Former Tunisian prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi,  leader of   Nidaa Tounes,  which is expected to  be  the strongest force in new  parliament.  Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

Tunisia’s Ennahda party, the first Islamist movement to secure power after the 2011 Arab spring revolts, has conceded defeat in elections that ar(...)

Members of Tunisia’s security services raise the victory sign following a 24-hour stand-off with a suspected terror cell yesterday. Photograph: EPA

Tunisian security forces yesterday killed six people, including five women, after a standoff with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tu(...)

Supporters of Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisia, at an election  rally in Slimania, south of Tunis, on Tuesday. Leaders of Ennahda say they overestimated the power of democracy alone to tame violent extremism. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Nearly four years after the Arab Spring revolt, Tunisia remains its lone success as chaos engulfs much of the region. But that is not its only dist(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias. Photograph: EPA/STR

Libya lurched closer to fragmentation and civil war at the weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, proclaimed their own(...)

Black plumes of smoke rise in the vicinity of Camp Thunderbolt, after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Benghazi. At least 36 people were killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilian, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed over the weekend, medical and security sources said. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

At least 36 people were killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and ye(...)

Lounes Ouachek of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23rd, 2012.  Photograph: Reuters

A 44-year-old Algerian man who attempted to murder his wife by bludgeoning her in the head with a kettle bell is to be sentenced later.Lounes Ouachek (...)

Samir Mansour at the Central Criminal Court, Dublin last week. Photograph: Collins.

A Westmeath chef who raped a young woman after inviting her back to his apartment for a party has been given a seven year sentence.Samir Mansour (48) (...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, who is to appear before the committee this evening and tomorrow morning. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Progress, or the lack of it, on a range of human rights issues in Ireland will be scrutinised by the United Nations today and tomorrow. Minister for J(...)

Ryanair has cancelled up to 28 flights from Irish airports to and from France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands due to a strike by French air traffic controllers while Aer Lingus has also warned passengers of lengthy delays.

Ryanair has cancelled up to 28 flights from Irish airports to and from France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands due to a strike by French air traff(...)

Olinguito Bassaricyon neblina in Ecuador. Photograph: Mark Gurney

A bug called Tinkerbell, a mammal that looks like a living teddy bear and a see-through shrimp are included in the top 10 new species discovered durin(...)