at least five in Hizbollah stronghold

      A powerful car bomb explosion in a Hizbollah-controlled area of southern Beirut on Thursday killed at least five people...

    24. December 29, 2013

      Saudi Arabia gives $3bn boost to Lebanese army

      Oil-rich Saudi Arabia has committed to give Lebanon $3bn to bolster its armed forces in a move meant to counter the...

    25. December 27, 2013

      Beirut blast kills Lebanese former minister who opposed Assad

      A powerful car bomb has killed a former Lebanese finance minister who served as a top adviser to the country’s main...

    26. December 21, 2013

      Egypt sends Morsi to trial in third case

      CAIRO, Dec 21 – Egypt’s deposed Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and 129 others including members of Hamas and...

    27. December 4, 2013

      Hizbollah commander Hassan al-Laqqis assassinated in Beirut

      BEIRUT – A Hizbollah commander who fought in Syria’s civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon on Wednesday...

    28. November 22, 2013

      Hizbollah tightens grip on Syria conflict

      The Iranian chicken is no longer available in the freezers of the government-subsidised shops in Damascus, but the...

    29. FT Photo Diary

      November 19, 2013

      Deadly blast in Beirut

      Hasan Shaaban/Reuters Soldiers, policemen and medical personnel gather at the site of explosions near the Iranian...

    30. November 19, 2013

      Twin explosions leave 23 dead near Iran’s embassy in Beirut

      An al-Qaeda-linked Sunni extremist group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for twin blasts near Iran’s embassy in...

    31. November 10, 2013

      Lebanon’s Shia mourn martyrs amid sectarian tension over Syria

      In Beirut’s southern suburbs, people gather to hear stories of suffering. Dotted along the area’s thoroughfares are...

    32. October 22, 2013

      Shutdown is just a part of Lebanese life

      The brief shuttering of government in Washington this month excited much sardonic merriment in Beirut. Some of it...

    33. October 20, 2013

      Hizbollah Mahdi schools mix maths with doctrine

      Minds are just as important as missiles to Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group. It has invested heavily in both...

    34. September 27, 2013

      The sun sets on the west

      There’s a story the American writer PJ O’Rourke loves to tell about anti-Americanism. Covering Lebanon’s civil war in...

    35. September 8, 2013

      Oil security fears focus on Middle East

      When Antoine Halff, head of markets at the International Energy Agency, launched his organisation’s medium term review...

    36. September 2, 2013

      Lebanon turns to apps to avoid growing violence linked to Syria

      As violence linked to the crisis in neighbouring Syria increasingly slips over the border, the Lebanese have come up...

    37. August 23, 2013

      Israel hits back at Lebanon after rocket attack

      Tensions along the Israeli-Lebanese border rose on Friday after Israel’s military said it had struck a site in southern...

    38. August 22, 2013

      Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon

      Several rockets were fired into Israel’s tense northern border region from southern Lebanon on Thursday afternoon,...

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