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    1. October 25, 2014

      Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli

      BEIRUT, October 25 – Two Lebanese soldiers died from their wounds on Saturday as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      August 29, 2014

      Syrian refugees

      Anwar Amro/AFP A Syrian woman sits next to her children sleeping on the street in Hamra Street in the Lebanese capital,...

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    1. Year in the Arab World

      The past year will be remembered as one of the Middle East’s most tumultuous, a time o...
    2. Education in the Arab World

      Literacy rates are low across the region and young people lack the skills their econom...
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    1. August 20, 2014

      Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York – review

      While other arts institutions spend the dog days playing and napping, the New Museum treats summer as a serious time. It has...

    2. August 4, 2014

      Arab turmoil makes Israel reckless and complacent

      When last week I saw a White House spokesman say that Israel’s bombing of a UN school was “totally indefensible”, I briefly...

    3. The World

      August 4, 2014

      Iraq's Christians are just one victim of a bloody conflict

      The call this weekend by bishops of the Church of England for the UK to grant asylum to the Christians driven out of the...

    4. July 25, 2014

      Baalbeck festival, Lebanon

      When the lights go up at the Temple of Bacchus on Wednesday, and the orchestra of Assi El Helani sounds its first notes, a...

    5. June 13, 2014

      Berlusconi ally extradited to Italy from Lebanon

      Former senator Marcello Dell’Utri, one of Silvio Berlusconi’s closest business partners and political allies, was extradited...

    6. May 25, 2014

      Lebanon political wrangling leaves presidency vacant

      Michel Suleiman, Lebanese president, finishes his term on Sunday with no one to replace him, as political wrangling leaves...

    7. May 16, 2014

      Lebanon on the brink

      Just after last Christmas, Mohamad Chatah, senior strategist to Saad Hariri, a former prime minister of Lebanon, was making...

    8. March 24, 2014

      Shia fighters tip balance in Assad’s favour in Syria

      Shia Muslim foreign fighters motivated by an increasingly politicised religious identity are coming to Syria to fight for...

    9. FT Photo Diary

      February 19, 2014

      Lebanon bomb blast

      Hussein Malla/AP Lebanese men carry a wounded man at the site of an explosion, near the Kuwaiti Embassy and Iran’s cultural...

    10. February 10, 2014

      Libya sees retail boom amid instability

      After a lunch of Lebanese appetisers and kebab at the shiny new Beirut restaurant, shoppers can walk to Debenhams, or stroll...

    11. January 17, 2014

      The Art Market: Catherine Grenier to head Annette and Alberto Giacometti Foundation

      Ever since the death of Annette Giacometti in 1993, the fiercest of battles has been fought over the estate of her husband...

    12. January 2, 2014

      Beirut bomb kills at least five in Hizbollah stronghold

      A powerful car bomb explosion in a Hizbollah-controlled area of southern Beirut on Thursday killed at least five people and...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      January 2, 2014

      Car bomb in Beirut

      AFP Flames rise from burning cars at the site of a car bomb that targeted Beirut’s southern suburb of Haret Hreik. A large...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. December 23, 2013

      Glimmer of light on bleak horizon

      An Arab world that so recently promised so much ends this year in unrelieved gloom, consumed by Syria’s pitiless civil war,...

    17. The World

      December 16, 2013

      Damascenes mourn the Syria they no longer recognise

      A suburb of Damascus after it was recaptured by regime forces (Getty) On a recent trip to Damascus, an acquaintance...

    18. December 4, 2013

      Hizbollah commander Hassan al-Laqqis assassinated in Beirut

      BEIRUT – A Hizbollah commander who fought in Syria’s civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon on Wednesday in an...

    19. The World

      November 27, 2013

      Smart reads, November 27, 2013

      By Luisa Frey ♦ “Are the states of the Near East coming apart – especially along faultlines between Sunni and Shia Muslims...

    20. November 26, 2013

      Middle East: Cracking up

      Middle East: Cracking up When Arabs started pouring on to the streets to challenge dynastic despots almost three years ago,...

    21. The World

      November 19, 2013

      Lebanon attack marks new stage in Syrian spillover

      The twin blasts that devastated Iran’s embassy in Beirut this morning mark a new and menacing stage in the spillover of...

    22. FT Photo Diary

      November 19, 2013

      Deadly blast in Beirut

      Hasan Shaaban/Reuters Soldiers, policemen and medical personnel gather at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy in...

    23. November 19, 2013

      Twin explosions leave 23 dead near Iran’s embassy in Beirut

      An al-Qaeda-linked Sunni extremist group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for twin blasts near Iran’s embassy in Beirut...

    24. November 10, 2013

      Lebanon’s Shia mourn martyrs amid sectarian tension over Syria

      In Beirut’s southern suburbs, people gather to hear stories of suffering. Dotted along the area’s thoroughfares are images...

    25. November 6, 2013

      Jordan’s digital green shoots

      In January, Judy Samakie and her brother Karim took a bus out of war-ravaged Aleppo in Syria to the Lebanese border and...

    26. 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...

    27. October 20, 2013

      Hizbollah Mahdi schools mix maths with doctrine

      Minds are just as important as missiles to Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group. It has invested heavily in both since its...

    28. October 9, 2013

      War in Syria is good business for people smugglers

      Abu Hussein reckons he has brought 1,000 Syrians out of the country and to the Gulf, Europe and elsewhere in the past year....

    29. October 4, 2013

      Lebanon suffers ‘flight from quality’ as Syria war hits economy

      When the Zaitunay Bay waterfront development opened in Beirut two years ago, it epitomised the consumption style that helped...

    30. September 2, 2013

      Lebanon turns to apps to avoid growing violence linked to Syria

      As violence linked to the crisis in neighbouring Syria increasingly slips over the border, the Lebanese have come up with a...

    31. The World

      August 26, 2013

      The Middle East made simple...or maybe not

      By Abigail Fielding-Smith in Beirut People struggling to understand the diabolical complexities of the Middle East may have...

    32. August 23, 2013

      Obama speaks out on Syria chemical weapons

      US President Barack Obama has called an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria a matter of “grave concern” that would...

    33. August 23, 2013

      Israel hits back at Lebanon after rocket attack

      Tensions along the Israeli-Lebanese border rose on Friday after Israel’s military said it had struck a site in southern...

    34. August 21, 2013

      Syria opposition claims hundreds die in chemical attack

      The UN Security Council held an urgent meeting on Wednesday to discuss reports of a major chemical weapons attack in Syria,...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      August 15, 2013

      Explosion in Beirut

      Mahmoud Kheir/Reuters People shout for help at the site of an explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs. Rescue workers in the...

    36. August 15, 2013

      Powerful blast kills 14 people in Hizbollah’s Beirut stronghold

      A huge car bomb killed at least 14 people in the pro-Hizbollah southern suburbs of Beirut on Thursday evening, officials...

    37. July 25, 2013

      Hizbollah members shrug off EU blacklist

      This summer’s fashionable colour in the clothes shops of the southern suburbs of Beirut is neon – only a shade brighter than...

    38. The World

      July 24, 2013

      Lebanese economy under threat from Gulf wrath against Hizbollah

      Residents gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, stronghold of Hizbollah, July 9, 2013. AFP/Getty...

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