Syrian rebels capture Jisr al-Shughour

Islamist advances suggest Assad is losing grip on northwest

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
Screengrabs of three Facebook pages which offer advice and prices of transportation for migrants seeking to make the dangerous crossing to Europe

Human traffickers advertise on Facebook

Smugglers promise reliable and comfortable journey

The macabre market in migration

Most arrivals in 2014 were from Syria, then Eritrea, Mali and Nigeria, says John McDermott

Egypt’s ‘hanging judge’ faces criticism

Fear that Egyptian judiciary has become too supportive of regime

Dubai seals hydrogen fuel-cell deal

Emirate assesses green energy initiative

Tripoli rejects military action

Self-declared authority wants recognition before military action

US drone strike killed western hostages

Barack Obama describes accidental deaths as ‘terrible tragedy’

Gaza militants prepare for next war

Further conflict appears inevitable, aid agencies warn

The hour of Europe on Mediterranean crisis

EU summit must forge a robust response on refugee flows

Houthis defiant as Saudis resume bombing

Riyadh aims for political solution despite new air attacks

A US hawk ponders the big prey in 2016

A famous US hawk considers adding his name to the field of Republican candidates

Egyptian autocracy bodes ill for region

Prospects bleak if country cannot find a way forward between extremism and autocratic rule

Saudi calls end to Yemen bombing operations

Riyadh halts first phase of anti-Houthi campaign

Iran charges journalist with spying

Move could be bid to sabotage detente with US, say analysts

Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to 20 years in jail

First elected leader guilty of using violence against protesters

Young Arabs lose faith in democracy

Many now see Isis as biggest threat, survey shows

Russia’s Lukoil eyes return to Iran

Chief says opportunities sought should sanctions end

US beefs up naval force off Yemen coast

Aircraft carrier and cruiser to help watch Iranian vessels

Cameron pledges to do more on human trafficking

Government has opposed search and rescue in Mediterranean

Smugglers proliferate in Libya chaos

Weak government allow gangs to move migrants across borders

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