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      EU aims to share out up to 40,000 asylum seekers among members

      The EU will share out up to 40,000 asylum seekers as part of plans to reform the system of handling them, in the face of...

    2. May 22, 2015

      Menacing Isis gains in Iraq and Syria

      The fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the capture by Isis of the ancient Syrian city of...

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    1. May 22, 2015

      Isis suicide bomber kills 20 at Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia

      An Isis-linked group carried out a deadly suicide attack on Friday at a mosque in Qatif, a predominantly Shia area of...

    2. The World

      May 22, 2015

      Beauty with a dark undercurrent: Isis takeover of Palmyra evokes mixed emotions among Syrians

      By Sam al-Refaie Palmyra: the pearl of the desert. Every Syrian citizen has mixed feelings about this city. It is a symbol...

    3. May 21, 2015

      Isis militants control half of Syria after Palmyra seizure

      Ancient city of Palmyra falls to Isis Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) have seized the Syrian...

    4. May 21, 2015

      Isis advance blows hole in Obama’s Iraq strategy

      Ever since the Islamist militants of Isis swept into northern Iraq from Syria last June, the Obama administration has had a...

    5. FT Photo Diary

      May 21, 2015

      Taking position

      A rebel fighter takes position behind sandbags in Aleppo’s Al-Ezaa neighbourhood, Syria ...

    6. May 20, 2015

      Isis seizes historic Syrian city of Palmyra

      Ancient city of Palmyra falls to Isis Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have seized the Syrian city of...

    7. May 20, 2015

      Good news America: Saudi vies for Great Satan status in Iran

      It’s not quite the Great Satan — at least, not yet. But it’s an enemy that the Iranian regime and the people can unite...

    8. May 17, 2015

      Syrian middle class suffers as economy hit by rebel gains

      Syrians first turned to the popular Facebook page “Mortar shell diaries of Damascus” to trace explosions in their capital....

    9. May 16, 2015

      Isis leader Abu Sayyaf killed in US raid, says Pentagon

      US special forces launched a rare operation into Syria on Friday that killed a leader of the Islamic State in the Levant,...

    10. May 15, 2015

      Syrian smugglers shun weapons and turn to cigarettes for profits

      They used to sneak in weapons and blackmarket oil. But now eastern Syria’s smugglers are seeking profit from a new illicit...

    11. FT Alphaville

      May 15, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Beware the success of quantitative easing . Mario Draghi warned that policy...

    12. May 14, 2015

      UK terror arrests reach highest level since 9/11

      Terror-related arrests in the UK have reached levels not seen since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the US, Scotland...

    13. May 12, 2015

      US-Gulf summit a show of ‘Iranophobia’, says Tehran

      Iran has dismissed this week’s Camp David summit between US and Gulf leaders as a show of “Iranophobia” that will have no...

    14. May 12, 2015

      Gulf Arabs fear Iran with cash as much as Iran with the bomb

      When President Barack Obama set out to strike a deal with Iran to constrain its nuclear ambitions, he anticipated that...

    15. 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 in...

    16. May 5, 2015

      Isis claims responsibility for Texas exhibition attack

      A radio programme linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) said the world’s most notorious jihadi group has...

    17. May 3, 2015

      Syrian intelligence tsar takes Assad secrets to the grave

      Few in Lebanon or Syria will grieve the reported passing of Rustom Ghazaleh, a top Syrian intelligence official. But many...

    18. May 2, 2015

      Coalition air raid kills at least 50 civilians in Syria

      Air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria killed more than 50 civilians, activists said, in what they believe to be the...

    19. May 1, 2015

      The House of Saud’s embryonic embrace of meritocracy

      It is arguably the world’s most powerful monarchy, but the House of Saud is becoming something of a meritocracy, too. The...

    20. April 30, 2015

      Regional shifts pile pressure on the Assads

      Bashar al-Assad’s regime is once again starting to lose ground in the multi-sided war of attrition in Syria, now entering...

    21. April 29, 2015

      Louay Hussein, mainstay of Syria opposition, flees to Turkey

      A decades-long mainstay of Syria’s domestic opposition sought for years to convince both the regime of Bashar al-Assad and...

    22. beyondbrics

      April 28, 2015

      Private equity braves middle east instability

      It seems to be getting harder and harder to find a news story about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that doesn’t...

    23. April 25, 2015

      Syrian rebels capture Jisr al-Shughour

      Islamist rebels have captured the Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour, their second major victory in less than a month as they...

    24. The World

      April 22, 2015

      Ukraine conflict attracts foreign fighters - on both sides

      Just like the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the violence in eastern Ukraine is attracting foreign fighters – some with the...

    25. The World

      April 21, 2015

      Europe's migrant crisis in five numbers

      EU officials have come under renewed pressure to take action against flotillas of migrants from Africa following the deaths...

    26. FT Photo Diary

      April 20, 2015

      Attacks on Idlib

      A man searches for belongings in a damaged car at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces of...

    27. The World

      April 20, 2015

      Europe's Mediterranean crisis

      When 12 people were murdered by terrorists in the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, earlier this year, more than 2m came out...

    28. April 14, 2015

      Obama to remove Cuba from terror list

      President Barack Obama is to remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, in a move that will further...

    29. April 14, 2015

      Russian financier tightens grip on Gulfsands Petroleum

      A Russian financier and the main shareholder of UK-listed oil explorer Gulfsands Petroleum has tightened his grip on the...

    30. April 13, 2015

      Man charged in connection with preacher’s murder in London

      Prosecutors have charged a man for the murder of a Syrian-born preacher who was shot dead in London last week. Abdul-Hadi...

    31. April 13, 2015

      Syria’s rebels heartened by healing of Sunni Arab rift

      Syria’s rebels are on the offensive once again as their regional backers unite in a Sunni Muslim resurgence and prioritise...

    32. April 12, 2015

      French antiterrorism judge leads fight against jihadism

      For Marc Trévidic, the terror attacks that killed 17 in Paris in January hit close to home. As the antiterrorism judge who...

    33. April 10, 2015

      Barack Obama’s foreign policy doctrine takes shape

      First-term presidents dislike the idea of a foreign policy doctrine, fearing that it will limit their choices and force them...

    34. April 9, 2015

      Isis hackers cut transmission of French broadcaster

      French broadcaster TV5Monde was trying to restore regular programming on Thursday after hackers claiming to be from the...

    35. April 9, 2015

      Isis senses chance to make territorial gains in Syria

      It used all its trademark tactics, setting up sleeper cells and quietly building up a presence. Yet once again the world’s...

    36. April 8, 2015

      Closure of Syria’s last border crossing hits Jordan economy

      The four-lane highway from Amman to Damascus, which was still open to traffic until last week, now ends abruptly at the...

    37. April 1, 2015

      Isis battles for foothold on the edge of Syrian capital

      Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Isis are pushing into a southern district of Damascus in a bid to...

    38. March 31, 2015

      Isis cleared from Tikrit, says Iraq PM

      Iraq’s prime minister declared jihadi forces had been cleared from the centre of the city of Tikrit, just days after US-led...

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