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    1. The World

      August 22, 2016

      White House Countdown - Drip, drip, drip

      Do you hear that leaky faucet? That’s the sound of the never-ending Hillary Clinton email saga, which 77 days out from...

    2. August 8, 2016

      Nudge is better than legislation for executive pay guidance

      The 2016 Olympic Games have begun in the wake of the 2015 pay Olympiad among FTSE 100 bosses. Here, the motto was...

    Special Reports

    1. Investing in the Arab World

      Advisers say companies hit by low oil prices are looking to sell non-core assets or re...
    2. Year in the Arab World

      The past year will be remembered as one of the Middle East’s most tumultuous, a time o...
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    1. Fast FT

      July 28, 2016

      Abu Dhabi sovereign fund buys 20% of Investcorp

      Bahrain-based Investcorp said Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company had agreed to acquire a 20 per cent interest in...

    2. Fast FT

      June 28, 2016

      Bahrain junked by Fitch

      Fitch has downgraded Bahrain to “BB+”, becoming the latest agency to move its ratings on the Gulf nation into junk...

    3. June 21, 2016

      Bahrain crackdown fans the sectarian flames

      This week’s move by the authorities in Bahrain to strip the country’s most prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, of...

    4. June 20, 2016

      Bahrain revokes top Shia cleric’s citizenship

      Bahrain has stripped the nationality of the Gulf state’s most senior Shia cleric as the Sunni monarchy deepens a...

    5. June 14, 2016

      Bahraini court suspends the main political opposition party

      A Bahraini court suspended the main opposition group as the Gulf monarchy widened a crackdown on dissent, five years...

    6. May 30, 2016

      Bahrain doubles custodial sentence for opposition leader

      A Bahrain appeals court has more than doubled the custodial sentence for the country’s main opposition leader. Sheikh...

    7. Fast FT

      May 26, 2016

      Oil slump straining Gulf reform efforts - Moody's

      The collapse in global oil prices is putting unprecedented strain on the cradle-to-grave welfare models of oil-rich...

    8. FT Photo Diary

      May 20, 2016

      Crested terns in Bahrain

      A Bahraini man takes pictures with his mobile phone as great crested terns fly over their nests during the breeding...

    9. Fast FT

      May 16, 2016

      Treasury discloses Saudi Arabia's US debt holdings

      Saudi Arabia has emerged as one of the biggest holders of US government debt, according to data released on Monday by...

    10. May 11, 2016

      Middle East governments set debt record as oil slumps

      Middle Eastern governments have already set a record for debt sales, as the sustained fall in oil prices weakens public...

    11. Fast FT

      May 11, 2016

      National Express boosted by new German rail operations

      UK transport group National Express cruised along in top gear during the first quarter, as it received a boost from the...

    12. May 4, 2016

      Construction groups hit by Gulf’s economic slowdown

      Protests descended into violence in the holy city of Mecca at the weekend after it emerged more than 50,000 jobs have...

    13. April 18, 2016

      Cheap oil trips up Gulf’s banks

      Late last year, tales of indebted managers closing down their businesses and fleeing the United Arab Emirates...

    14. April 16, 2016

      Oil producers’ Doha summit: what you need to know

      Some of the world’s biggest oil producers will meet in the Qatari capital of Doha this Sunday to thrash out a deal to...

    15. April 15, 2016

      Kuwaiti currency basket yield benefits

      Kuwait’s abandonment of its strict dollar peg has reduced exchange rate volatility without pushing up inflation....

    16. April 4, 2016

      Saudi Arabia acts to slow Iran’s oil exports

      Saudi Arabia has taken steps to slow Iran’s efforts at increasing oil exports, banning vessels that transport Iranian...

    17. April 3, 2016

      Gulf nations left to raid reserves

      Earlier this year, a sleepy, little-watched, financial gauge sprang to life. The moribund forwards market for the Saudi...

    18. March 21, 2016

      Gulf states will be forced to tap debt markets, warns Moody’s

      Oil-rich Gulf governments will be forced to rely on debt markets as their fiscal deficits rise to $270bn amid an...

    19. March 14, 2016

      Currency pegs in focus after Egypt devalues

      Egypt abandoned its longstanding struggle to hold the value of its currency against the dollar, a shift that could...

    20. Fast FT

      March 4, 2016

      Bahrain junked by Moody's, may face further cut

      Bahrain has been stripped of its investment grade credit rating by Moody’s thanks to the drop in crude oil prices....

    21. February 26, 2016

      Infantino elected as new Fifa president

      Fifa has elected Gianni Infantino, a top European football official, as its new president after world football’s...

    22. February 26, 2016

      Fifa poised to pick Blatter successor and agree crucial reforms

      The dramatic recent history of Fifa, world football’s governing body, has unfolded at venues across Zürich in the past...

    23. Fast FT

      February 25, 2016

      Germany and Bahrain boost National Express, but Spain a concern

      National Express has bumped up its dividend by 10 per cent after nearly doubling its pre-tax profit in 2015, although...

    24. February 23, 2016

      Bahrain reopens cancelled bond sale

      Bahrain has revived a cancelled sale of dollar-denominated debt as the tiny Gulf kingdom struggles to repair confidence...

    25. Fast FT

      February 23, 2016

      Bahrain revives cancelled bond sale

      Bahrain has revived a cancelled sale of dollar-denominated debt as the tiny Gulf kingdom struggles to repair confidence...

    26. February 17, 2016

      Oil exporting countries hit by downgrades

      Rising concerns over the fiscal and economic health of petrostates has led Standard & Poor’s to slash the credit...

    27. Fast FT

      February 17, 2016

      Bahrain junked by S&P

      Bahrain has been stripped of its investment grade credit rating by Standard & Poor’s amid the swoon in crude prices...

    28. February 11, 2016

      Gulf states’ spending splurge set to open door to private sector

      Bahrain and Saudi Arabia announced plans on Thursday to expand the King Fahd Causeway linking the two countries from 17...

    29. February 9, 2016

      Saudis make plans to deploy ground troops in Syria

      Saudi Arabia is discussing plans to deploy ground troops with regional allies, including Turkey, for a safe zone in...

    30. beyondbrics

      January 28, 2016

      Iran: old challenges take shine off new opportunities

      Iran’s Shah Mosque – a masterpiece of Persian and Islamic architecture – is renowned for the shimmer of its tilework....

    31. January 14, 2016

      Centrica joins race to strike €1bn-plus deal for Viridian

      Centrica, Britain’s biggest domestic energy supplier, is preparing a bid of more than €1bn for Viridian, Northern...

    32. January 14, 2016

      Gulf currency pegs: Oman, Bahrain seen as most under threat

      The dramatic slide in crude prices has led to a surge in speculation that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil...

    33. January 12, 2016

      Bahrain and Oman raise fuel prices to boost coffers

      Bahrain and Oman have increased fuel prices significantly as the Gulf states struggle to rein in budget deficits and...

    34. MBA blog

      January 11, 2016

      First year versus second year at Wharton business school

      One of my favourite experiences so far in the second year of my MBA is being a leadership fellow for the first-year...

    35. January 6, 2016

      Sunni and Shia: explaining the divide

      What caused the schism in Islam? The schism that led Muslims to split into two main denominations, Sunni and Shia,...

    36. The Exchange

      January 5, 2016

      Saudi clash with Iran rashly complicates Mideast affairs

      Even before the rash decision to execute the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the Middle East was being riven by failed...

    37. January 4, 2016

      Iran-Saudi dispute threatens shockwaves across Middle East

      Since Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric, tensions between the Middle East’s two...

    38. January 4, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners seize on embassy attack anger to weaken Rouhani

      They took selfies and posted cheery photos on social media as if they found setting ablaze the Saudi embassy in Tehran...

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