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  1. 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 against...

  2. 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 to...

  1. 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 in...

  2. 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 prisoners...

  3. 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 endorse...

  4. 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...

  5. 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 West...

  6. 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 of...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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 an...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 first...

  13. 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 is no...

  14. 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 captive...

  15. 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 the...

  16. 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 launch a...

  17. 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, giving...

  18. 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...

  19. 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 said,...

  20. 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 could...

  21. 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 winners...

  22. 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 price of...

  23. 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...

  24. 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 Turkey...

  25. 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 exposes...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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 and...

  31. July 13, 2012

    Syria accused of using heavy weapons

    International envoy Kofi Annan on Friday accused Syria of using tanks, helicopters and artillery in an area where activists...

  32. The World

    June 27, 2012

    Annan, Assad and a game of Russian roulette

    Kofi Annan. Photo: Reuters Kofi Annan, the international envoy on Syria, is trying to salvage his six-point peace plan with...

  33. The World

    June 7, 2012

    Is Russia changing its attitude to Assad?

    Supporters of Bashar al-Assad greet the motorcade of Russian minister Sergei Lavrov in Damascus earlier this year. Reuters...

  34. beyondbrics

    May 30, 2012

    London headlines

    * Diplomatic pressure on Assad mounts * Chinese utility group expands in Brazil * Kuwait to invest in UK oilfield * Thomas H...

  35. MBA blog

    April 24, 2012

    The importance of diplomacy and an open mind

    It was a very positive learning experience for ESMT’s MBA students who won many of the awards at the Berlin International...

  36. April 13, 2012

    Syrian ceasefire proves fragile

    Syria’s day-old truce came under pressure on Friday when at least five people were reported killed as pro-democracy...

  37. April 12, 2012

    Protest rallies to test Syria ceasefire

    Syria’s fragile ceasefire is set to be tested by mass protests on Friday despite the continued presence of government troops...

  38. April 11, 2012

    Syria pledges to observe ceasefire

    The Syrian government has assured Kofi Annan it will observe a ceasefire with rebel forces due to come into effect on...

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