Al-Nusra break from al-Qaeda seen as a strategic move

Syria’s most powerful rebel group seek to dominate resistance to Assad

Assad regime tightens grip on Aleppo

Russian-backed forces push to retake city ahead of peace talks

Saudi royal oil group at heart of 1MDB case

US claims $1bn of Malaysian funds for PetroSaudi venture siphoned

Normandy town adjusts to arrival of terror

Attacks no longer confined to big cities or tourist centres

James Ferguson

Turkey’s fate lies in Erdogan’s hands

His priority is not Isis but the Gulenists and Kurdish insurgents, writes David Gardner

Economic downturn bites in Dubai

Crude slump forces Gulf governments to cut spending

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Global disorder: from Trump to China

The belligerence of domestic politics is spilling on to the world stage

Turkey’s purge hurts fight against Isis

Focus on Gulenists weakens the country’s ability to confront the jihadis, writes David Gardner

James Ferguson illustration of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan kicking a tank
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A failed coup casts a shadow over Turkey

A key regional power must remain secular and democratic, writes Peter Westmacott

New details emerge of Nice truck killer

French prime minister says driver was ‘radicalised very quickly’

Turkey turmoil complicates US-Isis fight

Washington relies on Ankara but has been frustrated with Erdogan

Thousands of Sadr supporters defy army

Shia cleric’s spokesman issues demands including sacking the PM

Isis says top military commander killed

Loss of ‘minister of war’ could hit jihadi force’s morale

Low oil price and austerity weigh on Saudis

Consumer confidence takes a hit from public spending cuts

Iran accuses Saudi over opposition address

War of words follows Prince Turki talk to exiled opposition group

Attack on Shia shrine kills 37 in Iraq

Families targeted at holiday marking end of Ramadan

Iran rock fans turn deaf ear to hardliners

Headbanging and horn signs are banned at concerts

Ramadan attacks signal deadly Isis reach

Surge in violence linked to loss of territory in Iraq and Syria

Three truths about the Iraq war

There is no denying that this conflict has shaped recent history

Iran bank chiefs quit in salary scandal

Media outlets close to hardline members of regime publish payslips of top executives

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