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    1. The World

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      Attacks expose Canada's surveillance problem

      The shooting spree inside Canada’s parliament building on Wednesday poses an important political test of the Edward Snowden...

    2. October 23, 2014

      Isis sells smuggled oil to Turkey and Iraqi Kurds, says US Treasury

      The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, is earning as much as $1m a day through the sale of oil to some of...

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    1. October 23, 2014

      A chance for mainstream Islam to unite against Isis

      There are few happy consequences of the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has swept across Iraq...

    2. October 23, 2014

      Chaos in Syria and Iraq revives Kurds’ nationalist ambitions

      It is historically and geographically insignificant. Yet the besieged Syrian city of Kobani is playing a central role in...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      October 23, 2014

      Survivors of Kobani as Isis tightens grip

      Bulent Kilic/AFP A Syrian Kurdish woman and her baby on Thursday in the Rojava refugee camp at Suruc in Sanliurfa province...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      October 22, 2014

      Syria's displaced children

      Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play on improvised swings in the...

    5. beyondbrics

      October 22, 2014

      Cheaper oil a balm, not a cure, for Turkey

      With its hefty energy import bill and high inflation, Turkey is an obvious winner from the drop in oil prices, which...

    6. October 21, 2014

      UK spy drones to fly over Syria in fight against Isis

      British drones and spy planes will begin flying reconnaissance missions over Syria in an escalation of UK efforts to combat...

    7. October 21, 2014

      Turkey’s Erdogan struggles to cope with Isis reverberations

      Last week, Turkey was bombing Kurdish fighters it regards as terrorists near its border with Iraq. It was doing so just as...

    8. October 21, 2014

      Assad still using chemical weapons, say Syrian rebels

      It was yet another missile, one of many fired by the Syrian regime at the rebel-controlled Jobar district of Damascus. But...

    9. October 20, 2014

      Turkey opens corridor for Kurdish fighters to relieve Kobani

      Turkey has yielded to US pressure and opened its territory for Kurdish fighters to relieve the besieged Syrian Kurdish town...

    10. October 17, 2014

      Isis closes the cyber blackout blinds to avoid attack

      When bombs rained down before the internet age, targets pulled curtains shut and dimmed their lights. But for the jihadis of...

    11. October 17, 2014

      Kurdish clashes endanger Turkey peace process

      The Islamist militant slid a sheaf of photos across the table – pictures of beaten and burnt corpses, taken nearby in the...

    12. October 17, 2014

      Oil gush keeps prices low as fear is high

      Something had to give, and that something has proved to be the oil price. Its dramatic 20 per cent plunge reflects the...

    13. The World

      October 17, 2014

      A short history of the Kurds

      The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has thrust the plight of the Kurdish people into the spotlight. But who...

    14. October 17, 2014

      Obama faces rising pressure to escalate military campaign against Isis

      Only weeks into a conflict he long shunned, Barack Obama is already coming under pressure to escalate his military campaign...

    15. October 17, 2014

      Suicide bomber kills at least 8 members of Syrian rebel group fighting Isis

      A car bomb in northern Syria on Friday ripped through the headquarters of two rebel battalions supporting the US-led...

    16. October 16, 2014

      Turkey: In the line of fire

      In the Turkish city of Diyarbakir – 100km from Syria – the rising anger at Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stance on the war over the...

    17. October 16, 2014

      Saudi Arabia tests US ties with oil price

      By encouraging oil prices to fall, Saudi Arabia is taking a calculated gamble in its already strained relationship with the...

    18. FT Photo Diary

      October 16, 2014

      Watching Kobani

      Tolga Bozoglu/EPA People watch from a hill in Turkish territory as the International anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition...

    19. October 16, 2014

      Kurds declare advance on Kobani thanks to US air strikes on Isis

      Kurdish forces defending the besieged Syrian city of Kobani say they are advancing against the forces of the Islamic State...

    20. October 15, 2014

      Isis makes ‘substantial gains’, says general

      Islamist militants have made “substantial gains” in Iraq despite the campaign of air strikes led by the US over the past two...

    21. October 15, 2014

      Tunisia still holds dream of freedom

      Sometimes I stare at the art on my living room wall to remind myself that I hadn’t dreamt that day in February 2011. I’ve...

    22. October 15, 2014

      Carlyle shelves second Middle East fund plan

      Carlyle has shelved plans to market a second private equity fund targeting the Middle East and north Africa in a move...

    23. beyondbrics

      October 15, 2014

      New York morning espresso

      ** FT News ** * HK police accused of beating protester | Officers use pepper spray and arrest 45 in clearance of road tunnel...

    24. FT Photo Diary

      October 14, 2014

      Syria explosion

      Ghaith Omran/AFP/Getty Images A large explosion allegedly hitting a Syrian army military outpost in the southern part of the...

    25. October 14, 2014

      Erdogan’s final chance to make peace with the Kurds

      Through all the mayhem engulfing the Middle East, Turkey long looked to be an anchor of stability, a beacon of moderate and...

    26. beyondbrics

      October 14, 2014

      New York morning espresso

      ** FT News ** * N Korea announces Kim Jong Un’s return | Official news story follows weeks of speculation over his...

    27. October 14, 2014

      Turkish forces strike PKK outposts as Syrian war fuels tensions

      Turkey has carried out air strikes against Kurdish militants for the first time since a halting peace process began last...

    28. October 13, 2014

      US and Turkey focus on role of airbases to counter Isis

      Turkey has poured cold water on claims that the US-led anti-jihadi coalition has secured greater use of military bases in...

    29. October 12, 2014

      Alarm at plan to end Italy’s Mare Nostrum rescue operation

      Plans to end the Italian navy’s Mediterranean rescue operation and replace it with a smaller EU force will result in “more...

    30. October 12, 2014

      Drone strikes on Isis loom large in allies’ strategy

      Hundreds of air strikes have dominated the opening of the US-led battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or...

    31. October 12, 2014

      Iraqi Kurds send aid to help Syrian counterparts fight jihadis

      Leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan’s two main political factions declared on Sunday that they have dispatched weapons, equipment and...

    32. October 10, 2014

      Commodities tell the truth to spooked equities investors

      Equities investors are spooked. This is October, the month of Halloween, and of virtually all the stock market’s best-known...

    33. October 10, 2014

      Turkey’s Erdogan faces one of his toughest political challenges

      Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing one of the worst crises of his 11 years as Turkey’s leader – his refusal to strike against...

    34. October 10, 2014

      Democrats tell Obama to send money but stay home

      In the midst of handling a crisis over Ebola and a war in Iraq and Syria, Barack Obama jetted off on Thursday for a...

    35. October 9, 2014

      US and Turkey stuck in diplomatic stand-off over Isis in Syria

      The US and Turkey are engaging in an exercise of diplomatic brinkmanship over Islamist militants in Syria, even as the fate...

    36. October 9, 2014

      Obama’s Syria choices go from bad to worse

      Barack Obama is too much the lawyer and too little the leader. Leon Panetta, the former US defence secretary, has a memoir...

    37. The World

      October 9, 2014

      Cynicism over Kobani siege will rebound on Erdogan

      For a country that so recently harboured ambitions as a great regional power, Turkey is offering an unedifyingly feeble...

    38. October 9, 2014

      West pushes for Turkish intervention to save Kobani

      Islamist insurgents were on Thursday regaining momentum in the battle for Kobani, as clashes with Kurdish fighters erupted...

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