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

Egypt’s deportation of al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste to Australia – and the likely expulsion to Canada of his colleague Mohamed Fahmy – has given(...)

 Mahmoud Bazzi (centre),   is suspected of murdering two Irish soldiers  serving with the United Nations 34 years ago. Photograph: PA

The chief suspect in the 1980 murder of two Irish peacekeepers, Mahmoud Bazzi, could go free under an amnesty covering crimes committed during the (...)

A video grab image from 2005 shows Sajida al-Rishawi, who tried to blow herself up at a hotel in Amman. Islamic State wants her released from a Jordanian prision in return for the release of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh. Photograph: Jordan TV/Reuters

Jordan has given priority to securing the release of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh captured by Islamic State last month, while the cult appears t(...)

Egyptian youths shout slogans at a protest in Cairo yesterday commemorating the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Photograph: Mohamed Shokry Algarnoussi/EPA

At least 18 people, including three policemen, were killed and 38 injured when demonstrators clashed with police enforcing a ban on unauthorised pr(...)

A Houthi fighter  in Sanaa. Yemen’s  rebels have welcomed proposed concessions but their gunmen still hold positions outside the presidential palace. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned yesterday, throwing the country deeper into chaos days after Houthi rebels battled their way into h(...)

An airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobani, Syria, in November. Islamic State laid siege to Kobani, in September.  The fighting continues with most residents having fled but the city is being defended by the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Last September nine Arab states agreed at a meeting in Jeddah to join the US-led military campaign against Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria, bu(...)

A supporter of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak celebrates after a court in Cairo found in his favour. Photograph: EPA

Egypt’s supreme court yesterday ordered the retrial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons in a case involving the embezzlement o(...)

A street vendor sells bananas close to a market in Cairo. Photograph:  Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Egypt’s second parliamentary elections since the 2011 uprising will be held in two phases on March 22nd and 23rd, the election commission announced ye(...)

 Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II (left), and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (centre), speak at the Coptic Cathedral of Saint Marcos in Cairo. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

A sharp freezing wind tugs at the coats and hats of Egyptians braving Cairo’s streets as the country celebrates the Orthodox Coptic Christmas. Leaves (...)

The trial of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa (above) is set to open on Tuesday in a court at the massive Tora Prison compound on the edge of Cairo

The trial of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa is set to open on Tuesday in a court at the massive Tora Prison compound on the edge of Cairo. Dublin-born (...)