You have to feel some sympathy for the folk behind the third film in this faltering family franchise. The death of Mickey Rooney and Robin Wi(...)

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa  holding a picture of their brother Ibrahim  who is  in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Friends and family of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa, awaiting trial in Egypt, staged a vigil outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin on Saturday afterno(...)

A fruit vendor  at a Cairo market. Government interventions aim to improve life for Egyptians. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian economy has begun to show signs of recovery from the turmoil that followed the 2011 ousting of then president Hosni Mubarak during the Ar(...)

The Rendition Project and Reprieve have identified 27 aircraft used by the CIA in its rendition programme which they claim landed more than 200 times at Irish airports on global circuits that ferried al-Qaeda suspects around secret prisons or “black sites” between 2001 and 2006. File photograph:  PA Wire 1:08

The invoice states that the trip lasted four days in November 2012 and flew from Washington to Kabul in Afghanistan and back again stopping for fue(...)

A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The UN World Food Programme has said it is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The United Nations refugee agency urged rich nations on Tuesday to show solidarity with Syria’s neighbours by making pledges to resettle the most vuln(...)

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi gestures during his trial on charges of spying and terrorism. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood organisation has been desigated a terrorist group by Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt is beset by foreign terrorists on its borders, organised domestic terrorists in Sinai and lone wolf terrorists who plant homemade bombs at vulne(...)

Gerry Adams during his visit to the West Bank town of Ramallah on December 4th, 2014. Adams will meet with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and lay a wreath at the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel has barred Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams from visiting the Gaza Strip during a three-day tour of the region. Mr Adams says he was disappointe(...)

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(...)

Cairo University students shout slogans against the government and light a flare in protest at a court’s decision to drop a case against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Events in Egypt this week have led to intensified accusations that the authorities are going easy on figures from the regime of deposed former preside(...)

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (obscured) is carried on a stretcher to be transferred to a court, at a helicopter path in front of Maadi military hospital in Cairo. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

An Egyptian court has dropped its case against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters in the 2011 revolt that ended his thr(...)