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    1. The Exchange

      April 28, 2015

      Saudis' stance on mediation undermines Muslim institutions

      The conflict in Yemen is a multi-sided civil war rather than a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and that needs...

    2. March 30, 2015

      Houthi rebels defy Saudi air raids to advance on Aden

      Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels pushed hard into the southern city of Aden. The move showed that the Shia group had...

    1. March 29, 2015

      Middle East tensions heighten as pressure builds over Yemen

      Tensions sharpened across the Middle East on Sunday after Arab leaders sought to raise the pressure on Iran by...

    2. March 28, 2015

      Arab League agrees to set up joint force to counter Iran and Isis

      Arab leaders meeting at a summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh have agreed to the creation of a joint...

    3. March 28, 2015

      Yemen’s ousted president vetoes ceasefire

      Yemen’s ousted president Abd-Rabbu Hadi has effectively vetoed calls for a ceasefire in the war-torn country, saying...

    4. March 27, 2015

      Houthi rebels clash with Saudi troops on Yemen’s northern border

      Shia Houthi rebels clashed with Saudi military units on Yemen’s northern border on Friday. The rebels vowed to...

    5. March 10, 2015

      Sweden cancels military deal after Saudi human rights snub

      Sweden is cancelling a controversial military deal with Saudi Arabia a day after an unusually frank diplomatic bust-up...

    6. March 9, 2015

      Saudi Arabia blocks Sweden minister’s speech to Arab League

      Saudi Arabia abruptly blocked plans for Sweden’s foreign minister to address the Arab League amid twin rows over a...

    7. September 9, 2014

      Islamist threat: Players in the regional drama

      JORDAN The Sunni Muslim state is an important US regional ally and will be a central part of any future coalition...

    8. September 9, 2014

      Kuwait clamps down on terror financing

      Kuwait has vowed to pursue legal action against its nationals designated as “terrorist financiers” as Arab states seek...

    9. August 4, 2014

      Libya MPs defy Islamists to attend Tobruk swearing-in ceremony

      An overwhelming majority of Libya’s new MPs defied Islamists and their militia allies to attend a swearing-in ceremony...

    10. January 17, 2014

      Syria and Russia propose Aleppo ceasefire ahead of conference

      Syria’s foreign minister on Friday proposed a ceasefire in the battle-scarred city of Aleppo and an exchange of...

    11. September 1, 2013

      Arab League shies away from backing action without UN support

      The Arab League urged the world to punish the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons, but failed to...

    12. August 30, 2013

      France remains ‘ready’ to punish Assad despite British vote

      France woke up on Friday to find itself in the unusual position of standing alone on the apparent brink of a military...

    13. May 26, 2013

      Kerry unveils Blair plan to invest $4bn in West Bank and Gaza

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, said he had asked Tony Blair to lead a plan to mobilise $4bn of investment in the...

    14. May 26, 2013

      Petition rebellion seeks to end Morsi’s rule in Egypt

      During a recent rush hour, motorists on a congested Cairo avenue stopped their cars to sign a petition to end the rule...

    15. The A-List

      April 26, 2013

      Don't give up on diplomacy in Syria

      The apparent confirmation that sarin, a dangerous chemical weapons agent, has been used by Syrian government forces in...

    16. April 25, 2013

      The courts can cut off Assad’s supply line

      No end is in sight to the violence in Syria. In the two years since Bashar al-Assad’s regime began to suppress peaceful...

    17. April 17, 2013

      UN Syria envoy wants to step down

      The UN and western powers are trying to convince Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to remain in the job, after he expressed...

    18. March 26, 2013

      Syrian opposition takes Arab League seat

      Opponents of president Bashar al-Assad took up Syria’s seat at the Arab League summit in Qatar on Tuesday, marking a...

    19. beyondbrics

      March 24, 2013

      Week ahead: 25-29 March

      A look at the week ahead from beyondbrics: the fifth Brics summit, the ECB’s deadline for Cyprus’ bailout deal, and the...

    20. March 19, 2013

      Syrian opposition elects interim PM

      The main opposition group in Syria elected an interim prime minister early on Tuesday, in what it hopes will be the...

    21. March 11, 2013

      Western governments struggle with Syria

      What to do about Syria? Two years after the outbreak of the revolt against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the world...

    22. March 6, 2013

      Syrian rebels kidnap UN peacekeepers

      BEIRUT – Syrian rebels have seized a convoy of UN peacekeepers near the Golan Heights and say they will hold them...

    23. February 17, 2013

      Brahimi backs Syria opposition call for talks

      International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi lent his support on Sunday to a Syrian opposition leader’s offer of talks with...

    24. January 31, 2013

      Syria lashes out over Israeli strike

      By John Reed in Jerusalem and Abigail Fielding-Smith in Beirut A Syrian official warned on Thurday Damascus might...

    25. January 11, 2013

      Rebels claim Syrian military air base

      Rebels have taken a long-contested military helicopter base in northern Syria, opposition activists said on Friday,...

    26. December 30, 2012

      Envoy says Syria risks becoming failed state

      Syria risks turning into a Somalia-style failed state in which battles between warring factions could claim as many as...

    27. December 23, 2012

      Air strike on bread queue kills dozens

      Dozens of people died in a Syrian regime air strike on a bakery in the country’s centre on Sunday, opposition groups...

    28. December 6, 2012

      Syrian jihadist group faces US blacklist

      The US is considering blacklisting a prominent Syrian jihadist rebel group as a terrorist organisation, in a move that...

    29. The World

      November 22, 2012

      Disempowering Abbas

      Mahmoud Abbas at the UN in September (Mario Tama/Getty Images) In Israel and the Gaza Strip, there might be no real...

    30. November 19, 2012

      Oil prices jump on Middle East fears

      Oil prices rose to their highest in a month because of ongoing violence in the Middle East and a weaker dollar. The...

    31. November 13, 2012

      France recognises Syrian National Coalition

      France on Tuesday became the first western country to recognise the newly formed Syrian National Coalition as the sole...

    32. October 13, 2012

      Syria bans Turkish flights over its territory

      Syria said late on Saturday that it was banning Turkish civilian flights over its territory, just a few days after...

    33. October 8, 2012

      Iraq sends crucial fuel oil to Syria

      Iraq is quietly shipping vital supplies of fuel oil to Syria in a deal that has triggered concern in Washington and...

    34. September 9, 2012

      UN envoy for Syria to visit Iran

      Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, will visit Iran, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar...

    35. September 3, 2012

      Egypt urged to renew Sudanese trade ties

      One of the world’s oldest states is struggling to form a coherent approach towards the world’s newest, analysts say, as...

    36. July 29, 2012

      Syrian regime keeps pressure on Aleppo

      The Syrian regime on Sunday vowed it would defeat rebels in Aleppo as its forces bombarded the country’s commercial and...

    37. July 24, 2012

      Clinton hails rebel gains in Syria

      Syrian rebels are making territorial gains that could lead to the creation of “safe havens” within the country, Hillary...

    38. July 18, 2012

      ‘Smart’ sanctions take toll on Syria

      After the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001, the US Treasury Department developed a toolkit of “smart” sanctions...

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