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    1. February 4, 2016

      World leaders pledge billions in aid for Syria

      World leaders gathered in London on Thursday pledged billions of dollars in aid for refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war,...

    2. February 4, 2016

      Europe’s ports vulnerable as ships sail without oversight

      As Europe’s politicians struggle to control a deepening migrant crisis and staunch the rising threat of Islamist...

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    1. New Trade Routes: Arab World

      Despite widespread unrest in the region, countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt are ...
    2. Investing in the Arab World

      Political upheaval and the sharp fall in oil prices in the region — including Saudi Ar...
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    1. February 4, 2016

      Britain to double emergency aid to Syria

      Britain is to more than double its aid for Syria in a bid to put pressure on other countries to follow suit, as...

    2. January 25, 2016

      China-made ‘$5 insanity’ drug goes global

      On the street, the drug is called “$5 insanity” because of its quick, cheap hit. Alternatively known as Flakka, it is...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      January 19, 2016

      Beirut waterfront

      Citizens take ‘selfies’ on the seafront at the waterfront promenade, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday. Temperatures in...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      January 15, 2016

      Lebanon's refugees

      Syrian refugees look on during a visit by Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening on Friday,...

    5. FT Photo Diary

      January 14, 2016

      Sunset tourism

      Tourists take pictures under Rawcheh Sea Rock as they ride a boat while the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea in...

    6. 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,...

    7. January 6, 2016

      The Middle East schism threatens more ruin in 2016

      It was an image I’d seen many times in the past but in the last days of 2015 it was unusually refreshing. A glittering...

    8. 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...

    9. December 28, 2015

      Hundreds of civilians and fighters evacuated from Syria

      Hundreds of fighters and civilians were evacuated from two besieged areas of Syria on Monday in a UN-brokered deal...

    10. December 26, 2015

      Syrian rebel leader killed in air raid

      A senior commander of the powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam has been killed in an air raid on eastern Ghouta,...

    11. FT Photo Diary

      December 10, 2015

      Decorating the tree

      A worker decorates a Christmas tree designed by Lebanese designer Elie Saab in front of the Al-Amin mosque in Beirut,...

    12. The Exchange

      December 3, 2015

      The Arab world must rejoin the fight against Isis in Syria

      The lack of reaction from the Arab and wider Muslim world after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut is both...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      December 1, 2015

      Finally freed

      A Lebanese policeman who was kidnapped by Nusra Front, waves as he carried by his relatives upon his arrival at the...

    14. December 1, 2015

      Lebanon exchanges prisoners with al-Qaeda in Syria

      Jabhat al-Nusra, Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, on Tuesday released 16 Lebanese servicemen held hostage for more than a year,...

    15. November 27, 2015

      Art world ‘trying to hijack’ photography, says Don McCullin

      Don McCullin, the celebrated British war photographer, said the art world was “trying to hijack” photography from its...

    16. FT Alphaville

      November 16, 2015

      Facebook's new responsibilities after Paris

      Facebook’s “Safety Check” feature is probably the most humane way the company has leveraged its global reach and...

    17. November 14, 2015

      Beirut’s designers find tough times stimulate their creativity

      Despite political and economic strains, Beirut’s design community is flourishing. From architecture to furniture...

    18. November 12, 2015

      Beirut suicide bombings kill at least 37

      At least 37 people were killed and more than 180 wounded in two blasts that rocked Beirut on Thursday evening. The...

    19. November 5, 2015

      Robert Fadel, Lebanese MP and businessman

      Robert Fadel admits he has achieved little in Beirut’s sectarian and paralysed parliament. “I wear two hats,” he says....

    20. November 3, 2015

      Ahmed Chalabi used exile years to forge US ties

      Born in Iraq in 1944 to an affluent Shia family, Ahmed Chalabi spent much of his life in exile in the UK or the US, and...

    21. October 21, 2015

      Tehran’s alliance with Moscow may be shortlived, say experts

      Iran’s new military co-operation with Russia may prove to be little more than a short-term alliance, say experts in...

    22. October 18, 2015

      Brussels draws up plan to resettle 200,000 refugees across Europe

      Brussels will propose a large-scale refugee resettlement scheme early next year in a move that could see 200,000...

    23. The World

      October 16, 2015

      EU deal with Turkey looks tawdry

      The EU package for Turkey agreed at the latest Brussels summit on the refugee crisis looks pretty desperate. The...

    24. October 11, 2015

      UN and World Bank seek bond markets funds for refugee hosts

      The UN and World Bank have launched a push to raise billions of dollars in the bond markets and dramatically increase...

    25. October 9, 2015

      My Syria: a journey through lost souks, spices and mulberry fields

      Syria’s culinary richness remembered Memory has a funny way of playing tricks on you. Until very recently, I was...

    26. FT Photo Diary

      October 6, 2015

      Beirut fishing

      A Lebanese angler casts his fishing pole from a rocky coastal area along the Beirut coastline as the sun rises over the...

    27. September 17, 2015

      A Syrian Love Story — film review

      Sean McAllister’s blistering documentary A Syrian Love Story observes a couple coming together, then apart, under the...

    28. FT Photo Diary

      September 16, 2015

      Political crisis in Beirut

      A protester kicks a barrier near riot police that are blocking a street leading to the parliament building where a...

    29. September 15, 2015

      Perils of mandatory migrant quotas in Europe

      Western Europeans are indulging in an orgy of self-righteousness over the Syrian refugee crisis, and eastern Europeans...

    30. September 14, 2015

      PM likely to push for Syria air strikes despite Corbyn opposition

      David Cameron is looking to ignore opposition from new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and push for parliamentary assent...

    31. September 9, 2015

      Australia to take an extra 12,000 Syrian refugees

      Australia plans to take in an extra 12,000 Syrian refugees to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and...

    32. September 8, 2015

      Refugee welcome wears thin among Syria’s neighbours as war drags on

      Images of bedraggled Syrian migrants, many of them small children, trekking thousands of miles with little more than...

    33. September 7, 2015

      Britain to take 20,000 Syrian refugees — but not from Europe

      David Cameron said on Monday that Britain would accept 20,000 Syrian refugees, but politicians at home and abroad...

    34. September 4, 2015

      Drowned Syrian boys and their mother buried in home town Kobani

      Their journey was supposed to take them to a new life in Europe. Instead, it ended in three dusty cemetery plots in...

    35. September 3, 2015

      Cheniere Energy chief pushes for a global spot market in LNG

      The former Wall Street banker behind plans to launch the first large-scale US natural gas exports to Europe and Asia...

    36. September 3, 2015

      Refugee crisis is not only about Europe

      As this week’s chilling images remind us, global attention on the millions of refugees fleeing Syria has largely...

    37. August 26, 2015

      Beirut’s revolution that reeks of the decay of the Arab state

      I felt assaulted the second I stepped out of the airport in Beirut. Not by guns or bullets, but by an overwhelming,...

    38. FT Photo Diary

      August 25, 2015

      Political wall

      A Lebanese activist paints graffiti on a concrete wall installed by authorities near the main Lebanese government...

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