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    1. December 15, 2014

      Rebels linked to al-Qaeda take strategic Assad army bases

      Rebels linked to al-Qaeda seized two military bases in north-western Syria, activists said, cementing control over one of...

    2. December 13, 2014

      India arrests man over pro-Isis tweets

      NEW DELHI, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Indian police on Saturday arrested a company executive suspected of operating a pro-Islamic...

    Special Reports

    1. Arab World: Banking & Finance 2012

      Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
    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. December 12, 2014

      Women of 2014: The women of the YPJ, the Syrian Kurdish Women’s Protection Units

      Most photographs of “Narin Afrin” are fake. Few people even know her real name. Yet so striking is the idea of a woman not...

    2. December 12, 2014

      China offers to help Iraq defeat Sunni extremists

      China has offered to help Iraq defeat Sunni extremists with support for air strikes, according to Ibrahim Jafari, Iraq’s...

    3. December 11, 2014

      Syrian refugees brace for long haul in Turkey

      Leafy vines and potted flowers line the small plastic trailer where Abdullah Jawish has lived for two years. Planted as a...

    4. December 10, 2014

      Isis extends its reach but the roots of other groups go deeper

      In recent weeks, every major terrorist assault has brought with it questions about the possible involvement of the Islamic...

    5. beyondbrics

      December 10, 2014

      Kosovo’s new government: in with the old, in with the new

      Six months and a day after Kosovo’s general election, the country finally has a government. But it is a government of...

    6. The A-List

      December 10, 2014

      Isis' reputation exceeds its reach

      In recent weeks, every major terrorist assault around the world has brought with it questions about the possible involvement...

    7. December 9, 2014

      David Cameron calls for Turkey alliance in fight against terror

      David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, travelled to Ankara on Tuesday in a bid to halt the flow of jihadis to Britain by...

    8. FT Photo Diary

      December 9, 2014

      Firewood sellers in Damascus

      Men sell firewood on a rainy day in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria on Tuesday. The graffiti on the wall reads:...

    9. December 7, 2014

      Syria accuses Israel of Damascus strikes

      The Syrian government on Sunday accused Israel of striking Damascus after a string of explosions in the capital that...

    10. December 7, 2014

      2014 Seasonal Appeal: Syria’s stolen childhoods

      Seasonal appeal: helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon She survived an army siege, and fled mass executions and gang rapes in...

    11. 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...

    12. December 3, 2014

      Eritreans arrested for people smuggling

      Italian police have arrested 10 Eritreans for smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean Sea in nearly two dozen voyages...

    13. December 3, 2014

      Syrian refugees panic as UN cuts food aid amid funding crisis

      Syrian refugees are panicking after receiving text messages confirming the UN’s food agency has cut donations to 1.7m people...

    14. December 3, 2014

      Iran’s Kurds seek coexistence with Shia as life improves

      Vafa, an Iranian Kurd, was born in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj just as Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution erupted. He spent the...

    15. December 2, 2014

      The Arab spring idealist who died for Isis

      He had held on for months. But when the Islamists and leftists, who had united in the 2011 revolution he had championed,...

    16. 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,...

    17. The World

      December 2, 2014

      Putin and Erdogan: not quite kindred spirits

      One of the most compelling of international relationships was on display in Ankara this week when Russian President Vladimir...

    18. FT Photo Diary

      December 1, 2014

      Staying warm on the Syrian border

      Turkish soldiers gather around a bonfire in Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria on Monday....

    19. November 30, 2014

      Gulf states launch joint command to counter Isis and Iran

      Bahrain’s foreign minister says Gulf states are launching a joint military command based in Saudi Arabia to counter threats...

    20. November 30, 2014

      The Middle East’s vanishing religious variety

      Some time in the third century, in the marshes of southern Iraq, the founder of the poorly understood religion of...

    21. FT Photo Diary

      November 28, 2014

      Seeking asylum

      Immigrants who arrived on a cargo ship from Turkey queue for meals in a basketball arena where they have been given...

    22. November 28, 2014

      Isis fighters crave snacks and gadgets of the west they disdain

      What do jihadi militants crave on their break at the battlefront? Pringles are one frontline favourite. Another is Red Bull....

    23. November 27, 2014

      The halfhearted threat to the US superpower

      The hyperpuissance has become the halfhearted superpower. When Barack Obama abjured the military adventurism of his...

    24. The World

      November 27, 2014

      End to Middle East turmoil depends on bringing Iran in from the cold

      The failure to meet this week’s deadline for a definitive nuclear deal between Iran and the so-called P5+1 (the US, UK,...

    25. November 25, 2014

      Saudi Arabia links attack on Shia worshippers to Isis

      Saudi Arabia says suspected militants who attacked Shia worshippers earlier this month were linked to the Islamic State in...

    26. November 24, 2014

      Hagel resigns in US security shake-up

      Chuck Hagel became the first political casualty of the crises that have beset US foreign policy this year when President...

    27. November 23, 2014

      Tunisians vote in first free presidential election

      Tunisians voted on Sunday in their country’s first free presidential election, the culmination of a turbulent democratic...

    28. November 23, 2014

      US and Turkey remain divided over Syria path

      Joe Biden, the US vice-president, on Sunday rounded off a trip to Turkey in which he sought to bridge the gap with Ankara...

    29. November 21, 2014

      Bahrain set for first election since 2011 uprising

      Bahrain goes to the polls on Saturday in the island state’s first general election since a youth-led uprising in 2011 led to...

    30. November 20, 2014

      Terror suspects face enforced relocation after Lib Dem climbdown

      The home secretary will be allowed to move terror suspects away from where they live, after the Liberal Democrats dropped...

    31. FT Photo Diary

      November 18, 2014

      Kurdish refugee from Kobani

      Osman Orsal/Reuters A Kurdish refugee boy from Kobani looks out from the window of a tent at a refugee camp in the border...

    32. November 18, 2014

      Syrian rebels unite in ‘battle of destiny’ for Aleppo

      On a 10km stretch of road north of Aleppo, Syria’s rebel forces are engulfed in a “battle of destiny” for control of a...

    33. November 16, 2014

      Isis kills US hostage Peter Kassig

      A black-masked executioner belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant appears to murder an American aid worker in a...

    34. The World

      November 14, 2014

      Is the West in alliance with Assad?

      The US and its allies are at war with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is at war with the Syrian government. So does that mean...

    35. November 14, 2014

      Cameron warns internet groups to stop spread of terror material

      David Cameron has told internet companies he will ensure they live up to their “social responsibility” to stop the spread of...

    36. November 13, 2014

      Cameron reveals crackdown on British jihadis

      David Cameron has announced greater powers to tackle British jihadis, including the cancellation of their passports and...

    37. November 13, 2014

      Isis declares its own currency

      Its self-declared state has no functioning ministries, nor is it recognised by any government in the world; it is also under...

    38. 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...

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