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

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has called a meeting for early next month to discuss the future of the cash-strapped Palestinian government and(...)

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

As fighting surged north of Aleppo yesterday, United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said the Syrian government was prepared to suspend aerial bomba(...)

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

The raids by the Egyptian air force on Islamic State (IS) camps and arsenals is an escalation in Cairo’s 20-month campaign against the cult. The st(...)

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

Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and four other defendants were yesterday released by a Cairo court which had postponed the fir(...)

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

The highways between town and Cairo’s international airport were yesterday flanked with posters welcoming Russian president Vladimir Putin, visiting a(...)

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

The trial of Irish national Ibrahim Halawa was yesterday postponed until March 29th and the venue was moved from the police academy on the outskirts o(...)

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 yesterday vowed to escalate involvement in the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS), which occupies large tracts of territory in Iraq an(...)

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

Jordan’s King Abdullah cut short a visit to Washington yesterday following the posting of images of the execution by Islamic State (IS) of cap(...)

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)

The brutal murder by Islamic State (IS) of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh has shocked and stunned Jordan which was, until yesterday, of two minds (...)

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

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras has told Greek Cypriots that the dissolution of the troika would serve the interests of both Greece and Cypr(...)