Wait for Bouteflika as Algerians vote

President backed by military and business class

Analysis

Saudi royal guards stand on duty in front of portraits of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (R), Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz (C) and second deputy Prime Minister Mugren bin Abdulaziz ©AFP
Alarmed by the rise of political Islam, the House of Saud is increasingly hardline at home and aggressive abroad
– Roula Khalaf

Algeria set to retain its ailing leader

State apparatus, business and public all support ailing president

Saudi intelligence chief replaced

Prince Bandar departs after Syrian failures and rift with US

An undue chill greets Iran’s nuclear spring

A Tehran with a stake in settling the Middle East’s lethal problems could be transformative

Corruption claims overshadow Iraq polls

Vast sums of money flow into parties’ campaigns

Syria gas attack points up chemical threat

Reports say up to 200 people have suffered choking or seizures

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has turned to “cash aid” to help Syrian refugees along the Lebanese border, but the impact on the Lebanese economy has been decidedly mixed
©Bridgette Auger

Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has turned to “cash aid” to help Syrian refugees along the Lebanese border, but the impact on the Lebanese economy has been decidedly mixed

A Syrian refugee mother and son discuss which goods to buy in front of signs explaining how to use the credit cards given to Syrian refugees, Burqayel, Akkar, Lebanon, April 8th, 2014.
©Bridgette Auger

Mixed fortunes for Lebanon’s refugees

Business is driven by Syrians and the aid they bring

Iranian diplomat row revives old battles

Hostage crisis of 1979 resurfaces amid nuclear talks

IEA says Iran exports more than allowed

Watchdog says Iran exported 1.65m b/d crude in February and March

Miliband visits Israel on three-day trip

Conservatives say Labour leader lacks foreign experience

Mass death penalty scars Egypt

Harsh rulings stun detainees’ families and deepen fear of regime

US set to bar Iran’s new UN ambassador

Nominee Aboutalebi was involved in 1979 hostage crisis

Israel blocks shipment to Gaza Strip

Pressure grows on fragile peace process

Oil price falls after Libya blockade deal

Terminals to reopen after eight months in rebel hands

GSK investigates Iraq bribery claims

Accusations against drugmaker follow corruption concerns in China

The risks of a nuclear Saudi Arabia

Move into civilian power generation will impact world’s energy markets

Accusations of blame fly in Mideast talks

US allows Boeing and GE to sell spare parts to Iran

Temporary sanctions relief allows airline deal

Chinese national indicted over exports to Iran

Cheng arrested in UK on US warrant