The minaret of the Mamluk 14th century Madrasa of Sarghatmish is seen through the crenellations of the Tulunid 9th century Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images

Over the past century, the Middle East has been racked by nearly constant conflict, but the frontiers of the region’s modern states have remained f(...)

Freed Palestinian prisoner Hosni Sawalha (C) is greeted by his sister upon arrival in the West Bank village of Azmout this morning. Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners  to keep US-sponsored peacemaking on course. Photograph: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters.

Israeli authorities freed 26 Palestinian prisoners hours before Middle East peace talks were due to resume, satisfying a goal Palestinian leaders had(...)

European coal prices fell by 9 per cent in June as a result of low demand due to warm weather and steady supply. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg.

Electricity and gas prices are slowly receding from the record high levels experienced at the beginning of this year. The Bord Gáis Energy Index, whic(...)

Demonstrators wave flags and shout slogans as they gather on the occasion of the Feast of the Martyrs at Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, earlier this week. Photograph: Anis Mili/Reuters

‘Democracy without bread is not democracy. The only right we have won is freedom of expression. We need an intifada in Tunisia for a real revol(...)

Iraqis examine damage inflicted on their house by a car bomb attack in AL-Mashtal district in Baghdad last Tuesday. Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Baghdad and south of Iraq’s capital, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

On March 19th, 2003, the United States, under President George W Bush, and with the support of Britain and a number of other states, led an inv(...)