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  1. The World

    December 27, 2013

    A bomb in Beirut and a long-running power struggle

    Scene of the huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut, killing Mohamed Chatah and at least four others on December...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. May 1, 2013

    Lebanon squanders its finest human assets

    Just over 20 years ago, a construction tycoon named Rafiq Hariri arrived back in a Lebanon pulverised by a long civil war to...

  3. January 7, 2013

    A telling fortune to make on predictions

    The forecasting business, it is often averred, is a mug’s game. But that is not true for everyone. For Michel Hayek, a...

  4. October 21, 2012

    Beirut anti-Syria rally ends in clashes

    Gunfire rang out over central Beirut on Sunday after the funeral of an assassinated intelligence chief ended in clashes. The...

  5. September 12, 2012

    Hyde Park mansion on sale for £300m

    The London mansion of Rafiq Hariri, Lebanon’s late prime minister, has been put up for sale in what is expected to be the...

  6. July 31, 2012

    Hague judges give go-ahead for Hariri trial

    A UN-backed international court in The Hague ruled on Monday that it has the right to try the alleged killers of former...

  7. November 8, 2011

    Beirut risks backlash over UN court support

    Lebanon’s prime minister has told his British counterpart that Beirut will pay its dues to a UN-backed court that will try...

  8. October 14, 2011

    Tyrants’ Paris: the tour

    It’s very near here,” Daniel Lebègue, head of the anti-corruption group Transparency International in France, gestures to...

  9. September 30, 2011

    In the line of fire

    On a humid September morning, I am standing on the east Beirut rooftop of 31-year-old Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh,...

  10. August 17, 2011

    Court publishes Hariri indictment

    A UN-backed court investigating the murder of a senior Lebanese politician has published its indictment against four members...

  11. August 8, 2011

    This can only end with the Assads’ fall

    The debris of destruction Bashar al-Assad’s armour and artillery have left across the insurgent cities of Hama and Deir...

  12. July 29, 2011

    Hizbollah man named over Hariri murder

    A UN-backed international court has named a senior figure from Hizbollah, the militant Shia group, as one of four men...

  13. July 4, 2011

    Lebanon political rifts widen

    Lebanon’s opposition threatened to topple the Hizbollah-backed government if it failed to support a United Nations tribunal...

  14. July 3, 2011

    Hizbollah leader rules out arrests of members

    Hizbollah has ruled out the arrest of four men, including one of its commanders, who are accused by a UN court of killing...

  15. June 30, 2011

    UN court seeks arrests in Hariri case

    A UN-backed international tribunal has asked Lebanon to arrest members of the Shia militant group Hizbollah as it handed...

  16. The World

    June 28, 2011

    Yet another Middle East crisis?

    I’m told that the UN-backed special tribunal for Lebanon will, within days, hand down indictments over the 2005 killing of...

  17. June 9, 2011

    Western hopes for Assad dashed

    In the international debate on Syria, France has stood out, dispensing with the political ambiguity of partners and telling...

  18. June 7, 2011

    Bracing for impact of regional turmoil

    There are few signs of the Arab spring in Beirut beyond the odd graffiti and the addition of Libyan strongman Muammer...

  19. May 5, 2011

    Going from talk to action on Syria

    The ferocity of President Bashar al-Assad’s assault on the Syrian people means that no one can any longer cling to outdated...

  20. May 1, 2011

    Syria’s regime must be held to account

    Syria’s attempt to crush once and for all the popular uprising against the dynastic dictatorship of the Assad family does...

  21. FT Alphaville

    April 26, 2011

    US policy shift builds pressure on Syria

    The US announcement on Monday that it was pursuing “targeted sanctions” against Syria heralds a likely shift by western...

  22. April 25, 2011

    US policy shift builds pressure on Syria

    The US announcement on Monday that it was pursuing “targeted sanctions” against Syria heralds a likely shift by western...

  23. March 27, 2011

    Syrians see through ruling family’s rhetoric

    Having watched the rulers of Egypt and Tunisia let their rebellious subjects gather strength in the streets and then tumble...

  24. January 29, 2011

    Lebanese government still in flux

    Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Najib Mikati, ended two days of consultations on forming a government on Friday amid...

  25. January 27, 2011

    Hizbollah sees political gains in Lebanon

    After months of tension, the fall of a government, clashes on the streets and a frenzy of mediation, Hizbollah has what it...

  26. January 25, 2011

    Violence after Hizbollah kingmaking

    A protester in Sidon as Lebanese security forces prepared for a ‘day of rage’ Hizbollah and its allies in Lebanon have...

  27. January 25, 2011

    Lebanon braced for ‘day of anger’ against Hizbollah

    A protester in Sidon as Lebanese security forces prepare for a ‘day of anger’ Security forces in Lebanon are braced for what...

  28. January 25, 2011

    Billionaire leads race for Lebanese PM

    A billionaire businessman backed by Hizbollah looked set to receive the fiercely contested nomination for premiership of...

  29. January 24, 2011

    Crisis exposes Lebanon’s weaknesses

    In recent years, Lebanon has been eating, drinking, sunbathing and luxury apartment-building its way to annual economic...

  30. January 24, 2011

    Comment: Tunisia carries wider responsibility

    Tunisians have been exemplary in every aspect of their revolution. To the great surprise of all those watching events unfold...

  31. January 23, 2011

    Rival Lebanese groups race to secure support

    Beirut nervously awaited the next act of its destabilising political drama on Sunday, as the western-backed caretaker...

  32. January 21, 2011

    Hizbollah to profit in Lebanon power shift

    A former ally of Lebanon’s western-backed caretaker prime minister has given his support to the opposition, potentially...

  33. January 19, 2011

    Riyadh ‘washes its hands’ of Lebanon

    Saudi Arabia has “washed its hands of Lebanon’’ as mediation efforts reached a deadlock, leading to a “dangerous’’ situation...

  34. January 17, 2011

    Tribunal files Hariri murder indictment

    A person prays at the tomb of assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri The spectre of violence stalked...

  35. January 16, 2011

    Hizbollah leader says country entering ‘new phase’

    Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah hinted at his conditions for the formation of a new government on Sunday night, in...

  36. January 14, 2011

    Hariri ‘chooses dignity over power’

    Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, whose government was brought down by the radical Shia group Hizbollah earlier this week,...

  37. January 13, 2011

    Deadlock in Beirut

    The fall of Lebanon’s “unity” government, collapsed by the withdrawal of Hizbollah and its allies ahead of the expected...

  38. January 13, 2011

    Hizbollah pulls rug from under leader

    It is extraordinary for a leader to go to Washington as prime minister but emerge from a meeting with Barack Obama, US...

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