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  1. 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...

  2. 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 Iraq and...

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    Literacy rates are low across the region and young people lack the skills their econom...
  2. Oil Industry 2013

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  1. 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 leaves...

  2. 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...

  3. 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 making...

  4. 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, which...

  5. 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 looks...

  6. 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 soldiers,...

  7. 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 the...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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 his...

  11. 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 and...

  12. 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 rising...

  13. 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...

  14. 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 Hizbollah,...

  15. 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 in an...

  16. 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 memory of...

  17. 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 embassy in...

  18. 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 Beirut...

  19. 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 images...

  20. 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 mocked a...

  21. 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 since its...

  22. 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 1984,...

  23. 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 of...

  24. 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 with a...

  25. 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...

  26. 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, causing...

  27. August 16, 2013

    Hizbollah steps up security after Lebanon bomb kills 22 in Beirut

    Hizbollah has stepped up security measures in its southern Beirut heartlands as Lebanon braces itself for fallout from the...

  28. August 15, 2013

    Powerful blast kills 14 people in Hizbollah’s Beirut stronghold

    A huge car bomb killed at least 14 people in the pro-Hizbollah southern suburbs of Beirut on Thursday evening, officials...

  29. August 7, 2013

    UN peacekeepers in Lebanon wary of EU ban on Hizbollah military

    As Irish peacekeepers browse market stalls in the south Lebanon town of Bint Jbeil, marching music associated with the...

  30. July 31, 2013

    Middle East: Battlelines drawn

    The Syrian soldier unlocked a bullet-pocked gate at south Damascus’s Sayyeda Zainab shrine, revealing a near-deserted street...

  31. July 29, 2013

    Syria government forces consolidate grip on key part of Homs

    Government forces backed by the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah pushed into a key opposition district in the central city...

  32. July 25, 2013

    Hizbollah members shrug off EU blacklist

    This summer’s fashionable colour in the clothes shops of the southern suburbs of Beirut is neon – only a shade brighter than...

  33. July 22, 2013

    Hizbollah has become a state above the state

    The EU has finally blacklisted the “military wing” of Hizbollah, the Shia Islamist paramilitary movement that has become a...

  34. July 22, 2013

    EU declares Hizbollah military wing a terrorist group

    The EU has declared Hizbollah’s military wing a terrorist group, a decisive shift in the bloc’s dealings with the Lebanese...

  35. July 21, 2013

    EU nears terror ruling on Hizbollah’s military wing

    A British-led campaign to have the EU declare Hizbollah’s military wing a terrorist organisation has been gaining momentum...

  36. July 17, 2013

    Militants assassinate pro-Assad Syrian in Lebanon

    BEIRUT, July 17 – Militants assassinated a well-known supporter of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in Lebanon early on...

  37. July 15, 2013

    Hizbollah role blurs boundary of Syria conflict

    On the outskirts of Arsal, a small border town in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, a Syrian rebel whose manic behaviour suggests...

  38. FT Photo Diary

    July 11, 2013

    Military drill at Elyakim

    Nir Elias/Reuters An Israeli soldier takes part in an urban warfare drill simulating a battle with Hezbollah in a mock...

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