Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) greeting Jordanian King Abdullah II (L) in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Egyptian presidency handout.

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Sunday that an article in a law defining voting districts was unconstitutional, opening the way for a po(...)

Sisi turns the screw in Egypt

A new law giving authorities sweeping powers to crack down on individuals and groups who “undermine national unity” or threaten public order “by any m(...)

Relatives and supporters of Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah react after the verdict in his trial  in Cairo on Monday. Abdel Fattah was sentenced to five years in jail  for violating limits on demonstrations, part of one of the toughest crackdowns on dissent in Egypt’s history. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

An Egyptian court sentenced a prominent activist to five years in jail on Monday for violating limits on demonstrations, part of one of the toughest (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Charlie Flanagan paid his first visit to the Middle East as Minister for Foreign Affairs this week when he visited Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. On (...)

Dr Fatima Hamroush spoke at the IIEA on Libya’s decent into civil war. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Four years on, and Libya is a basket case. Four years ago this week a rising in second city Bengahazi set in train the overthrow of the brutal dictato(...)

An MQ-1 Predator drone: the lifting of sales restriction is likely to lead to a flood of request for purchases. Photograph: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

The United States government has agreed to sell to more allies armed unmanned aircraft or drones, controversially used in the wars in Iraq and Afghan(...)

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Egyptian Defence Minister Colonel General Sidqi Sobqi during a signing ceremony at the presidential palace in Cairo. Photograph: Egyptian president’s office/Reuters

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called for a United Nations resolution mandating an international coalition to intervene in Libya after Egypt’(...)

Brian O’Cathain chief executive Petroceltic. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The board of Petroceltic says it has been endorsed by three leading shareholder advisory groups in its fight with investor Worldview.The Dublin-based (...)

A European Union flag, left, flies alongside a Greek national flag beneath the Parthenon temple on Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece. Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

European stocks reversed early losses on Tuesday and yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds fell as investors reassessed the collapse of Greek debt tal(...)

François Hollande. He telephoned Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to “renew the expression of his solidarity”

France’s defence minister signed a €5.2-billion arms deal with Egypt on Monday, hours after the Egyptian air force bombarded Islamic State targets in(...)