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  1. September 4, 2014

    Isis sends a gruesome message but reveals little about itself

    When Osama bin Laden wanted to deliver a message to the west, he summoned a journalist or a television network. Before the...

  2. June 30, 2014

    Isis Q&A: why ‘caliphate’ declaration is an effort to topple al-Qaeda

    On Sunday, the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) – whose campaign of terror has...

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    Cyber attacks on the likes of eBay, Yahoo and US retailer Target have raised public co...
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  1. FT Alphaville

    June 20, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - Can we declare the global financial crisis ended? - How to lose $1bn, Yeshiva University blows its...

  2. Business Blog

    June 18, 2014

    Chilling management logic behind Isis's annual terror reports

    Isis infographic detailing attacks by type (Institute for the Study of War) Chilling though it is to read how the Islamic...

  3. The A-List

    June 1, 2014

    Pakistan’s polio disgrace

    For a country of 200m, with a modern economy, an elected democratic government, nuclear weapons and one of the largest...

  4. The World

    May 23, 2014

    Empty symbolism of UN's blacklist of Boko Haram

      Nigerian teachers at a rally in Lagos protesting against the abduction of 200 schoolgirls and the killing of 173 of their...

  5. April 18, 2014

    ‘The Wrong Enemy’, by Carlotta Gall; ‘Magnificent Delusions’, by Husain Haqqani

    The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014, by Carlotta Gall, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, RRP$28, 352 pages...

  6. March 26, 2014

    Bin Laden son-in-law found guilty

    Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was convicted on Wednesday by a federal court in New York of conspiring to kill Americans, the...

  7. FT Alphaville

    March 20, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Thursday, - A little bit of speculation. - ‘Strangers’ in a train station. - What Pakistan knew about Bin...

  8. The World

    January 12, 2014

    McCain on Gates on McCain

    By Richard McGregor in Washington After sensitive details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden began leaking, an...

  9. Material World

    January 10, 2014

    Tiffany joins hottest fashion trend: documentaries

    Getty Images Following Vogue (The September Issue), Gucci (The Director), Bergdorf Goodman (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s),...

  10. January 9, 2014

    US feared threat from ‘virtual bin Laden’

    US intelligence experts were worried that Osama bin Laden would be reincarnated in an “immortal” form: as a virtual avatar,...

  11. November 28, 2013

    Review: Dirty Wars

    Dirty Wars should be more shocking than it is. Richard Rowley’s documentary zones in on the alleged rogue atrocities of...

  12. October 20, 2013

    US offers $1.6bn in aid to Pakistan ahead of White House talks

    The White House has quietly cleared the way for the release of $1.6bn in military and economic assistance to Pakistan ahead...

  13. 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,...

  14. September 17, 2013

    Obama is beginning to sound like a lame duck

    Barack Obama had an eventful presidency. He came into office during the worst financial crisis in three generations, helped...

  15. The World

    September 9, 2013

    Rainbow coalition: Australia's colourful candidates

    Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National coalition yesterday won a commanding lower house majority, ending six years of Labor party...

  16. The World

    August 27, 2013

    Why Syria is not Iraq, despite the shadow

    Should the west intervene in Syria? Whatever it does, it will do so in the shadow of the war in Iraq. Tony Blair, the prime...

  17. August 21, 2013

    US military tested using Twitter to profile civilians in anti-terror scheme

    The US military has been investigating how to track security threats from terrorism to money laundering by mining public...

  18. July 9, 2013

    Osama Bin Laden’s life on the run revealed in Pakistan inquiry

    ISLAMABAD – Osama bin Laden lived in plain sight for almost a decade and was once even pulled over for speeding but not...

  19. May 22, 2013

    Global Insight: Obama’s choice of tools to combat terrorism comes under scrutiny

    Perhaps the one thing that friends and foes agree on about Barack Obama is that he gives a good speech. Republicans roll...

  20. beyondbrics

    May 8, 2013

    London headlines

    * China trade growth accelerates in April * Mexico’s auto boom * Russia and US agree to Syria conference after Moscow talks...

  21. May 7, 2013

    Russia and US agree to Syria conference after Moscow talks

    Russia and the US agreed to hold a peace conference to find a solution to the conflict in Syria, even as President Barack...

  22. May 2, 2013

    Prevention is better than cure when it comes to health scares

    Swansea in Wales is experiencing a serious measles outbreak, with 1,000 cases and one suspected death so far. The outbreak...

  23. April 24, 2013

    US debates between civil liberties and war on terror

    Barack Obama will make a rare public appearance alongside George W. Bush on Thursday, 10 days after the Boston bombing gave...

  24. March 8, 2013

    Bin Laden son-in-law pleads not guilty

    Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who acted as an al-Qaeda spokesman, pleaded not guilty on Friday to...

  25. March 7, 2013

    Bin Laden son-in-law taken to US

    A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who acted as an al-Qaeda spokesman will appear before a New York court on Friday on charges...

  26. March 3, 2013

    Lessons from Iraq a decade after war

    In March 2003 the US and UK decided to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. Much has happened since, most notably the wave...

  27. February 25, 2013

    CIA Iran drama wins on Oscar night

    Argo won the Oscar for best picture at the 85th Academy Awards on a night when no single film dominated the ceremony and Ang...

  28. February 22, 2013

    CIA shifts Hollywood gaze to its best side

    If the Golden Globe awards last month are any guide, one of the big winners at Sunday’s Oscars will be, unusually for such...

  29. The World

    February 7, 2013

    Ten questions for John Brennan

    (AP) John Brennan’s confirmation hearing on Thursday for CIA director is shaping up to be a rare moment of scrutiny into the...

  30. February 3, 2013

    Al-Qaeda: The jihadi hydra

    When Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011, a long, bloody and controversial battle seemed to be drawing to a close. The...

  31. January 24, 2013

    Cinema review: Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and The Last Stand

    History sets a man on a plinth. Biography’s job, on page or screen, is to take him off it and render him human. In Lincoln...

  32. January 11, 2013

    Pakistan’s victims

    Rarely has extremism become such an enemy of human health as in Pakistan. Alongside an escalating campaign of indiscriminate...

  33. December 19, 2012

    The pursuit of an Afghan peace deal

    The Pakistanis say it is the belligerent Americans who have changed their stance. The US and the Afghan government insist...

  34. December 19, 2012

    Killings hit anti-polio drive in Pakistan

    A drive to eradicate polio has been suspended in parts of Pakistan after suspected Islamist militants killed eight health...

  35. December 13, 2012

    A juggernaut in Middle-earth

    “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, announces the poster. Unexpected? By whom? Among the great certainties of earthly...

  36. December 3, 2012

    Hunt for bin Laden cuts the CIA clichés

    Britain has MI6 super-spy James Bond, who recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first cinematic adventure; the US...

  37. November 2, 2012

    Campaign sucks hope out of US public

    The winner of Tuesday’s American presidential election is hard to predict. The larger outcome, though, seems clear: a...

  38. October 24, 2012

    Pakistan thrives on conspiracy theory

    It is a well-known fact in Pakistan that Osama bin Laden died in 2006 and that the US commando raid on his compound in May...

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