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    1. February 3, 2016

      Syrian peace talks fall apart as Assad forces advance on Aleppo

      Fraught Syrian peace talks have fallen apart just days after opening, with the UN special envoy suspending negotiations...

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      January 29, 2016

      FirstFT - History's most audacious scam

      Here’s a taste of today’s FirstFT email. You can sign up to receive it here. Where we’re going, we don’t need roads...

    Special Reports

    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. January 28, 2016

      Welcome to the new oil order

      The airwaves and Twitter are full of commentary about how Saudi Arabia, the rest of Opec and Russia can balance the...

    2. January 22, 2016

      Oil climbs as exit from bearish positions begins

      Traders have started to increase bets on a recovery in oil by the end of the year, backing the view that recent selling...

    3. Fast FT

      January 22, 2016

      Iranian oil tanker Serena heads to South Korea

      An Iranian oil supertanker named Serena is heading to South Korea, among the first to exit floating storage and head...

    4. 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...

    5. January 12, 2016

      Bahrain and Oman raise fuel prices to boost coffers

      Bahrain and Oman have increased fuel prices significantly as the Gulf states struggle to rein in budget deficits and...

    6. December 17, 2015

      Dubai oil benchmark under growing scrutiny

      Royal Dutch Shell has called for tougher regulation of the system that sets the price of crude shipped to Asia as...

    7. December 15, 2015

      Saudi Arabia and allies establish anti-terror military body

      Saudi Arabia has unveiled a “military alliance” of Muslim nations to fight “terrorism,” another sign of the...

    8. December 7, 2015

      Omani sovereign wealth fund holds talks to invest in Kenmare

      An Omani sovereign wealth fund is in talks to invest $100m in Kenmare Resources, owner of a Mozambican mine, after the...

    9. November 26, 2015

      Beyond the marathon: a 165km race through the Oman desert

      Beyond the marathon: the rise of the ‘ultra’ challenge “Go to crazy places — you’ll meet crazy people,” says the...

    10. September 8, 2015

      Gulf states face ‘double whammy’ of lower oil prices and rate rise

      The Gulf states have enough depressing economic news to worry about without thinking about the impact of higher US...

    11. 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...

    12. July 28, 2015

      Gaddafi’s family fled the country, were killed or face trial

      Colonel Muammer Gaddafi was captured and violently killed in October 2011 in the aftermath of Libya’s revolution. Since...

    13. July 22, 2015

      UAE drops fuel subsidies to boost finances and cut emissions

      The United Arab Emirates is to end billions of dollars worth of petrol subsidies in a bid to strengthen the Gulf...

    14. July 20, 2015

      Increased Iran oil output puts other exporters under pressure

      The lifting of sanctions against Iran is likely to prompt an increase in the Islamic Republic’s oil output and heap...

    15. June 30, 2015

      Gulf nations show promise as source of outbound FDI

      Investment from wealthy Gulf countries is highly sought after but while government sovereign wealth funds from the...

    16. June 21, 2015

      Catamaran race series organisers announce shift to foiling craft

      A sea change in world-class match sailing was confirmed on Friday when organisers of the Extreme 40 catamaran racing...

    17. May 10, 2015

      Middle East: The Iran conversation

      Syria’s misery shows no sign of ending; Libya is torn in half; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is making gains...

    18. April 28, 2015

      China oil traders become stronger force

      China’s two largest state-backed oil traders are demonstrating their growing clout in the Middle East, dominating...

    19. April 27, 2015

      Gulf states feeling the pinch as oil prices remain low

      Gulf states are beginning to feel the pinch from the slump in crude prices. The region’s governments, cushioned by...

    20. 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...

    21. March 26, 2015

      Saudi intervention adds heat to regional cold war

      Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen’s civil conflict has turned up the heat on the simmering cold war that...

    22. March 19, 2015

      US poised to charge high-profile figure after Julian Rifat deal

      A convicted insider trader, described by prosecutors as “the face of Moore Capital” in London, has co-operated with a...

    23. February 11, 2015

      Yemen rebels seize US embassy equipment

      Rebels in Yemen seized vehicles owned by the US government on Wednesday after American diplomats closed the embassy and...

    24. January 28, 2015

      Oil price fall leaves Gulf states with difficult reform choices

      Gulf states may have their political differences with Iran but they share a common taste for Persian bread, a staple...

    25. January 26, 2015

      Lone Star checks into Jurys Inn with £680m deal

      Jurys Inn became the latest target for Lone Star on Monday when the US distressed-debt investor swooped on the Irish...

    26. December 15, 2014

      Oil tankers: ship it in

      Oil’s on sale, folks. Everything’s got to go. Easy credit. Come on down to the Gulf’s big oil giveaway! The benchmark...

    27. December 8, 2014

      Risk-exposed frontier markets sell off

      Frontier markets have dipped to a six-month low as falling oil prices and the resurgent dollar weigh on exotic...

    28. December 8, 2014

      Gulf oil producers feel the pinch of price slide

      Moody's on Monday issued warnings about oil-exporting Gulf states’ ability to withstand prolonged low hydrocarbon...

    29. November 24, 2014

      John Kerry appeals for patience as Iran talks extended by seven months

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, said diplomatic efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear programme had “earned the benefit of...

    30. 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...

    31. November 9, 2014

      Financial advisers plan to desert Gulf region

      More than one in three financial advisers intend to leave the Middle East because of soaring living costs and the...

    32. November 6, 2014

      A move towards a nuclear deal with Iran

      The US and EU are holding a potentially historic meeting with Iran from Sunday, in the final stretch of negotiations on...

    33. November 5, 2014

      Market’s focus on Saudi pricing is undue

      They used to pass with little comment – but not any more. All of a sudden Saudi Arabia’s oil pricing formula is the...

    34. November 4, 2014

      Oil slides after Saudi Arabia cuts prices in US

      Oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia on Monday lowered the price it charges customers in the US in an...

    35. October 28, 2014

      Oman considers cutting energy subsidies

      A sharp fall in crude prices is putting further pressure on Oman to consider sensitive economic reforms such as cutting...

    36. October 26, 2014

      Fall in oil prices is temporary, says Saudi petrochemicals chief

      The decline in oil prices may continue for a year or so but will prove temporary as population growth spurs higher...

    37. beyondbrics

      September 12, 2014

      EM set for worst week in 10 months, but frontier markets soar

      Barring a late turnaround, emerging markets look set for their worst week in 10 months, as nervousness over the...

    38. September 7, 2014

      Shell looks to solar power to lift oil output

      In an unusual alliance of old and new energies, Royal Dutch Shell, the European oil group, and a sovereign wealth fund...

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