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    1. July 31, 2015

      Art and Lebanon: beauty amid the rubble

      Arriving in Beirut in 1873, the Victorian artist and orientalist Frederic Leighton described it in a letter home as a...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      July 27, 2015

      Clearing the roads

      Lebanese army soldiers stand next of their armored personnel carriers as they prepare to reopen a highway linking...

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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. June 5, 2015

      The Art Market: Lebanon draws attention

      Tony Salamé, the Lebanese founder of the Aïshti fashion chain, hopes to put Lebanon on the contemporary art map with a...

    2. May 31, 2015

      Power vacuum in Lebanon highlights threat to Christians

      Lebanon is the one country in the Middle East with a Christian president, and it has not had one for a year. This...

    3. May 8, 2015

      Lebanon’s Hizbollah and Yemen’s Houthis open up on links

      They are hundreds of miles apart and their local struggles have little in common, yet Lebanon’s Shia force Hizbollah...

    4. May 6, 2015

      Lebanon tackles its problems — one traffic ticket at a time

      You would think Lebanon is consumed by the threat of jihadis knocking at the border gates. Or the more than 1m Syrian...

    5. May 6, 2015

      The rise of female entrepreneurs in Lebanon

      In Bachoura, a rundown quarter of central Beirut, a quiet revolution is gathering strength. From the balcony of a new...

    6. April 8, 2015

      Mixed messages in a divided region

      In the middle of last year, with Iraq racked by a fresh outbreak of Sunni-Shia bloodshed, a family picture countering...

    7. March 28, 2015

      Islamist groups seize Syrian city Idlib for first time

      BEIRUT, March 28 — Islamist groups including al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front have seized the city of Idlib for the first time in...

    8. March 13, 2015

      The Lebanese designers now gaining global recognition

      Lebanon’s thriving design scene Lebanon is a country with a history of instability that might have inhibited or indeed...

    9. February 15, 2015

      Ten years on, Hariri assassination still resonates in Lebanon

      On Valentine’s Day 10 years ago, a ball of fire in Beirut’s main hotel district caused a massacre. A bomb attack on a...

    10. FT Photo Diary

      February 11, 2015

      Beirut storm

      Fishermen move a boat that had been blown inland during a storm, by the seaside in Beirut on Wednesday ...

    11. January 30, 2015

      Golan dangers mount as Hizbollah ditches battle ‘rules’

      For Israelis and Lebanese, Hizbollah’s border attack this week brought back uncomfortable memories of the start of...

    12. January 30, 2015

      ‘The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’, by Elias Khoury

      In the backstreets of Beirut, amid the old Ottoman buildings pockmarked by bullet holes, lurks a shadowy figure known...

    13. January 21, 2015

      Jihadi jailers put Beirut in a bind

      Lebanon is a peculiar country where life sometimes resembles a Hollywood thriller. So many unusual, if not outrageous,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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,...

    16. 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....

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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