Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz meeting  Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has announced that a bridge connecting Egypt and Saudi Arabia would be built across the Red Sea. He made the announcement(...)

 Somaia Halawa, brother of Ibrahim Halawa, at the Dublin announcement late last month of a postcard campaign seeking his release. His birthday, referenced in the postcards, falls on Sunday, December 13th.   File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The European Parliament has agreed to table an urgent motion for resolution next week calling for the release of Ibrahim Halawa. The plight of the I(...)

 An Egyptian woman  shows her ink-stained finger after completing the voting procedures at a polling station for the second and final round of voting in the parliamentary elections in Cairo. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egyptians voted on Sunday in the second phase of elections that are meant to restore parliament after a more than three-year hiatus but which critics (...)

A  policeman inspects a car at a checkpoint at Sharm el-Sheikh airport yesterday. Egypt said it stood to lose $280 million a month from the halt in Russian and British flights. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared on Wednesday that the “lights will not be going out in Sharm el-Sheikh”, as he visited the Red Sea res(...)

Demonstrators protest against Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi near Downing Street whilst he met with Britain’s prime minister David Cameron in London, Britain. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

The first British tourists could be repatriated from Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday if UK officials are satisfied with a security assessment of the airport(...)

Migrants clamber on to a dinghy to sail for the Greek island of Chios from the western Turkish coastal town of Cesme on Wednesday. Greece and Bulgaria complain that Turkey does nothing to halt the flow into their countries of refugees. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

In celebration of the parliamentary election victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Ankara arrested three dozen opposition figures and mo(...)

South Africa’s foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in  New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

The third India-Africa summit in seven years opened this week at a sports stadium in New Delhi, amidst unprecedented security and chaotic traffic jams(...)

 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: the Egyptian president hailed the elections  as a milestone on the road to democracy. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptians turned out in low numbers on Sunday to vote in the first phase of an election hailed by president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a milestone on the(...)

Egyptians queue outside a polling station in the al-Haram neighbourhood in the southern Cairo Giza district. Photograph: Khaled DesoukiAFP/Getty Images

Egypt’s long-awaited parliamentary election got off to a slow start on Sunday, marking the final step in a process that was meant to restore democrac(...)

Outgoing oil minister Sharif Ismail meeting with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  at the presidential palace in Cairo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday asked oil minister Sherif Ismail to form a new cabinet within one week after the government submit(...)