Islamists kill 31 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai

Cairo said to be preparing retaliation

Tunisia police kill six ahead of poll

Violence highlights threats to the country’s fragile democracy

Tunisia poll takes place amid disillusionment

Nine out of 10 people surveyed describe economy as ‘bad’

US accuses allies of buying Isis oil

Islamist group earning as much as $1m a day, says Treasury official

A chance for Islam to unite against Isis

A lack of central authority opens the door to a charismatic leader, writes Hossein Mousavian

Battle revives Kurds’ nationalist ambitions

Defence of Kobani has become a rallying call for stateless Kurds

Houthi expansion threatens Yemeni strait

Interference with shipping could hit global trade through Suez Canal

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

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