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  1. April 13, 2014

    Gas attack on Syrian village renews fears over chemical weapons

    Reports of gas attacks on a rural village in Syria have demonstrated how non-conventional arms remain a threat in the...

  2. The World

    April 10, 2014

    Smart reads, April 10, 2014

    From the FT: The mining arm of Beny Steinmetz’s business empire won its rights to a multibillion-dollar iron-ore prospect in...

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  1. FT Photo Diary

    April 3, 2014

    Rebel fighter in Damascus

    Bassam Khabieh/Reuters A rebel fighter gestures as he runs across a street in the Mleha suburb of Damascus, during what...

  2. March 25, 2014

    Rebels capture first outlet to Syria’s Mediterranean coast

    Rebels seized a coastal area in north-western Syria on Tuesday, activists said, part of a fresh offensive on President...

  3. 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...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    March 19, 2014

    Watching Syria

    Menahem Kahana/AFP Israeli soldiers deployed on the border with Syria keep watch from the Israeli side of the border near...

  5. The World

    March 14, 2014

    Ukraine, Syria and global attention-deficit-disorder

    How do we decide what matters in the world? The question is prompted by the coincidence of the crisis in Ukraine and the...

  6. March 6, 2014

    Syrian armed opposition pins hopes on southern front

    Syrian opposition fighters and their international backers are preparing for what some activists and armed battalions...

  7. 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 –...

  8. February 28, 2014

    Rebels oust jihadi group Isis from Azaz in northern Syria

    Moderate rebels in northern Syria on Friday wrested control of a major border transit point from an extremist al-Qaeda...

  9. February 28, 2014

    Rebel Aleppo TV channel is go-to news source in northern Syria

    Khalil Agha knew that the tiny Syrian opposition television station he runs from southern Turkey was making waves in his...

  10. February 25, 2014

    Israeli jets strike targets in Lebanon

    Israeli jets struck a mountainous area near the Lebanese-Syrian border late Monday, hitting a transit point in the war...

  11. February 16, 2014

    Fighters rally after Syria talks end in failure

    The Damascus regime and its opponents appeared ready to rally fighters and step up military efforts after talks in Geneva...

  12. February 15, 2014

    Syria peace talks end without agreement

    Peace talks to end the increasingly grim civil war in Syria concluded with little substantive success on Saturday, largely...

  13. February 7, 2014

    Syria crisis: Aid workers begin evacuation of besieged Homs

    UN and local aid workers began evacuating women, the old and children from Homs on Friday amid reports of a ceasefire to...

  14. January 31, 2014

    Syria peace talks end without agreement

    The preliminary round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva ended inconclusively on Friday, with representatives of both the...

  15. January 26, 2014

    Bashar al-Assad to allow women and children to leave besieged Homs

    Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime pledged to allow women and children besieged inside the city of Homs to leave “immediately”...

  16. January 21, 2014

    Syrians view Geneva talks with suspicion and faint hope

    Milk is a precious commodity in Susan Ahmed’s northern Damascus neighbourhood, available perhaps once every three months and...

  17. January 19, 2014

    Opposition threatens to pull out of Syria talks

    Syria’s main political opposition has threatened to withdraw from international peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the...

  18. January 15, 2014

    Assad fails to break Syrian stalemate despite rebel infighting

    Confrontation between rebels and al-Qaeda extremists in Syria has revealed the limitations of Bashar al-Assad’s armed...

  19. January 13, 2014

    US and Russia to push for ceasefires to allow aid flows in Syria

    The Syrian government and some of the rebel groups it is fighting might be willing to sign local ceasefires and to allow...

  20. January 7, 2014

    Al-Qaeda’s spectre spreads to Iraq

    Two years ago the US withdrew the last of its troops from Iraq, ending a mission that cost thousands of American lives and...

  21. January 5, 2014

    Syrian rebels make concerted attack on al-Qaeda-linked fighters

    Syrian rebels have launched what appears to be a co-ordinated armed assault against a transnational group with a hardline...

  22. January 1, 2014

    A start-up amid Syria’s civil war

    As Rabie Nasser explains his new socioeconomic think-tank, the sounds of intermittent shelling that form the backdrop to...

  23. December 26, 2013

    A year in a word: Red line – a phrase devalued

    (noun) – a boundary or limit that should not be crossed; and, if it is, only at peril of violent retribution (See also:...

  24. 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...

  25. December 13, 2013

    UN inspectors indicate chemical weapons were used in Syria

    Chemical weapons were probably used in five of seven attacks UN inspectors investigated in Syria, according to the team’s...

  26. December 12, 2013

    Afghanistan on the Mediterranean Sea

    Ever since the Syrian civil war erupted three years ago, the US has struggled to establish which among Bashar al-Assad’s...

  27. December 10, 2013

    Syrian opposition activist Razan Zaitouneh kidnapped at gunpoint

    Masked gunmen seized an internationally renowned Syrian opposition activist and human rights lawyer from a suburb of...

  28. December 1, 2013

    Profiteers become another obstacle to peace in Syria

    In the charred ruins of a Damascus suburb recently recaptured by government forces, a little girl balancing on a pile of...

  29. FT Photo Diary

    November 29, 2013

    Syrian fight school

    Diaa Al-Din/Reuters Islamist fighters show off their weapons skills at a graduation ceremony at a military training camp in...

  30. November 25, 2013

    Syria exudes confidence ahead of Geneva peace talks

    Syria says it does not expect any international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to step down during peace talks in...

  31. November 22, 2013

    Hizbollah tightens grip on Syria conflict

    The Iranian chicken is no longer available in the freezers of the government-subsidised shops in Damascus, but the memory of...

  32. 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...

  33. November 5, 2013

    Assad is using starvation to commit his massacres

    Autumn in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley has been lingering and mercifully clement, not just for its golden vineyards, ancient...

  34. October 31, 2013

    Syria chemical equipment ‘destroyed’

    Syria has destroyed its chemical weapons production and mixing capabilites, an arms watchdog said on Thursday, surprising...

  35. The A-List

    October 21, 2013

    Saudi Arabia’s missed opportunity

    By Ian Bremmer and Vuk Jeremic On Thursday Saudi Arabia was elected to the UN Security Council as one of the 10 rotating...

  36. October 18, 2013

    Syrian refugee ‘Mohammed’ on refusing to lose hope

    In a ramshackle garage in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a very Syrian stand-off is taking place. There aren’t enough of the...

  37. October 17, 2013

    Rebel-held Damascus suburbs endure hunger over Eid

    A fatwa that allows Muslims to eat cats and dogs has been issued in rebel-held areas of south Damascus, residents say,...

  38. October 15, 2013

    Syria crisis prompts calls for China to toughen foreign policy

    When Zhang Xun, China’s ambassador to Syria, arrived in Damascus more than two years ago there were 1,200 Chinese citizens...

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