The situation in Gaza has been exacerbated by three Israeli military operations in the past six years and nearly a decade-long economic blockade.  Photograph: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a gruelling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, (...)

Philip O’Quigley: the  CEO of Falcon Oil & Gas said the drilling results in Australia  had exceeded expectations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Falcon Oil & Gas, an exploration company chaired by industry veteran John Craven, saw its share price surge by close to 8 per cent on Tuesday afte(...)

Aer Lingus surprised observers to close up 7.7 per cent at €2.67

European shares suffered their worst monthly performance in four years yesterday, as concerns over a Chinese economic slowdown and a possible US inter(...)

Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi (third left) and his delegation meeting Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (centre) on Saturday. The Italian energy company announced on Sunday it has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt

Eni’s “supergiant” gas find off the coast of Egypt bolsters its top-flight exploration credentials and gives the Italian energy group access to easy r(...)

 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi  in 2013. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on October 18th and 19th, the election commission said on Sunday, in the final step in(...)

A file image from 2014 showing, Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, (left), Canadian-Egyptian reporter Mohammed Fahmy (centre), and correspondent Peter Greste (right),  in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the three Al-Jazeera  journalists to three years in prison. Photograph: AP 2:09

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticised world(...)

Morocco is a good destination for winter sun

My husband and I are planning a 10-day holiday from mid-October. We would like to go somewhere that doesn’t involve a long-haul flight but which ha(...)

A 19-year-old Yazidi woman, one of hundreds who says she was taken into sexual slavery by the Islamic State group, now living at a refugee camp in Qadiya, Iraq. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Islamic State atrocities have descended like distant nightmares upon the numbed conscious of the world. The first beheadings of Americans had the powe(...)

A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. Photograph: Reuters/Hani Amara

Libya has recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, saying that almost 100 more people were missing and fe(...)

French president Hollande  after his speech during the annual gathering of French ambassadors at the Élysée Palace in Paris on August 25th. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer / EPA/ Pool MaxPPP

When French president François Hollande addressed France’s ambassadors to foreign countries, assembled in the red velvet and gilt reception rooms of t(...)