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    1. April 1, 2015

      Isis battles for foothold on the edge of Syrian capital

      Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Isis are pushing into a southern district of Damascus in a bid to...

    2. March 31, 2015

      Instability and oil price plunge in the Arab world end boom years

      The dual challenges of rising terrorism and falling oil prices hover over the Middle East and north Africa, dashing hopes of...

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    1. Investing in the Arab World

      Political upheaval and the sharp fall in oil prices in the region — including Saudi Ar...
    2. Year in the Arab World

      The past year will be remembered as one of the Middle East’s most tumultuous, a time o...
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    1. March 31, 2015

      Middle East economies: Balancing the books proves difficult

      Foreign direct investment fell by 4 per cent in the Middle East between 2013 and 2014, the sixth consecutive year-on-year...

    2. The World

      March 26, 2015

      Saudi - Iran power struggle lays the region to waste

        As Saudi jets launched bombing raids against Yemeni rebel targets, escalating another war in the Middle East, the Sunni...

    3. March 15, 2015

      Iran talks leave Sunni Arabs fretting about Tehran’s influence

      The effrontery with which Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, and his Republican partisans in the US Congress, have...

    4. March 13, 2015

      The Lebanese designers now gaining global recognition

      Lebanon’s thriving design scene Lebanon is a country with a history of instability that might have inhibited or indeed...

    5. The Exchange

      March 4, 2015

      Netanyahu brings theatre but few answers

      It would be easy to dismiss the address given Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to a joint session of...

    6. February 23, 2015

      Lebanon raises $2bn in debt sale

      Lebanon has raised the largest sum of new government debt in its history, borrowing more than $2bn from markets in a heavily...

    7. February 20, 2015

      Lebanese border crackdown adds to the agony of refugees from Syria

      Syria’s refugee crisis After a month trying to cross into Lebanon, one Syrian man’s search for refuge ended last week in a...

    8. MBA blog

      February 19, 2015

      How global is an MBA really?

      “More than 40 per cent of the class of 2016 is international!” This is one of the first stats Stanford touted when I walked...

    9. February 15, 2015

      Ten years on, Hariri assassination still resonates in Lebanon

      On Valentine’s Day 10 years ago, a ball of fire in Beirut’s main hotel district caused a massacre. A bomb attack on a convoy...

    10. January 30, 2015

      Golan dangers mount as Hizbollah ditches battle ‘rules’

      For Israelis and Lebanese, Hizbollah’s border attack this week brought back uncomfortable memories of the start of their...

    11. January 30, 2015

      ‘The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol’, by Elias Khoury

      In the backstreets of Beirut, amid the old Ottoman buildings pockmarked by bullet holes, lurks a shadowy figure known only...

    12. January 28, 2015

      Hizbollah and Israeli strikes leave 3 dead

      Hizbollah attacked a Israeli military convoy on Wednesday morning, prompting Israel’s military to strike targets in southern...

    13. January 27, 2015

      Israel fears retaliation as rockets from Syria hit Golan Heights

      Israel’s military said that at least two rockets hit its territory in the sensitive Golan Heights border region after midday...

    14. January 23, 2015

      Davos 2015: Spectre of Isis haunts Middle East debate

      There was something symbolic about the warmth of the reception afforded to Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the president...

    15. January 21, 2015

      Jihadi jailers put Beirut in a bind

      Lebanon is a peculiar country where life sometimes resembles a Hollywood thriller. So many unusual, if not outrageous,...

    16. FT Photo Diary

      January 20, 2015

      Hezbollah funeral

      Religious figures along with Hezbollah members and supporters mourn over the coffin of Lebanon’s Hezbollah commander Mohamad...

    17. FT Photo Diary

      January 8, 2015

      Snow in the Bekaa valley

      Syrians carry water as they walk on a road near their refugee camp, at Ber-Elias village, in Bekaa valley, east Lebanon....

    18. FT Photo Diary

      January 6, 2015

      Stormy weather

      Kids play on man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of the upcoming storm in Tel Aviv’s beach front, Israel. Wind...

    19. FT Photo Diary

      January 6, 2015

      Daily living in a Lebanese refugee camp

      A Syrian girl eats a sandwich as others fill water containers at a refugee camp in Deir Zannoun village, Bekaa valley,...

    20. FT Photo Diary

      January 5, 2015

      Home is the settlement

      A young Syrian refugee covers herself with a blanket as she stands outside tents at a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias in...

    21. January 2, 2015

      Snapshot: ‘Young Syrian refugee’, by Sam Tarling

      ‘Young Syrian refugee’, by Sam Tarling There are more than half a million Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon, and...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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