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  1. July 22, 2014

    Former Alba chief executive admits receiving £2.9m of corrupt payments

    A businessman who was a star prosecution witness in the aborted trial of Canadian-British billionaire Victor Dahdaleh has...

  2. July 16, 2014

    Former Major aide rises through ranks of politics and public relations

    ● Before he was a peer, Jonathan Hill worked briefly for the Tories in the mid-1980s and was then employed as a special...

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  1. The A-List

    July 15, 2014

    Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq are a worry but the west needs to rethink the role of Saudi Arabia and Iran

    The most strident debate among western intelligence agencies is whether the reported thousands of foreign fighters involved...

  2. beyondbrics

    July 14, 2014

    The LIA and Libya's struggle to move on

    News that Abdulmagid Breish has been removed from his position as chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority brings yet...

  3. July 7, 2014

    Bahrain orders US diplomat to leave

    Bahrain demanded on Monday that a senior US diplomat leave the country, after it accused him of interfering in its affairs...

  4. June 29, 2014

    Gulf states forge links with Asia as building boom drives imports

    At the crossroads of Eurasia and Africa, the Middle East has long been an important trading hub. But the emerging markets of...

  5. The A-List

    June 17, 2014

    Unite to stop the Isis crisis engulfing the Muslim world

    The meltdown of the Iraqi state, resulting from the military successes of renegade Sunni extremist group Islamic State of...

  6. May 25, 2014

    Islamic finance: By the book

    This spring, a clutch of politicians, civil service mandarins, bankers and overseas dignitaries gathered in the gilded halls...

  7. May 22, 2014

    UAE stops using former British officers as military trainers

    The United Arab Emirates has stopped using dozens of British nationals serving as trainers in its armed forces as the Gulf...

  8. beyondbrics

    May 16, 2014

    Guest post: Serbia’s privatisation may not run smooth

    By Adam Ereli, US ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain A political earthquake shook Serbia on March 16, 2014. The Serbian...

  9. May 12, 2014

    English court reviews immunity of Bahrain prince over ‘torture’

    The prosecution service of England and Wales is facing a legal challenge in London over whether the son of Bahrain’s king is...

  10. April 27, 2014

    Lessons that help to keep the business in the family

    In the 1970s, Khalid Rashid Al Zayani watched as the trading establishment set up by his father, uncle and pearl merchant...

  11. FT Photo Diary

    April 23, 2014

    Aiming for the police

    Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters An anti-government protester takes aim at riot police with his slingshot during clashes after the...

  12. April 18, 2014

    Gulf states forge deal to end spat over Doha backing for Brotherhood

    The Gulf states have forged an initial agreement aimed at ending a regional spat over Qatar’s support for the Islamist...

  13. April 14, 2014

    Sense of gender lacking in business school programmes

    MBAs and business education programmes in general still lack a real sense of gender, specifically the differences in how men...

  14. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Arab youth turn from "Arab spring" to starting businesses

    Young Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on cushy public sector jobs in favour of working for private companies and...

  15. April 6, 2014

    Ecclestone seeks to regain grip on F1

    Bernie Ecclestone has said he would like to regain control of F1 in partnership with leading teams such as Ferrari, even as...

  16. March 27, 2014

    Allen & Overy lawyers referred to legal watchdog

    Two partners of Allen & Overy, the law firm, will be referred to the solicitors’ watchdog for their conduct during the...

  17. March 26, 2014

    Two Allen & Overy lawyers at risk of probe over Dahdaleh case

    Two partners of Allen & Overy, one of the UK’s biggest law firms by revenue, may be investigated by the solicitors’...

  18. March 23, 2014

    Time for frank US talk with Saudis

    When President Barack Obama meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia this week, there are likely to be sharp exchanges behind the...

  19. March 21, 2014

    Serious Fraud Office blamed for collapse of Victor Dahdaleh trial

    The UK’s main anti-corruption prosecution agency was on Friday squarely blamed by a judge for the collapse of a high-profile...

  20. March 18, 2014

    Leeds United faces uncertainty after conviction of Massimo Cellino

    The future of Leeds United was thrown into uncertainty after the investor who had agreed to buy the Championship club was...

  21. March 14, 2014

    Qatar prepares for sanctions if Brotherhood dispute escalates

    Qatar is preparing contingencies to ward off economic pressure threatened by its Gulf neighbours amid a continued diplomatic...

  22. March 9, 2014

    Emir of Qatar faces his first test

    Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani was supposed to be a more flexible, consensual leader – or so thought his Gulf...

  23. March 7, 2014

    Qatar stands up to Gulf neighbours over Muslim Brotherhood backing

    When Qatar-based cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi – regarded by many as a spiritual guide of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group...

  24. March 5, 2014

    Diplomatic crisis as Gulf states withdraw ambassadors from Qatar

    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from neighbouring Qatar, as frustration...

  25. The A-List

    March 5, 2014

    The Saudis and Pakistan’s strategic shift on Syria

    At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war –...

  26. March 4, 2014

    Oil prices: the world is flat

    A flat world sounds like something from the dark ages. Indeed, a world of flat oil prices could, for some, be a very...

  27. March 3, 2014

    Explosion in Bahrain raises tensions in Gulf

    Three Bahraini policemen were killed in an explosion while dispersing “rioters” on Monday, as an escalation in the tactics...

  28. FT Photo Diary

    February 13, 2014

    Fired up in Bahrain

    Hasan Jamali/AP Anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya,...

  29. February 7, 2014

    Beckham versus Cellino in game of football club owners

    Two prospective football club owners this week made pitches to become custodians of the world’s most popular sport. One was...

  30. January 24, 2014

    Law firms targeted in fallout from Dahdaleh trial

    Two of the world’s biggest law firms are being hit as part of the fallout from the collapse of a high-profile corruption...

  31. January 15, 2014

    Prince tries to break Bahrain deadlock

    Bahrain’s crown prince has made a dramatic intervention in a bid to break the Gulf state’s political deadlock, raising hopes...

  32. January 9, 2014

    Alcoa in $384m deal to settle Bahrain bribery charges

    Alcoa World Alumina has admitted links to what US authorities called a “corrupt international underworld” and agreed to a...

  33. January 7, 2014

    South Korea halts tear gas exports to Bahrain

    South Korea has suspended tear gas exports to Bahrain, citing the unstable political situation in the Gulf state. South...

  34. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2013

    Guest post: changing skies - how aviation is shifting east

    By Georges Elhedery of HSBC For centuries, the Middle East provided obvious trade hubs for merchants as they travelled...

  35. December 16, 2013

    Affluent Gulf craves more financial advice

    Investors across the Middle East would benefit greatly from an association that promotes financial advice in the region,...

  36. December 16, 2013

    Bahrain opposition calls for inquiry into aluminium producer

    Bahrain’s opposition has called for an independent investigation into state-run Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) after a corruption...

  37. December 7, 2013

    Hagel seeks to ease Gulf security concerns

    Chuck Hagel, US defence secretary, has opened the door to more advanced weapons sales to the Gulf states as Washington seeks...

  38. December 5, 2013

    Bahrain minister intervened in UK corruption court case

    A Bahraini government minister intervened in a $3bn UK criminal case by telling the UK attorney-general that allegedly...

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