Isis destruction of Baal temple confirmed

Roman-era archaeological treasure laid waste by militants

FT Investigation

The $2.5bn Bahrain Bay development built on reclaimed land, is one of the projects fuelling controversy
Bahrain land deals highlight alchemy of making money from sand
– Cynthia O’Murchu and Simeon Kerr

Israeli spy tools exports raise concerns

Privacy International says surveillance technology sold to Colombia

Egypt to hold elections in October

Parliamentary vote comes amid criticism of crackdown on dissent

Transdev exits Jerusalem light rail plan

Campaigners claim victory but French group says move is strategic

Eni discovers ‘supergiant’ gasfield

Find said to be largest ever in the Mediterranean Sea

Matt Kenyon illustration
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The real cost of the Iran deal

The US has fallen into the trap of appeasing the Islamic Republic’s rivals, not Tehran

Turkey joins anti-Isis air campaign

First armed operations as part of US-led coalition

Opposition politicians join Turkish cabinet

Kurdish group joins interim government ahead of early elections

Egypt jails Al Jazeera journalists

International outcry over crackdown on free speech

Migrant tragedies pile pressure on EU

Four children among 71 dead in truck while hundreds drown at sea

Africa migrants left in legal limbo in Israel

‘Infiltrators’ freed from detention burdened by tough conditions

Iran’s Rouhani softens stance on NGOs

New laws for organisations to cement fresh approach to civil society

Barenboim Iran visit piques Israel’s far-right

Culture minister protests over music tour

Obama on cusp of winning Iran vote

Agreement looks set to pass Congress despite opposition

Young Kurds take up arms against Turkey

Youths progress from throwing rocks to firing guns

Something rotten in the state of Lebanon

The You Reek campaign has drawn support throughout the country

Saudi riyal under pressure from oil price

Riyadh likely to maintain spot peg on its currency but traders are betting on future devaluation

New allies against Isis also pose threats

Opposing militias’ rise signals further violence ahead

Iran oil plan puts focus on Opec strategy

Tussle over market share within group is intensifying ahead of lifting of sanctions

Lebanon protests over rubbish intensify

Thousands chanting Arab uprising slogan demand PM’s resignation