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    1. May 25, 2016

      American sanctions are hitting the wrong target in Lebanon

      Lebanon has been at risk of getting sucked into the vortex of the ethno-sectarian war raging across its border with...

    2. May 19, 2016

      Syria regime gains from rebel infighting to advance near Damascus

      Syrian state forces, backed by Hizbollah, the Lebanese militia, have advanced into the besieged southern outskirts of...

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      Although many in the insurance industry think that it is behind other sectors when it ...
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      Western defence companies are on the back foot as deep cuts work their way through the...
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    1. May 16, 2016

      Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the lure of the strongman

      The rise of Donald Trump has been accompanied by predictable murmurs of “only in America”. But the Trump phenomenon is...

    2. May 5, 2016

      Dozens killed in Syria camp air strike

      At least 28 people, including women and children, were killed when air strikes hit a camp for internally displaced...

    3. May 4, 2016

      US and Russia extend Syria ceasefire to Aleppo

      The US and Russia have agreed to extend the fragile ceasefire in Syria to Aleppo, the city that has been the site of...

    4. April 29, 2016

      Aleppo action clarifies Russian ambitions in Syria

      With peace talks on Syria suspended in Geneva, the collapse of the two-month-old cessation of hostilities is all but...

    5. April 17, 2016

      Israel will never give up Golan, says Netanyahu

      Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, said on Sunday the Golan Heights would “never” be returned to Syria, as he...

    6. April 17, 2016

      Palmyra is the site of war crimes as well as world heritage

      Minutes after news broke that the Unesco world heritage site of Palmyra had been liberated from the Islamic extremists...

    7. April 16, 2016

      Iran deploys army to bolster support for Syrian president

      Iran has deployed the regular army in its first overseas operation since the 1979 Revolution to bolster Syrian leader...

    8. April 13, 2016

      Bashar al-Assad delays peace talks for elections in Syria

      Parliamentary elections were held in Syria on Wednesday, coinciding with the opening of international peace...

    9. April 12, 2016

      Russia runs up against Bashar al-Assad’s defences

      As yet another round of UN-hosted talks to find a path out of Syria’s civil war begins in Geneva this week, reignited...

    10. April 6, 2016

      Panama Papers reveal companies blacklisted by US

      Amid the prime ministers and actors named in the massive leak of documents from a secretive Panamanian law firm, the...

    11. April 6, 2016

      A world order reshaped by Vladimir Putin’s ambition

      Moscow is out to change the world order, according to General Philip Breedlove, Nato’s military commander. The entire...

    12. April 6, 2016

      How laundered money shapes London’s property market

      For three-quarters of Londoners under 35, owning a home in the capital remains out of reach. But according to the...

    13. March 27, 2016

      Syrian forces retake Palmyra from Isis

      Syria’s armed forces say they have driven Isis militants out of Palmyra, recapturing the city of Roman ruins as part of...

    14. March 24, 2016

      Russia and US pledge renewed effort for Syria peace

      Russia and the US pledged on Thursday to push for a faster political resolution to the Syrian crisis and broaden their...

    15. March 20, 2016

      Russia is following a clear strategy in Syria

      Vladimir Putin’s decision to pull Russian troops out of Syria hit the headlines around the world. But it should have...

    16. March 17, 2016

      Fatalism taints the Obama doctrine

      Dwight D Eisenhower left the White House in 1961 cautioning against the designs of the military-industrial complex...

    17. March 17, 2016

      Syria crisis: Russian pullback could force Assad into peace talks

      Vladimir Putin’s partial withdrawal of Russia’s air force from Syria has led to speculation he is ready to jettison...

    18. March 16, 2016

      Vladimir Putin’s hollow victory in the Syrian killing fields

      Vladimir Putin has long enjoyed a reputation for springing surprises on the international stage. He has done so again...

    19. Brussels Blog

      March 16, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: Parsing Putin

      This is Wednesday’s edition of our daily Brussels Briefing. To receive it every morning in your email in-box, sign up...

    20. March 15, 2016

      Russia cuts its losses in Syria

      In six short months Russia’s military intervention in Syria has shifted the path of the country’s grinding civil war —...

    21. March 15, 2016

      Putin’s Syrian exit hailed as mission accomplished on Russian TV

      As some of Russia’s pilots flew home from Syria on Tuesday, Russian television showed jubilant crowds of hundreds of...

    22. March 15, 2016

      Mercurial Putin keeps the west guessing in Syria

      Vladimir Putin is full of surprises. His decision to withdraw Russia’s “basic forces” from Syria was forecast by no...

    23. March 14, 2016

      Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria

      Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered his armed forces to start pulling out of Syria on Tuesday after a...

    24. The Exchange

      March 14, 2016

      Putin’s Syria ‘success’ has come at an amazing cost

      Is this Vladimir Putin’s “mission accomplished” moment? In a surprise move, the Russian president announced on Monday...

    25. Fast FT

      March 14, 2016

      Putin orders Russian military pullout from Syria

      Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered the country’s armed forces to start pulling out of Syria on Tuesday. The...

    26. March 13, 2016

      Syrian opposition needs to pursue realistic goals in peace talks

      After nearly five years of war in Syria, it would be rash to draw firm conclusions from a fragile ceasefire that has...

    27. March 11, 2016

      Turkey and Russia — friends for a while, now foes once again

      High-level gossip in Ankara has it that there is a personal element to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s desire to...

    28. March 8, 2016

      Competing goals make Saudi oil policy hard to predict

      When Saudi Arabia last month announced with Russia and other big oil producers a conditional agreement to freeze...

    29. The Exchange

      February 27, 2016

      Hard choices in Syria

      The increasingly desperate efforts by the US to get the Russians, the Iranians and the Syrian regime to agree to a...

    30. February 22, 2016

      Isis bombs undermine attempt to negotiate ceasefire in Syria

      A string of bombings in Syria’s capital Damascus and the central city of Homs killed more than 120 people and wounded...

    31. February 21, 2016

      ‘Blood Year: Islamic State’ by David Kilcullen

      “The greatest strategic screw-up since Hitler’s invasion of Russia” is how David Kilcullen describes George W Bush’s...

    32. February 19, 2016

      Riyadh suspends multibillion-dollar aid package to Lebanon

      Saudi Arabia’s $3bn aid package to Lebanese security forces has been suspended amid the fallout between regional powers...

    33. February 19, 2016

      Erdogan should take a reality check on Syria

      The bombing that murdered 28 Turkish soldiers on Wednesday in Ankara shows how deeply Turkey has slid into the vortex...

    34. February 19, 2016

      Syrian medics accuse Russian pilots of targeting hospitals

      Were it not for the decision to step outside his hospital for a cup of coffee, Abu Adam would not be alive today. “It...

    35. February 18, 2016

      Turkey and Saudi Arabia consider Syria intervention

      The US is seeking to rein in its allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia from military action in Syria if a ceasefire planned...

    36. February 18, 2016

      Putin bombs and the west blinks

      The contest at the Munich security conference pitted the ruthless cynicism of Vladimir Putin’s Russia against the...

    37. February 17, 2016

      Putin systematically eradicates the Syrian opposition

      After Russian president Vladimir Putin sent his air force into Syria in September, the tide of war turned in favour of...

    38. February 16, 2016

      Putin’s Syrian rampage presents tough choices

      Vladimir Putin is deploying Russian military power in Syria with the ruthlessness for which he has long been famed....

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