Islamic State-affiliated militants launched a wide-scale co-ordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohamed Kamal/EPA

Egypt’s army said yesterday that more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed in simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai, i(...)

Members of Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement marching in Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hamsmahmud/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation tha(...)

The killing of Hisham Barakat is the first assassination of a senior state official since the 2013 ousting of then president Mohamed Morsi. Photograph: Tahseen Bakr/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

Egypt’s chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, died on Monday from injuries inflicted in a Cairo bomb attack, the first assassination of a senior state o(...)

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State is a hydra-headed military cult that grows two poisonous heads for every one lopped off. Yesterday’s attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait (...)

Circle Oil, which is focused on oil and gas exploration and production in Morocco, Tunisia, Oman and Egypt, has a 75 per cent interest in the Lalla Mimouna permit

Circle Oil, the Limerick-based oil and gas exploration company that is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market in London, has reported positive re(...)

 Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mansour speaks as he leaves a prison in Berlin. He spent two nights in custody. Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Germany has released an Al-Jazeera journalist arrested by Berlin police on Saturday on foot of a request from Egypt. The arrest of Mr Ahmed Mansour, (...)

Police arrested Al-Jazeera’s Ahmed Mansour at a Berlin airport, the journalist said via Twitter, after Germany acted on an international arrest warrant issued by his home country Egypt. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

A leading Al Jazeera journalist was arrested at a Berlin airport on Saturday at the request of Egypt. A lawyer for the Qatar-based satellite network (...)

Reality television sometimes seems to be in a race to the bottom, but one woman’s germ of an idea is trying to harness its power for good. Anna Elliot(...)

‘The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, all state laws against equal marriage will fall. The outcome would represent another major step towards the vindication of LGBTI rights generally (and, as a trivial aside, would allow us to congratulate American friends on their judiciary having caught up with the plain people of Ireland). Supporters of same-sex marriages  outside the US Supreme Court on April 28th, 2015. Photograph:  MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, a(...)

 An explosion during a  Nato military exercise in Drawsko Pomorskie military range in  Poland. A global security report said on Wednesday that the cost of violence around the world reached a record $14.3 trillion last year. Photograph: Marcin Bielecki/EPA.

The cost of violence around the world reached a record $14.3 trillion (€12.7 trillion) in 2014, equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Can(...)