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      Islamic bond trial over $650m launches in London

      A $650m legal dispute has been launched in London’s High Court that will offer a rare glimpse into the Islamic bond market,...

    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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      The cheap cost of funds and Islamic branding have put Saudi Arabia’s Al Rajhi Bank amo...
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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. March 30, 2015

      Houthi rebels defy Saudi air raids to advance on Aden

      Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels pushed hard into the southern city of Aden. The move showed that the Shia group had no...

    3. March 30, 2015

      Sweden’s ethical foreign policy runs into Saudi sands

      It is a rare diplomatic feat to offend both Israel and Saudi Arabia. Throw in the United Arab Emirates and Sweden’s...

    4. March 29, 2015

      Middle East tensions heighten as pressure builds over Yemen

      Tensions sharpened across the Middle East on Sunday after Arab leaders sought to raise the pressure on Iran by announcing a...

    5. March 28, 2015

      Arab League agrees to set up joint force to counter Iran and Isis

      Arab leaders meeting at a summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh have agreed to the creation of a joint military...

    6. March 28, 2015

      Yemen’s ousted president vetoes ceasefire

      Yemen’s ousted president Abd-Rabbu Hadi has effectively vetoed calls for a ceasefire in the war-torn country, saying air...

    7. March 27, 2015

      Yemen strikes are test of youthful Saudi defence minister

      As Saudi jets pummelled Houthi rebel targets around the Yemeni capital Sana’a, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud was...

    8. March 27, 2015

      Houthi rebels clash with Saudi troops on Yemen’s northern border

      Shia Houthi rebels clashed with Saudi military units on Yemen’s northern border on Friday. The rebels vowed to intensify...

    9. beyondbrics

      March 27, 2015

      Guest post: South Korea deepens business ties in the Middle East

      By Mohammad Al Tuwaijri, HSBC Over the last half century, the Middle East has been a cornerstone in South Korea’s rapid...

    10. 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 has...

    11. March 26, 2015

      Decades of deadly conflict will spread across the Middle East

      The modern Middle East is like 17th-century Europe, enmeshed in violent and costly, political and religious struggles within...

    12. 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...

    13. March 26, 2015

      Oil pares gains after air strikes jump

      Crude prices pared their gains in afternoon trading on Thursday after Saudi Arabia-led air strikes on the Yemeni capital and...

    14. The Exchange

      March 26, 2015

      The Middle East Takes Another Turn for the Worse

      It was nearly a year ago when I first compared the modern Middle East to 17th-century Europe, saying that the region was...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      March 26, 2015

      Air strikes on Sana'a

      People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sana’a Airport, Yemen. Saudi...

    16. March 26, 2015

      Gulf stocks slide on Saudi action in Yemen

      Gulf stock markets have plunged after Saudi Arabia launched overnight air strikes in Yemen to prop up the struggling...

    17. March 26, 2015

      Oil price surges as Saudis launch air strikes in Yemen

      The price of oil rose on Thursday as Saudi jets bombed Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital, raising fears that the civil...

    18. FT Alphaville

      March 26, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launched air strikes againstHouthi fighters...

    19. March 25, 2015

      Gulf states launch air strikes in Yemen

      Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies have launched a military operation involving air strikes in Yemen against Houthi...

    20. beyondbrics

      March 24, 2015

      bb review: is Nigeria really the most attractive frontier market?

      “Buy when there’s blood in the streets,” Baron Rothschild once famously said. Applying that wisdom to emerging markets,...

    21. March 23, 2015

      Saudis vow ‘necessary measures’ in Yemen if peace talks fail

      Saudi Arabia pledged on Monday that “necessary measures” could be taken to end the conflict in Yemen after the country’s...

    22. FT Alphaville

      March 23, 2015

      Protecting the message on petroleum

      Fresh out of Riyadh… Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Nuaimi Sunday proposed establishment of an association dedicated for...

    23. March 22, 2015

      Q&A: Yemen’s slide into civil war

      Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement cemented its control of Taiz, the country’s third largest city, after declaring a “general...

    24. March 18, 2015

      T. Boone Pickens says US shale industry must cut output

      T. Boone Pickens, the influential Texas oil billionaire, said the US shale industry has “overproduced” and must cut back to...

    25. The Exchange

      March 18, 2015

      Salman should take new path on Iran

      Saudi Arabia’s new leader King Salman bin Abdulaziz is rapidly re-energising his country’s stagnant foreign policy with the...

    26. FT Alphaville

      March 17, 2015

      Saudi oil: Peak conspiracy

      The oil world’s been full of speculation about the shift of strategy last year by Saudi Arabia which saw it keep the pumps...

    27. March 16, 2015

      David Cameron pulls Muslim Brotherhood report

      David Cameron has made an eleventh-hour intervention to postpone the publication of a controversial report into the Muslim...

    28. March 15, 2015

      US shuts Saudi diplomatic missions in terror alert

      The US has temporarily closed diplomatic facilities in Saudi Arabia after warning that terrorists could be planning to...

    29. March 15, 2015

      US shale industry shows remarkable resilience

      For the US shale industry, competing against Saudi Arabia and the other low-cost oil producers in the Middle East is like...

    30. 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...

    31. March 13, 2015

      Gulf states put their money on Sisi’s Egypt with pledges worth $12bn

      Arab Gulf states kicked off a high profile investor conference in Egypt on Friday with a strong show of support for the...

    32. March 13, 2015

      IEA warns of further oil price volatility

      The rebalancing of the oil market triggered by the collapse in prices has yet to run its course and it would be a mistake to...

    33. March 11, 2015

      Saudi King Salman promises to limit impact of lower oil prices

      The new king of Saudi Arabia said lower oil prices would not damage the Gulf monarchy’s development plans and reiterated a...

    34. March 11, 2015

      Saudi’s oil market strategy makes sense

      In December Saudi Arabia’s oil minister Ali al-Naimi posed an interesting question: “Is there a black swan out there that we...

    35. March 10, 2015

      Sweden cancels military deal after Saudi human rights snub

      Sweden is cancelling a controversial military deal with Saudi Arabia a day after an unusually frank diplomatic bust-up...

    36. March 9, 2015

      The big drop: Riyadh’s oil gamble

      The oil traders and hedge fund managers who gathered for dinner at Mike’s Bistro in Manhattan vied for the attention of...

    37. March 9, 2015

      Saudi Arabia blocks Sweden minister’s speech to Arab League

      Saudi Arabia abruptly blocked plans for Sweden’s foreign minister to address the Arab League amid twin rows over a...

    38. March 5, 2015

      John Kerry reassures nervous Gulf allies on Iran nuclear deal

      The US is not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, John Kerry, US secretary of state, said in Riyadh on Thursday as he...

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