Assad still using chemical arms, say rebels

Syria seen as flouting 2013 deal while world focuses on Isis


Iraqi soldiers and Sunni fighters hold a position on the top of a building on the frontine during clashes with Islamic States (IS) fighters on September 17, 2014 in the town of Dhuluiya, some 75 kms (45 miles) north of Baghdad. Elite Iraqi troops backed by US jets battled jihadists near Baghdad as President Barack Obama insisted US ground troops would not be deployed to battle the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
If the US is to avoid committing troops to its campaign against Isis, Iraq’s army must be reinvented
– Borzou Daragahi

UK spy drones to fly over Syria

Aircraft to gather intelligence against Isis fighters

Turkey allows Kurds to relieve Kobani

Shift in policy as US drops weapons to city’s defenders

Saudi Arabia keeps the oil market guessing

Opec’s main producer absorbs lower prices to defend market share

Iraq appoints new security chiefs

Sunni and Shia to hold sensitive interior and defence posts

BP-Iran North Sea gasfield to restart

Production was halted because of sanctions


Mind your metadata, Isis warns followers

Manual advises jihadis on cyber blackout to avoid attack

Clashes endanger Turkey-PKK peace process

Violence surges as Kurds attack wrong Islamist militants

Obama pressed to expand war on Isis

Allies urge involvement of US troops in combat in Iraq

Suicide bomb hits anti-Isis group in Syria

Attack on Hazm Movement sends warning to groups considering joining western coalition

Britain redeploys drones to fight Isis

RAF’s Reaper fleet likely to operate from inside Iraq

Saudi Arabia tests US ties with oil price

American shale companies are hurt but consumers benefit

Israel is losing its friends in the world

Many believe Netanyahu prefers endless war to a difficult peace

Businesses look to Iran opportunities

Global entrepreneurs gather in London to lay ground for the day sanctions are eventually eased

Carter Center withdraws from Egypt

‘Narrowing of political space’ prompted decision to leave country

Kurds declare advance on Kobani

Key positions retaken as Americans attack Islamist ground forces

Investors eye Egypt energy opportunities

Sentiment improves on perception stability is returning

Isis makes big ‘gains’, says general

Coalition chief Allen says militants advancing in Iraq and Syria

Fighting erupts between Libyan factions

Cairo denies reports that Egyptian fighters bombed Benghazi

Oil prices: Saudi slick measures

Price cuts particularly apply to kingdom’s oil sold to Asia