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    17 hours ago

    Rebel sniper Syria

    Badi Khlif /Reuters A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek...

  2. Nick Butler

    July 20, 2014

    Oil and an independent Kurdistan

    Flying east over the mountains into the new international airport of Erbil, the administrative capital of Kurdistan, you are...

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    Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
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  1. beyondbrics

    July 18, 2014

    MH17: investors ignore it at their peril, analysts warn

    If EM investors were looking for a trigger for volatility, this must surely fit the bill. The downing of flight MH17,...

  2. beyondbrics

    July 16, 2014

    Opinion: the Brics bank is more about geopolitics than investment

    Since the Brics first came together for their first annual summit five years ago, it has sometimes been easier to define...

  3. July 16, 2014

    Militants push anti-Assad rebels close to collapse in Syria

    A multi-pronged offensive in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as Isis) is threatening to bring down...

  4. July 16, 2014

    Rise of Isis shakes Arab world from long state of denial

    When a shocked America asked “Why do they hate us?” in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, it was confronting an Arab...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. July 11, 2014

    Iraq trains volunteers to fight Isis but many seen as ill-prepared

    The skinny young men in ill-matched uniforms try to march in formation, but struggle to keep in time amid a cacophony of...

  8. July 10, 2014

    Enacting security law by guillotine

    In the 12 months since Edward Snowden delivered his first revelations about state surveillance in the US and Britain, there...

  9. July 8, 2014

    Two British men plead guilty to terror charges

    Two British men who travelled to Syria to join rebel fighters have admitted terror charges. Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf...

  10. July 7, 2014

    Middle East sectarianism masks a lust for power

    The conflict convulsing Syria and Iraq, and bursting regional borders, is being likened to a religious war, similar to the...

  11. beyondbrics

    July 7, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Afghanistan’s election put in peril | Abdullah Abdullah, one of the candidates, is threatening to reject...

  12. July 4, 2014

    Spy agencies fear export of jihadi terror

    In the Syrian city of Raqqa, the nominal “capital” of the caliphate proclaimed last weekend by the militant Islamist group...

  13. July 3, 2014

    Saudi Arabia sends 30,000 troops to Iraq border

    Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, as tribal leaders within the war-torn country reported...

  14. July 2, 2014

    Isis advance reverses decade of growth in Middle East trade

    The rise of jihadis in Iraq and Syria is disrupting trade routes across the Middle East and casting a shadow over economic...

  15. beyondbrics

    July 2, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Macau passes Switzerland in wealth tables | Chinese gamblers have helped catapult Macau past the central...

  16. July 2, 2014

    In the grisly delusions of Isis, past and present are one

    Faith and memory can haunt the Middle East, often to convulsive effect. Almost 70 years after the founding of Israel in the...

  17. July 1, 2014

    Saudis name top intelligence chief

    Prince Khalid bin Bandar al-Saud, a senior member of the Saudi royal family, has been named top intelligence chief, as the...

  18. July 1, 2014

    Isis makes gains in Syria while the world watches Iraq

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized control of the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, activists said, as it...

  19. July 1, 2014

    Assad’s attempt to exploit Isis threat looks like a risky game

    Bashar al-Assad and his embattled regime are widely seen to be net beneficiaries from the lightning jihadi strike that has...

  20. FT Photo Diary

    July 1, 2014

    Militants parade in Raqqa

    Reuters/Stringer Militant Islamist fighters parade in Raqqa province, Syria, to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic...

  21. June 30, 2014

    ‘State of Aleppo’ brochure reveals Isis visions for Islamic state

    Judicial retribution and progressive taxation are some of the key messages from the public relations department of Islamist...

  22. June 30, 2014

    Isis Q&A: why ‘caliphate’ declaration is an effort to topple al-Qaeda

    On Sunday, the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) – whose campaign of terror has...

  23. The World

    June 30, 2014

    Smart Reads June 30, 2014

    The FT’s Richard McGregor reports on how detainees at Guantánamo Bay are growing old in limbo. Algeria’s mostly French-bred...

  24. The World

    June 30, 2014

    Baghdad diary: a city on edge

    A fighter from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (Isis) brandishes the Isis flag on the streets of Mosul (Getty)...

  25. FT Photo Diary

    June 30, 2014

    Fighting against the insurgents

    Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters The Iraqi Special Operations Forces prepare for patrol in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad. Iraqi...

  26. June 29, 2014

    Gulf states forge links with Asia as building boom drives imports

    At the crossroads of Eurasia and Africa, the Middle East has long been an important trading hub. But the emerging markets of...

  27. June 29, 2014

    Colonial powers did not set the Middle East ablaze

    When it launched its spectacular offensive through northern Iraq in June, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as...

  28. June 29, 2014

    Isis support grows in restive Jordanian town

    About 100 people, mostly young men and boys, have gathered outside the main mosque in Ma’an, a restive city in southern...

  29. June 27, 2014

    Iraq makes awkward allies of US enemies

    US policy makers surveying the alarming military surge of Sunni militants in Iraq are not short of powerful regional allies...

  30. June 27, 2014

    Turkey ready to accept Kurdish state in historic shift

    Turkey’s ruling party has signalled it is ready to accept an independent Kurdish state in what is now northern Iraq, marking...

  31. June 26, 2014

    Obama proposes funding for Syrian rebels

    The Obama administration has proposed funding to provide US military training and equipment for the Syrian opposition for...

  32. June 26, 2014

    Jordan restricts travel by men of military age

    Jordan’s national airline has slapped new restrictions on air travel by men of military age as the kingdom shores up its...

  33. FT Photo Diary

    June 26, 2014

    Fleeing a barrel-bomb attack in Syria

    Al-Rifai/AFP/Getty A Syrian woman and young people, one of them carrying a wounded baby, flee the site of a reported...

  34. June 26, 2014

    Nouri al-Maliki welcomes Syria air strikes against rebels in Iraq

    Iraq’s prime minister has welcomed Syrian air strikes against Sunni insurgent positions inside his country as the lines...

  35. June 23, 2014

    Violent images shake communities’ ‘complacency’, say police

    Images of violence in Syria and Iraq are helping to persuade families and friends of potential jihadis to raise the alarm...

  36. June 23, 2014

    Jihadis not targeting west but risk is real, say analysts

    When prime minister David Cameron told parliament last week that jihadis in Syria were plotting terror attacks on the UK,...

  37. 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...

  38. June 23, 2014

    Isis aims to erase regional borders

    The lightning advance by radical Sunni militants on border posts in Iraq and Syria is aimed at choking off their rivals and...

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