An Egyptian voter shows her ink-stained finger after voting   in Cairo. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Voter fatigue and bad weather blamed for low turnout in poll for 282 seats

 Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Western powers want his removal from office as part of a Syrian peace deal. Photograph: EPA/Syrian Arab News Agency

Obsessive focus on particular Middle Eastern figures has only made them stronger

Egyptians light candles as the French and Egyptian flags and France’s national colours are projected onto one of the pyramids at Giza, outside Cairo,   in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. The words on the pyramid read: “Solidarity with France”. Photograph:  Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

The outpouring of empathy in the West for France has caused resentment in other places

Saudi King Salman with  Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Both condemned the weekend attacks in Paris. Photograph:  Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Kuwaiti sheikh: attacks ‘counter to all teachings of holy faith and humanitarian values’

Delicate diplomacy: John Kerry with foreign ministers from Russia, Sergei Lavrov; Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir; and Turkey, Feridun Sinirlioglu. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

Transfer of power and role of Bashar al-Assad are key items on the agenda in Vienna

A Russian employee of a hotel teaches belly dancing to Russian tourists in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Job losses in tourism industry could impoverish millions of Egyptians

Migrants clamber on to a dinghy to sail for the Greek island of Chios from the western Turkish coastal town of Cesme on Wednesday. Greece and Bulgaria complain that Turkey does nothing to halt the flow into their countries of refugees. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Using Islam as a tool in the Arab world, Erdogan is cast as a modern sultan

Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Photograph: the New York Times

Backer of regime change lost credibility when no weapons of mass destruction found

Yemenis unload food parcels provided by the Red Crescent in the southern port city of Aden. Yemenis’ ability to buy food has deteriorated. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images.

No deliveries for five weeks to Taiz where 240,000 civilians are in urgent need of food

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during talks in Vienna on October 23rd on the Syrian civil war. Iran has accepted an invitation to join talks. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/New York Times

Washington accepts Assad ally must to be part of solution in war-torn country

German chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades, as European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker point to her seat during the European People’s Party congress in Madrid, on Thursday. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

President sought reunification guarantees in exchange for support on EU accession talks

A man inspects a  house  hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in the town of Marshamsha, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Saudi-Turkish policy shifting in face of battlefield setbacks for extremists

Campaign meeting of the Love of Egypt party in the city of Qena. Voting is to begin on Sunday. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Several parties founded in the wake of the 2011 uprising are boycotting the poll

A cross hangs over the street in  Beirut, Lebanon. The document says if the current exodus continues, by 2020 there could be no Christians in Iraq, where persecution is “extreme”. Photograph: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

Persecution removing Christianity from biblical heartland, says Aid to the Church in Need

Relatives mourn a victim of the twin bombings in Ankara. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Attack on peace rally could be blowback for Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s support

Palestinians use slingshots to hurl stones towards Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. Photograph: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters

Spate of assaults on Israelis triggers concern that yet another uprising on way

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad: targeting of Syria shows Moscow gives priority to strengthening Damascus against near enemies rather than striking Islamic State. Photograph: Sana via Reuters

Military action by Moscow places political pressure on other players

Sisters Canan Osman (2) and  Lina (8)  at Harran refugee camp in  Turkey. Women and children make up nearly a quarter of nearly 80,000 civilians killed in the Syrian war. Photograph: Cem Turkel/EPA

British Medical Journal report says bombing and shelling most likely to cause child deaths

An ambulance evacuates victims following the crush at Mecca. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Revision of pilgrim event is ordered as it appears some routes were closed

Vladimir Putin’s Russian military is not only expanding its presence and role in Syria but has also agreed to set up an anti-IS operations command with Iran, Syria and Iraq

Moscow concern over IS enlistment of 2,000 radicals from Russia’s Muslim republics

Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

Analysis: Western leaders know Syria president’s army is only ground force in region

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (left) giving an interview to Russian media outlets on September 15th. Russia’s recent military build-up in Syria aims to boost his embattled regime. Photograph: AFP Photo/HO/Sana

Moscow increases military force in determination to prevent collapse of Syrian state

Those arriving have injuries to their feet and ankles from walking great distances. Some have been tortured or shot. Photograph: Jörg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany needs ‘big emergency plan’ to help refugees, says doctor in Munich

 Syrian president Bashar Assad told western governments: “If you are worried [about refugees], stop supporting terrorists.”   Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

Syrian president says West has provided financial and military backing for opponents

Woman and child on a platform in Berlin’s Schoenefeld station after emerging from a special train coming from Munich. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

‘When we reached Germany we ...understood we were entering another stage in our lives’

Residents waiting in line to receive food aid distributed in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, in January 2014. Many Palestinian refugees fled the camp after it was overrun by al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra fighters. Photograph:  United Nation Relief and Works Agency via Getty Images

It took Jamil and family two months – and $30,000 – to find a new home in Germany

A migrant child from Iraq  after crossing the border from Hungary to Austria, in Nickelsdorf. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Refugees are leaving behind conflict, slave labour, concentration camps and torture

Bashar al-Assad: according to Vladimir Putin, the Syrian president ‘agrees to holding parliamentary elections and establishing contacts with the so-called healthy opposition’. Photograph: EPA/SANA

Analysis: Russian leader blames Islamic State terror, not the government, for thousands of Syrian refugees in Europe

Palestinians working  on a  building  destroyed during the conflict  in the summer of last year in Gaza. Photograph:  Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Urgent action needed to lift Israeli blockade, says report

The Temple of Bel before and after the destruction at  Palmyra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s puritan Wahhabi doctrine is the font of Islamic State beliefs

The Greco-Roman Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, which the Islamic State group targeted. Photograph: Reuters/Sandra Auger

Outer walls and columns of 2,000-year-old temple said to be still standing in spite of Sunday’s massive explosion

Al-Jazeera journalists Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed wait for the verdict. Photograph: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

International condemnation of journalists’ sentences ‘unacceptable interference’

Residents cover their noses as they walk past garbage piled up along a street in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Trash continues to pile up in streets of Beirut as no new landfill site has been designated

The sons of Khaled al-Asaad, the late 83-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Omar and Mohamad, display a portrait of their father during a ceremony in his memory at the National Museum in Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Condemnation of the murder gives Islamic State the publicity it craves

Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, with Syrian refugees during his visit to a makeshift settlement  in Lebanon. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Violence and food shortages continue as UN warns that 13 million need aid

The ancient city of Palmyra. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Khaled al-Asaad (82) had worked on the excavation of Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old ruins

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: The law he ratified has been criticised by the Journalists Syndicate, media workers and human rights activists, who argue that key provisions would muzzle the press.  Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Death penalty possible for those convicted of forming, financing or leading terrorist cells

A young woman gets Yemen’s national flag painted on her face during a protest against the Saudi-led coalition outside the offices of the United Nations in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, on Tuesday. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Scarcity of medical facilities in additionto to food shortages reaching dangerous levels

Haidar al-Abadi: won the support of his cabinet to eliminate a layer of senior government positions. Photograph: Reuters/Iraqi PM Media Office

Haidar al-Abadi takes anti-corruption measures in face of mounting unrest

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and US secretary of state John Kerry,  before a trilateral meeting on Monday in Doha. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ pool photo via AP

Russia urges world powers to join forces with Syrian government to fight Islamic State

A Lebanese woman covers her nose from the smell as she walks on a street partly blocked by piles of garbage in Beirut. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Government inaction on rubbish left on streets is blamed on political difficulties

Residents queueing for humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, Damascus, in March. Photograph: Reuters

Disease could spread to capital Damascus if Unwra continues to be stopped from helping

Syrian vendors prepare sweets ahead of celebrations of Eid al-Fitr at the al-Jazmatia market in the al-Midan neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Youssef Basawi/EPA

The diplomatic quarter of Abu Rummaneh is a world away from the rest of Syria’s capital

Maaloula: the 14th-century Christian town in Syria which is rising again after eight months of occupation by insurgents. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Debris has been cleared and repairs are under way since Christian/Muslim clashes of 2013

Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president acknowledges ‘important’ input from Hizbullah

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and interior minister Mohammed bin Nayef Al Saud (left) said terrorist incidents would not destabilise the kingdom. Photograph: Saudi Press Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Kingdom says it has foiled attacks on mosques, foreign diplomatic mission

Anti-Houthi  fighters  prepare to go to the frontline  in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

City key to getting control of country from rebels, says exiled president

As final touches were being put to the text, US president Barack Obama sought to allay the concerns of King Salman of Saudi Arabia

Response of Saudi Arabia and the UAE is tepid but others hail pact

Deal on nuclear weapons ensures chance of thaw in US-Iran relations. Photograph: Getty Images

Agreement ends decades of sanctions and may allow reforms in country of 77.5m people

Houthi fighters travel on the back of a patrol truck in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Aid to reach all parts of country as Saudi blockade threatens famine

Demonstrators supporting Greece in front of the EU office  in Nicosia last week. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Cyprus, a small country heavily reliant on Greece, is facing its own fragile recovery

An Islamic State fighter destroys ancient objects  from Palmyra, as others watch on in the town of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo. Photograph: Kim Doo-Ho/AFP/Getty Images

Bombing conducted in reaction to offensive from fundamentalist alliance in Aleppo

The killing of Hisham Barakat is the first assassination of a senior state official since the 2013 ousting of then president Mohamed Morsi. Photograph: Tahseen Bakr/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

Remotely-controlled bomb in car also injures two drivers, civilian and five security men

Coffins draped with Kuwaiti flags belonging to victims of the Kuwaiti Shia mosque  bombing,  which have been brought to  Najaf, Iraq, for burial. Photograph: jaber al-helo/AP/

Islamic State admits attack, the first of its kind in Kuwait

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

IS selects targets giving it strategic dominance and access to economic assets providing independence

Islamic State militants carry plastic containers full of explosives as they prepare to blow up mausoleums in the historic town of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: the website of Islamic State militants via AP

The 2,000-year-old UNESCO site could still be destroyed despite pledges to preserve it

Members of the Druze community watch the fighting in the Druze village of Hader, in Syria, last week as they stand on the Israeli side of the border fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near Majdal Shams. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Druze leaders demand intervention using the Israeli air force

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Revolutionary Council in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Photograph: OSAMA FALAH/EPA

Abbas asks outgoing prime minister to nominate replacement cabinet

Syrian Kurdish fighters celebrate on Monday after wresting Tal Abyad from Islamic State. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Syrian Kurds gain control of frontier as Ankara speaks of ethnic cleansing

 Syrian refugees waiting on the Syrian side of the border crossing  near Akcakale, in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday. Iran has denied it has deployed troops in Syria to bolster the Syrian army and its militia allies although this has been widely reported in the Syrian media. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

US playing down Iran’s investment so as not to undermine nuclear negotiations

Fighters from a coalition of rebel groups called “Jaish al Fateh” in an underpass near Psoncol, in the Idlib countryside, Syria. Photograph: Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters

Foreign forces arrive as Islamic State has said it will mount an offensive against the capital

Rawabi will have 23 neighbourhoods, schools, mosque, church, shops,  commercial centre, restaurants and cafes, cinemas and an amphitheatre. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Against all odds, a flagship Palestinian city is rising up on the West Bank

Palestinians jump into a water canal used for irrigation to cool off as temperatures soared to 44 degrees in late May in the West Bank city of Jericho. inhabited for 10,000 years, Jericho vies with Damascus as the oldest city in the world. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Although classified as Area A, under full Palestinian control, ‘every day Israeli soldiers enter the area’

An Israeli soldier pushes a Palestinian protester during scuffles at a demonstration against Palestinian land confiscation by Israel in the West Bank village of Massara, near Bethlehem. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

The way forward is likely to be forged by non-violent methods

Children queue for water in the northwestern Syrian city of Ariha, in Idlib province, on Tuesday, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area. Syria has seen an increased flow of weapons and funds and an influx of fighters to insurgent and jihadi groups. Photogaph:  Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Washington following the Saudi-Qatari lead rather than the other way around

Dresses from Jordan in Amman’s Tiraz centre, a museum displaying a one-woman collection of traditional Arab dress. Photograph: Michael Jansen

A lifetime’s pursuit of fine embroidered attire sheds light on centuries of heritage

Armed Yemeni children sit in the back of a lorry with fighters loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Photograph: Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi military strikes on Sanaa intensify before start of truce

Syrian refugee children at the souk in Al- Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.  Photograph: Jordan Pix/Getty Images

Jordanians fear Syrian refugees will want to settle permanently

Jordan’s Queen Rania holds a picture of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh who was executed by the Islamic State earlier this year. Photograph: Petra News Agency/Reuters

Popular risings in neighbouring countries have served to enforce Jordan’s status quo

A member of  the Popular Resistance Committees loyal to Yemen’s fugitive president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi keeps position in the city of Taiz.  Photograph: Abdel Rahman Abdallah/AFP/Getty Images

Conflicting reports of coalition force entering Yemeni city to defend airport

Saudi interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been appointed crown prince. Prince Nayef is said to be the most powerful figure in the country. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

King Salman elevates nephew and son to crown prince and deputy crown prince

  Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “We will continue to be on Yemen’s side, whether in humanitarian or in other ways.” Photograph: EPA/Turkish Presidental Press Office

Turkey welcomes end of air strikes while US calls for resumption of UN peace talks

Residents wait in line to receive food aid in Yarmouk camp. Fighting between militants over control of the camp has only compounded the misery of residents already suffering from acute shortages of food, clean water and power. Photograph: Moayad Zaghmout/Reuters

Fighters thought to have colluded with Jabhat al-Nusra to harm Hamas affiliate

Dubai’s ruler, Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is the visionary behind the emirate’s drive to be first, biggest and best in all things. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Staggering 70 million pass through Dubai’s futuristic airport each year

Women carry banners during a protest against Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, in front of the offices of the United Nations headquarters in Beirut April 9th, 2015. Photograph: Aziz Taher/Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman bin Abdel Aziz, has powerful domestic reasons for waging a war

 South Yemenis stand on a tank used by militiamen loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, following clashes with Houthi fighters in the  port city of Aden on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Red Cross calls for temporary ceasefire to facilitate medical teams and supplies

 Palestinian families  at a makeshift centre in Damascus, Syria, after being evacuated from Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: EPA/SANA

Urgent plea for humanitarian access to Palestinian camp invaded by IS militants

Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces walk  in the Syrian city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government control. Photograph:  Zein Al-Rifai/AFP/Getty Images

Total has risen sharply from a few thousand a decade ago to over 25,000 today, says report

EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Breakthrough could mean Tehran rejoins international community and repairs economy

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands inside a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on Sunday. Photograph:  Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images

Shia militias ignore preconditions for US air strikes, as tiny IS force holds on to city

 Yemenis gather beside a burning vehicle allegedly belonged to Houthi fighters following clashes with tribal militiamen loyal to Yemeni president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The deployment against the Houthi indicates an all-out Saudi offensive

Crac des Chevaliers, an 11th century crusader castle in Syria which has been reclaimed by the country’s department of antiquities, having been seized by insurgents in 2012. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Authorities avert destruction at some sites by moving artefacts to safety

Children playing at a makeshift settlement for Syrian refugees in Bar Elias, in the Bekaa valley. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 215,000 people have been killed since the start of the crisis in 2011, about  half of them civilians. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Conflict takes heavy toll as fear and crime grind down a dispersed people

Bakdash, a modest shop planted in the centre of 18th-century Souq al-Hamidiya in Damascus, is mobbed from morning to night

Damascus shop Bakdash serves 15,000 customers daily despite shattered economy

Syrian opposition leader Khaled Khoja speaks after a meeting in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Years of carnage are forcing rival groups to see the value of a united national vision

An Islamic State loyalist in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29th, 2014. Men who live in the IS-controlled city told The Irish Times the city has “no government”. Photograph: Reuters

Men who fled Raqqa describe life in city ‘with no law, no courts, no schools, no universities’

Syrians enjoy a snack in a park in the city of Damascus. The war in Syria is entering its fifth year. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

In part one of a series, Damascus is bursting with life, but there is neither peace nor safety

A 2001 file picture taken shows Iraqi workers cleaning a statue of winged bull at an archeological site in Nimrud, which has been levelled by Islamic State. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP

Bulldozing of capital of Assyrian empire condemned as ‘cultural barbarism’

Members of the Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters celebrate after taking control of the town of Hamrin from Islamic State militants, on Tuesday. Two of the Shia militias most feared by Sunnis are taking part in the ongoing offensive to take Tikrit. Photograph:Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

US and Iran have joined soldiers, militiamen and tribesmen in crucial campaign for strategic city

A Palestinian girl  carries her sister during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip calling for reconstruction of houses. Some 150,000 Gazans remain homeless. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Failure of donors to honour pledges and Israel’s withholding of revenues, cited by senior PA figure

At least 70 Syrian army soldiers and 86 insurgents have reportedly died in clashes during an offensive to cut off insurgent supply lines in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Trial ceasefire proposal put to UN Security Council following talks with Assad

Neighbours and friends of the relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya attend Mass in south Cairo. A banner with pictures of the men who were killed is displayed on the church wall. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Raids in retaliation for killing of 21 hostages escalate 20-month campaign

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy arrives to talk to the judge  near Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian judge  has ordered Mr Fahmy and another Al-Jazeera English journalist, Baher Mohammed,  to be released on bail  as their retrial on terror-related charges continues. Photograph: Hassan AmmarAP

High court had overturned original sentences for assisting illegal Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian relatives of the members of security forces killed in North Sinai province during an attack arrive at Cairo military airport in  Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

Outlawed Muslim Brotherhood goes on attack ahead of March elections

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt has been postponed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Announcement made without giving cause, trial to resume on March 29th in new venue

The father of IS-murdered Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh is surrounded by family and security during a mourning ceremony at his family clan headquarters in Karak, Jordan. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawiafp/Getty

Amman pre-empts tribesmen’s revenge for killing of Muath al-Kaseasbeh with executions

US president Barack Obama: said video would redouble the determination of the US-led coalition to “degrade and defeat” Islamic State. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president says video of Muath Kaseasbeh execution is further evidence of IS ‘viciousness and barbarity’

Men chant outside a social hall in Amman, Jordan, with a picture of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh after a video of his purported execution was released by IS. Photograph: Warrick Page/The New York Times)

Kingdom has been in two minds over participation in US-led coalition

President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis (left) welcomes  new Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Nicosia on Monday. The euro zone “would be maimed without Greece and Cyprus”, said Mr Tsipras.  Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

On first foreign trip in office, Greek PM says Cyprus should follow example of Athens

Australian journalist Peter Greste: his release was granted under a law permitting deportation of foreigners to their home countries for trial or to serve out sentences. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy could be deported but Egyptian Baher Mohamed remains in jail

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