Fire engulfs Libya’s largest oil terminal

Facility shut down as Islamist militias seek to seize control

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A shepherd who fled Mosul when it was overrun by Isis forces, pictured in the Taq Taq oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan ©Sebastian Meyer
The Kurds of northern Iraq face terror from Isis and political pressure from Baghdad – jeopardising their long-held dream of independence
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A Syrian refugee from Homs and a Lebanese woman register for job-seeker support at a centre run by the International Rescue Committee in Akkar, north Lebanon, on Dec 1 2014. The centre offers vocational training to both refugees and members of the communities that host them, as well as child care for the attendees children. Sam Tarling for the Financial Times
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Syrian refugees rekindle hope by learning a trade

With Syria’s war now in its fourth year, aid organisations are rethinking strategies for helping a refugee population still growing by 5,000 per day

Qatar pits A350s against A380s

Fresh shadow cast over future of superjumbo programme

Saudi Arabia’s short-term oil price play

Cheaper crude is a holiday gift for consumers that is unlikely to stay

A year in a word: Caliphate

A surreal rigmarole that exacerbated the power struggle in the Middle East

Jonathan McHugh illustration
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Stand against the armies of ignorance

Ideas need to be mobilised if the learning years are safeguarded, writes Simon Schama

Pakistan and Iran reach gas agreement

Islamabad convinces Tehran not to enforce ‘take or pay’ obligation

Jordanian warplane downed in Syria

US confirms crash of F-16 and capture of a pilot by Isis

Israeli gas field faces antitrust threat

Regulator calls for partnership in $6.5bn project to be broken up

Al Jazeera unit that angered Egypt closes

Affiliate accused of Morsi bias to reopen only with Cairo’s blessing

Jerusalem pipers’ Christmas harmony

Christian scouts play Arabised takes on Scottish airs and hymns

A federal cure for a shattered Middle East

The ultra-centralism of the Arab security state is a recruiting sergeant for Isis

The precious gift of hope

The world’s humanitarian crises cry out for a generous response

Gaza reconstruction stalls amid feuding

Lack of building supplies and undelivered funding compound renewed tensions with Israel

Sebsi secures win for Tunisian secularists

Political veteran becomes first freely elected president

Iran will not seek diplomatic ties with US

Nuclear negotiations stand alone, says top security official

Transcript: Ali Shamkhani interview

Iran’s top security official Ali Shamkhani speaks to the FT

Egypt and Qatar edge towards detente

Cairo meeting signals Riyadh’s determination to push for reconciliation

Non-Opec producers blamed for oil slide

Saudi and UAE vow to maintain output targets at 30m barrels a day

Presidential vote polarises Tunisia

Regional and class rifts threaten to derail political transition