Investors view plans for a new Egyptian capital beside Cairo at the Sharm el-Sheikh economic conference. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt’s government has announced plans to build a new capital adjacent to Cairo, in a massive new project that in its first phase would cost £30 billi(...)

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(...)

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(...)

An anti-government protester chants slogans during a protest in front of the journalists’ syndicate in Cairo. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president have fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on the fourth anniversary of the coun(...)

A file picture of Egyptian Coptic children attending a  new year Mass  at the Virgin Mary Coptic Christian church in  Al-Warrak, Cairo. The Egyptian capital this Christmas is a sanctuary for Syrian, Sudanese, Libyan, Somali, and Palestinian refugees. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Poinsettias, Christmas trees, coloured lights, decorations and tinsel are in fashion in the upmarket neighbourhood of Zamalek on the Nile island of Ge(...)

An Israeli mobile artillery unit firing towards the Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Qatar and Turkey continue to play a role in the search for a ceasefire in Gaza, despite yesterday’s breakdown just a few hours into what was to have b(...)

A Palestinian child who was injured in the Gazan conflict is prepared to be moved by ambulance from a hospital in north Sinai to Cairo after crossing the Gaza-Egypt border. About 100 wounded Palestinians have been allowed enter Egypt from Gaza for hospital treatment. Photograph: Muhamed Sabry/AP

Israel’s onslaught on Gaza finds Egypt between a rock and a hard place. The foreign ministry has condemned Israel’s “excessive” and “unjustified” use (...)

Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. While local polls show Sisi to be the overwhelming popular choice, a recent opinion survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre showed only 54 per cent of Egyptians favoured him. Photograph: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Calm and relaxed ahead of the presidential poll, Cairo is festooned with banners bearing the portrait of candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the presumed (...)

Irish Roots

The whole of Ireland now has a population about size of Rio de Janeiro. The number of people with Irish ancestors outside Ireland is more than of all (...)

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clash with security forces in Cairo. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA.

Egyptian police used tear gas today to end clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the state new(...)