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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. Arab World: Banking & Finance 2012

    Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
  2. Buying & Investing in Wine

    The shift in global economic power towards Asia is introducing new tastes into the fin...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. January 7, 2014

    Syria’s rebels challenge fearsome extremist group

    It does not just take over villages. It repaints government buildings black, hands its fighters ministerial titles and puts...

  28. beyondbrics

    January 6, 2014

    Further reading: renminbi's rise

    Monday’s treats from the beyondbrics team: the renminbi is set to go international in three years; Arab countries ask why...

  29. January 2, 2014

    Beirut bomb kills at least five in Hizbollah stronghold

    A powerful car bomb explosion in a Hizbollah-controlled area of southern Beirut on Thursday killed at least five people and...

  30. Nick Butler

    December 30, 2013

    Russia advances into the Mediterranean

    Vladimir Putin has finished the year in style, consolidating Russian control in Ukraine and winning easy brownie points for...

  31. December 29, 2013

    Saudi Arabia gives $3bn boost to Lebanese army

    Oil-rich Saudi Arabia has committed to give Lebanon $3bn to bolster its armed forces in a move meant to counter the rising...

  32. December 29, 2013

    Israel returns fire after rocket from Lebanon lands near town

    A rocket fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Sunday morning and the Israeli military returned fire, in the second such...

  33. The World

    December 27, 2013

    A bomb in Beirut and a long-running power struggle

    Scene of the huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut, killing Mohamed Chatah and at least four others on December...

  34. December 27, 2013

    Beirut blast kills Lebanese former minister who opposed Assad

    A powerful car bomb has killed a former Lebanese finance minister who served as a top adviser to the country’s main...

  35. December 18, 2013

    Egypt business profile: Lecico’s sales prove resilient

    Despite more than two years of political and economic turmoil in its main markets in Egypt and Libya, Lecico, a listed tile...

  36. December 16, 2013

    Syria refugees in Lebanon suffer as UN requests funds

    As a biting wind blows across the icy fields of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Syrian families from the province of Raqqa look...

  37. 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...

  38. FT Alphaville

    December 16, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE David has had a look at the year in FX trends. NEWS French business activity slumped...

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