Apocalyse soon? ‘The resurgence of post-apocalyptic fiction is partly because the general public is getting that message that things are going to get worse before they get better.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Nuclear disaster, climate change, rampant disease, asteroid strikes, zombie outbreaks, nationalised healthcare, angry deities – these are just (...)

Long regarded as of one Britain’s major literary figures, Edward Morgan Forster wrote six novels, including Howard(...)

Women who were found guilty of obstructing traffic during a pro-Islamist protest in October smile during their appeal hearing at a court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria last Friday. Photograph: Reuters

The trial began yesterday of three prominent secular Egyptian democracy campaigners charged with participating in illegal protests and assaulting poli(...)

Cathal Armstrong and his wife with Barack and Michelle Obama

Americans sat down to consume an estimated 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, with traditional side dishes of sweet potato and marshm(...)

Former  president Mohammed Morsi: “This coup will fall by the strength of the Egyptian people and their fight for rights and freedom.”  Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/AP

Egypt’s deposed president has accused the army chief who overthrew him of treason, in a speech made on his behalf by his legal team. In only his secon(...)

This image made from video shows ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, centre, arriving for a trial hearing in Cairo, yesterday. Emerging from four months in secret detention, the deposed Islamist president defiantly rejected the court’s authority to try him. Photograph: AP photo/Egyptian interior ministry

After four months in secret detention, Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi appeared in court alongside 14 other members of the now banned (...)

John Kerry, US secretary of state, speaks at an investment summit in Washington, today.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

US secretary of state John Kerry will visit Egypt a day before deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi goes on trial. The Monday court case is the ne(...)

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi passes a poster to another during a protest named ‘People Protect the Revolution’  in Cairo today. , Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt’s army-backed authorities have decided to annul the Muslim Brotherhood’s non-governmental organisation, an official said today, widening a drive(...)

The destroyed Evangelical Church in Mallawi at Minya governorate, about 245 km  south of Cairo.

Egypt’s Coptic Christians in provincial cities and towns have been the victims of assault, attacks on their homes and shops, and burnings of cars and (...)

 Usain Bolt of Jamaica (C) crosses the line first to win a third gold medal this time in the Men’s 4x100 metres final during Day Nine of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Photograph:  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce secured their third gold medals of the Moscow world championships when the two 100m and 200m sprint champions (...)