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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...

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  1. 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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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,...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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,...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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....

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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,...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. July 17, 2013

    Militants assassinate pro-Assad Syrian in Lebanon

    BEIRUT, July 17 – Militants assassinated a well-known supporter of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in Lebanon early on...

  38. July 15, 2013

    Hizbollah role blurs boundary of Syria conflict

    On the outskirts of Arsal, a small border town in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, a Syrian rebel whose manic behaviour suggests...

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