Houthi expansion threatens Yemeni strait

Interference with shipping could hit global trade through Suez Canal

Chaos in Syria and Iraq revives Kurds’ nationalist ambitions

Defence of Kobani has become a rallying call for stateless Kurds

Women targeted in Iran power struggle

Attacks part of campaign by hardliners to ‘propagate virtue’

Iranians struggle with cost of living

Perception that improvement is not feeding through to real economy

British spy drones to fly over Syria

Aircraft to gather intelligence against Isis fighters

Assad still using chemical arms, say rebels

Syria seen as flouting 2013 deal while world focuses on Isis

Turkey allows Kurds to relieve Kobani

Shift in policy as US drops weapons to city’s defenders

Iraq appoints new security chiefs

Sunni and Shia to hold sensitive interior and defence posts


Mind your metadata, Isis warns followers

Manual advises jihadis on cyber blackout to avoid attack

Clashes endanger Turkey-PKK peace process

Violence surges as Kurds attack wrong Islamist militants

Suicide bomb hits anti-Isis group in Syria

Attack on Hazm Movement sends warning to groups considering joining western coalition

Businesses look to Iran opportunities

London conference prepares for eventual easing of sanctions

Carter Center withdraws from Egypt

‘Narrowing of political space’ prompted decision to leave country

Kurds declare advance on Kobani

Key positions retaken as Americans attack Islamist ground forces

Investors eye Egypt energy opportunities

Sentiment improves on perception stability is returning

Isis makes big ‘gains’, says general

Coalition chief Allen says militants advancing in Iraq and Syria

Fighting erupts between Libyan factions

Cairo denies reports that Egyptian fighters bombed Benghazi

US defence group staff shot in Riyadh

Motive unclear as one American is killed and a second wounded

Pakistani Taliban leaders turn to Isis

Announcement suggests rivalry between Islamist factions

Saudi investor warns on falling oil price

Alwaleed ‘astonishment’ over government playing down issue