Capital begins to return to Arab nations

Larger groups and private equity funds are starting to reinvest in a part of the world where reform stays at the top of the agenda

SocGen accused over Libya deals

Sovereign fund takes bank to court over Gaddafi-era trades

Pipeline attacks hit Yemeni oil industry

Imports outweigh exports for the first time in 30 years

Ben Ali changed rules to family’s benefit

World Bank researchers say cronyism still stifles business

SFO blamed for collapse of Dahdaleh trial

Judge finds Akin Gump’s conduct fell short of serious misconduct

Fresh controversy hits Qatar World Cup

UK newspaper claims $2m changed hands after Gulf state won bid

Dubai agrees refinancing deal

UAE extends maturity of $20bn in bonds and loans for five years

Akin Gump says partner acted properly in Dahdaleh case

British-Canadian businessman alleges serious misconduct

Diplomats play down new Iran nuclear talks

Vienna round limited to agreeing a “framework” for discussions

Bank Mellat sues UK Treasury for $3.9bn

Iranian lender overturned decision to put it on sanctions list

Equities rally after EM central bank fightback

Tokyo and Hong Kong higher after rate hikes in India, Turkey

Easing of sanctions set to boost Iran

$4.2bn of blocked funds to be released as part of nuclear deal

Businesses focus on Iraq despite violence

Middle East nation seen as a promising emerging market

Trade and tourism fuel new boom in Dubai

Emirate’s regulatory and legal issues remain a challenge to growth

Energy deal tightens Russia ties to Assad

Moscow grabs a stake in Mediterranean oil and gas reserves

UK to host Saudi arbitration centre

Court would handle disputes arising out of the kingdom

Bahrain minister intervened in UK trial

Court hears of ministerial letter relating to payments

Dubai to repay debt as economy rebounds

State-owned companies to buy up indebted assets

Industry welcomes UK Islamic bond plan

‘Sukuk’ plan needs to be carefully structured to be approved

Osborne to launch Islamic bond plan

Bid to make City a centre for sharia-compliant finance