Fading ceasefire brings carnage to Aleppo

US and Russia press warring parties to pull back from destruction

FT Investigation

Inside Isis Inc series
The Isis economy reaches deep into civilian life within its territories and beyond, forcing even its enemies to do business with it. The FT investigates how the jihadis raise money and spend it, from running a sprawling oil operation to taxing civilians and arms dealing.
– FT correspondents

Aleppo has become a focus for Russia

As Isis diverts the US, Assad is busily destroying his opposition, writes David Gardner

A comedy performance at Tehran's Baran Theatre

Theatres mark new stage for Iran’s young

Packed performances reveal cultural openness under Rouhani

Scepticism over Saudi sell-offs

Scope of transformation massive for cradle-to-grave society

Libya regime’s oil group defies UN ban

Tanker barred from Malta drops anchor in international waters

Ingram Pinn illustration

Egyptian satire and slim propaganda text

The country is more repressive than during the rule of Mubarak

Malta turns back illegal Libya oil tanker

Eastern authority’s attempt to sell crude seen as threat to unity

Sweeping Saudi plan set to rattle kingdom

Prince’s ambition will test social fabric of conservative state

Saudi Arabia pledges economic overhaul

Kingdom targets $2tn initial public offering of Saudi Aramco

Egypt protesters clash over Saudi move

Demonstrators gathered after a police lockdown in central Cairo

US to send 250 more troops to Syria

Special operations deployment heralds assault on Isis strongholds

Coalition campaign in southern Yemen

Mukalla has become the heart of al-Qaeda mini-state

IMF cuts Gulf GDP growth forecast to 1.8%

Oil-dependent region lowers spending to contain fiscal deficits

US and UK ‘desperate’ to stabilise Libya

Obama focuses on reinforcing new government in Tripoli

Syrian protesters brave the streets

Rallies against Assad a reminder of early days of uprising

Oil bulls unfazed despite output angst

Hopes of a sustained price rebound buoys equities

Samaritans form West Bank bridge of peace

Tiny, ancient community lives peacefully among warring sides

Obama ‘concerned’ over Iraqi premier

US president speaks of Baghdad crisis at end of Saudi visit

Israel says Hamas carried out bus bomb

Political stakes raised in a six-month wave of violence

Sisi loses lustre as anger grows in Egypt

Red Sea islands handover adds to economic discontent