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    1. December 18, 2014

      War has cost Middle East $35bn, says World Bank

      The three-year war in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, also known as Isis, has cost the...

    2. December 7, 2014

      2014 Seasonal Appeal: Letter from the editor

      The humanitarian crisis in and around Syria, as powerfully described in Erika Solomon’s report, has become a catastrophe of...

    Special Reports

    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. Arab World: Banking & Finance 2012

      Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
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    1. December 2, 2014

      Lebanon claims capture of Isis leader’s wife

      A wife of the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, has been arrested at a border crossing,...

    2. November 13, 2014

      ‘Womenomics’ is starting to transform the Muslim world

      The first convert to Islam was a businesswoman. She was a wealthy trader who inherited her father’s business and later...

    3. October 28, 2014

      Isis shows political sophistication as ferocious as its fighters

      Ever since the radical totalitarians of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant erupted into the consciousness of the world,...

    4. October 26, 2014

      Lebanese army steps up fight against Sunni militants in Tripoli

      Lebanese security forces used helicopter gunships in an assault on Islamist militant strongholds in northern Lebanon at the...

    5. October 21, 2014

      Family businesses: sons, daughters and outsiders

      Asking two extended Lebanese families to learn a Scottish country dance in the Egyptian desert might seem bizarre, but the...

    6. October 8, 2014

      Tinkering with textbooks is futile in the age of Google

      First they staged a military coup in the pursuit of happiness. Then they put on festivals so people can experience that...

    7. September 5, 2014

      Isis targets Sunni minority as it sets its sights on Lebanon

      The scene has become disturbingly common – a man forced to the ground, his throat slit by a masked militant. But the man in...

    8. 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...

    9. August 14, 2014

      Isis: Armed and dangerous

      The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis but transformed into the Islamic State since it declared its...

    10. August 6, 2014

      Saudi Arabia gives Lebanon $1bn in military aid to fend off Isis

      Saudi Arabia has agreed to give Lebanon $1bn in military aid to help it fend off an advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and...

    11. Nick Butler

      August 3, 2014

      Egypt's looming energy crisis

      A protester waves the Egyptian flag (Getty) After a decade of introspection, Europe is being forced to confront the...

    12. 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...

    13. The A-List

      July 15, 2014

      Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq are a worry but the west needs to rethink the role of Saudi Arabia and Iran

      The most strident debate among western intelligence agencies is whether the reported thousands of foreign fighters involved...

    14. July 11, 2014

      The Proms: global and diverse?

      It started with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio in 1966. Until that point, the Proms, London’s annual...

    15. June 23, 2014

      Jordan boosts border defences as Isis advances

      Jordan is shoring up its border defences after Sunni militants advanced near its eastern frontier during a weekend offensive...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. May 23, 2014

      Maronite cardinal brings controversy to Pope’s Jerusalem visit

      When Pope Francis arrives in Jerusalem on Sunday during his three-day visit to the Holy Land, another guest will join him on...

    19. May 18, 2014

      Rebels kill head of Syria’s air defence force

      The head of Syria’s air defence force has been killed in a rebel attack on the outskirts of Damascus, opposition and...

    20. May 16, 2014

      Lebanese cannabis growers thank Syrian war for flourishing trade

      Syria’s civil war has killed more than 150,000 people and forced millions to flee. But it has only brought riches to...

    21. 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...

    22. April 25, 2014

      Rouble unmoved by surprise rate rise

      Russia’s central bank unexpectedly lifted its benchmark interest rate on Friday as concerns mounted over the financial...

    23. The World

      April 15, 2014

      Loss of authoritative Middle East voice as Patrick Seale dies

      Patrick Seale, journalist and scholar, Middle East commentator and impassioned Syria expert, died last week after succumbing...

    24. April 11, 2014

      Mixed fortunes in Lebanon’s refugee economy

      Syrian refugees in Lebanon Business has never been better at Abu Hazem’s tiny grocery shop, thanks to crowds of Syrian...

    25. beyondbrics

      April 7, 2014

      Arab youth turn from "Arab spring" to starting businesses

      Young Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on cushy public sector jobs in favour of working for private companies and...

    26. 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...

    27. March 21, 2014

      Recipe: spaghetti with bottarga

      The best things need little adornment. Purists eat their caviar off the back of their hand: even a blini is deemed to get in...

    28. March 21, 2014

      Betrayal and disarray behind Syrian rebel rout in Yabroud

      A Syrian fighter wrapped in bandages rocks himself on a tattered mattress as visitors shoot rapid-fire questions, then looks...

    29. March 5, 2014

      Israel shoots Hizbollah fighters as tensions rise in Golan

      Israel’s military shot two Hizbollah fighters on Wednesday morning that it said were attempting to plant a bomb near the...

    30. beyondbrics

      March 3, 2014

      Africa's elite leap up the global billionaire rankings

      Forbes publishes its Billionaire rankings today, tracking the trials and tribulations of the world’s richest – the 1 percent...

    31. February 28, 2014

      William Duff, financial supervisor, 1922-2014

      A last official link between the Gulf’s colonial era and its commercially dynamic present, Bill Duff devoted his life to...

    32. FT Photo Diary

      February 26, 2014

      Preparing for prayers

      Ariel Schalit/AP Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria...

    33. 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...

    34. February 19, 2014

      On the slippery slope of frivolity

      Even those who keep an eye on Lebanon might be puzzled about what is currently preoccupying the good people of this...

    35. 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...

    36. February 15, 2014

      Lebanon forms government after 10-month deadlock

      BEIRUT, Feb 15 – Lebanon announced a new government on Saturday, breaking a 10-month political deadlock during which...

    37. January 20, 2014

      A chance to narrow the gaps with Iran

      Anyone surveying events in the Middle East should be utterly dismayed by the turmoil across the region. Syria is in the...

    38. The World

      January 13, 2014

      A clever tactician who was too clever by half.

      Ariel Sharon (right), then Israel's prime minister, shakes hands with Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas as US...

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