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    1. July 18, 2016

      US exports gas to the Middle East

      For the US to sell gas to the energy-rich Middle East might seem like sending coal to Newcastle, but it has started to...

    2. Fast FT

      July 6, 2016

      Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail

      Lionel Messi, the Argentine footballer widely considered the best player in the world, has been sentenced to 21 months...

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    1. Emerging Voices

      Nairobi artists are banding together to avoid dependence on galleries and patrons, whi...
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      Advisers say companies hit by low oil prices are looking to sell non-core assets or re...
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    1. Fast FT

      May 26, 2016

      Oil slump straining Gulf reform efforts - Moody's

      The collapse in global oil prices is putting unprecedented strain on the cradle-to-grave welfare models of oil-rich...

    2. Fast FT

      May 16, 2016

      Treasury discloses Saudi Arabia's US debt holdings

      Saudi Arabia has emerged as one of the biggest holders of US government debt, according to data released on Monday by...

    3. Fast FT

      May 16, 2016

      Goldman upgrades oil outlook as supply glut reverses

      Goldman Sachs is getting bullish on oil – sort of. A supply deficit – driven by disruptions in Nigeria and robust...

    4. May 11, 2016

      Oil catapulted high as US stockpiles surprise

      Oil prices jumped on Wednesday lifted by a surprise decline in US crude stocks and news of another supply outage in...

    5. April 25, 2016

      Saudi-led coalition launches campaign in southern Yemen

      The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Monday said it had launched strikes against al-Qaeda in the southern Yemeni city of...

    6. April 21, 2016

      Oil holds gains on stronger market outlook

      Crude oil charged to its best level since early November on Thursday, before pulling back in volatile trading, leaving...

    7. Fast FT

      April 20, 2016

      Brent crude hits highest level since November

      Brent crude has marched to its highest level in five months. The global oil benchmark advanced as much as 4 per cent to...

    8. FT Alphaville

      April 20, 2016

      Strikes don't have to be impolite, Kuwaiti oil workers edition

      Take the end to the protest by oil workers in Kuwait: After striking earlier in the week over public sector pay reform,...

    9. Fast FT

      April 20, 2016

      Oil drops as Kuwait strike ends

      As if the oil market didn’t have enough to worry about with a massive glut and failed freeze talks, Kuwaiti oil workers...

    10. Fast FT

      April 20, 2016

      End of Kuwait strike weighs on oil

      Political developments in Kuwait are providing the latest twist for oil prices. A strike which hampered production in...

    11. April 19, 2016

      Oil market in temporary balance as supply disruptions buoy price

      A workers’ strike in Kuwait that has temporarily halved its crude output and a string of global supply disruptions...

    12. April 18, 2016

      Oil and markets: do ha, ha

      It is not often that labour trumps capital. Opec ministers, together handling the taps for a third of the world’s oil...

    13. April 18, 2016

      Oil shows resilience as production deal collapses

      After a deal to curb oil production collapsed late on Sunday evening, Qatar’s energy minister was quick to put a...

    14. April 18, 2016

      Commodity currencies slide after failed Doha summit

      Pressure on currency reserves is one of the fallouts that strategists expect to materialise from the failed Doha summit...

    15. April 18, 2016

      Oil price fall capped by rebalancing hopes

      Oil prices remained slightly weaker on Monday after a meeting of major exporters ended without a deal to freeze...

    16. Fast FT

      April 18, 2016

      Oil: what the analysts are saying. (Spoiler: watch Kuwait)

      Oil prices have slipped following news that there won’t be an output freeze by the world’s biggest producers after...

    17. April 17, 2016

      Kuwait forced to temporarily cut oil output by public sector strike

      A strike on Sunday by public sector workers in Kuwait has forced the Gulf state to temporarily reduce its oil output,...

    18. April 16, 2016

      Oil producers’ Doha summit: what you need to know

      Some of the world’s biggest oil producers will meet in the Qatari capital of Doha this Sunday to thrash out a deal to...

    19. April 15, 2016

      Kuwaiti currency basket yield benefits

      Kuwait’s abandonment of its strict dollar peg has reduced exchange rate volatility without pushing up inflation....

    20. April 3, 2016

      Gulf nations left to raid reserves

      Earlier this year, a sleepy, little-watched, financial gauge sprang to life. The moribund forwards market for the Saudi...

    21. beyondbrics

      March 29, 2016

      EM dollar recession eclipses 1998-99 in depth

      By James McCormack, Fitch The strength of the US dollar is the single most important issue of the many facing emerging...

    22. March 22, 2016

      Lower oil tests sovereign wealth funds

      Bader Al Sa’ad, the head of the Kuwait Investment Authority, isn’t spending much time these days assessing new...

    23. March 21, 2016

      Gulf states will be forced to tap debt markets, warns Moody’s

      Oil-rich Gulf governments will be forced to rely on debt markets as their fiscal deficits rise to $270bn amid an...

    24. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      Open and non-Opec oil producers to meet in April

      Opec and non-Opec producer countries will meet in Doha on April 17, Qatar’s energy minister said on Wednesday. The...

    25. February 11, 2016

      Gulf states’ spending splurge set to open door to private sector

      Bahrain and Saudi Arabia announced plans on Thursday to expand the King Fahd Causeway linking the two countries from 17...

    26. January 25, 2016

      Halliburton slumps to $666m net loss for 2015 amid oil price rout

      Earnings from Halliburton, the US oilfield services group, on Monday highlighted the wide variation in the impact of...

    27. Fast FT

      January 18, 2016

      Opec output dipped, but price pressure 'persists'

      Opec production declined in December from the previous month, led by a drop in output from Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq...

    28. January 14, 2016

      Gulf currency pegs: Oman, Bahrain seen as most under threat

      The dramatic slide in crude prices has led to a surge in speculation that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil...

    29. January 6, 2016

      Sunni and Shia: explaining the divide

      What caused the schism in Islam? The schism that led Muslims to split into two main denominations, Sunni and Shia,...

    30. The Exchange

      January 5, 2016

      Saudi clash with Iran rashly complicates Mideast affairs

      Even before the rash decision to execute the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the Middle East was being riven by failed...

    31. December 22, 2015

      Crude oil sinks to 11-year low as oversupply fears intensify

      Brent crude dropped to its lowest level in more than a decade on Monday, surpassing lows reached in the depths of the...

    32. December 3, 2015

      FT Seasonal Appeal: Vulnerable migrants in the Gulf

      Sunita Tamang sold her jewellery and borrowed from her neighbours to make the journey from her village in the shadow of...

    33. November 14, 2015

      Paris attacks fuel EU migration debate

      Hours after the shooting stopped in Paris, France’s worst-ever terrorist attack began to reverberate on Europe’s vexed...

    34. November 13, 2015

      How did Mohammed Emwazi become ‘Jihadi John’?

      Mohammed Emwazi, the man who became known globally as “Jihadi John”, was born in Kuwait in 1988. At the age of six, he...

    35. November 12, 2015

      BAE Systems cuts earnings target for 2015 and 370 jobs

      BAE Systems on Thursday admitted its long awaited order for 48 Typhoon fighter jets from Saudi Arabia would not land...

    36. October 6, 2015

      Fiction: Middle East under scrutiny

      As the Arab world grapples with unrest across many of its countries, the Arab novel, a form that has undergone...

    37. September 11, 2015

      Eurofighter closes in on €8bn Kuwait deal

      Kuwait has agreed a memorandum of understanding to buy up to €8bn worth of Eurofighter Typhoon jets — a deal that, if...

    38. September 4, 2015

      Gulf states under pressure to take Syrian migrants

      As images of desperate Syrian migrants shock Europe, rights groups have called on the oil-rich Gulf states to take...

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