Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher while being transported ahead of his trial in Cairo today. Mr Mubarak (86) was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for complicity in the deaths of demonstrators and the breakdown of law and order during the 18-day revolt that ended his 30-year presidency, but an appeals court subsequently ordered a retrial. Photograph: Reuters

An Egyptian court postponed to November 29th its verdict on whether former president Hosni Mubarak ordered the killing of protesters during the 201(...)

Gamal Siam, a Cairo University professor, next to a picture of his his deceased son Sherif, in Cairo. Egyptian police arrested 29-year-old Sherif Siam while clearing a Cairo protest camp one year ago. Four days later, he and 36 others suffocated in a packed police van on the way to jail. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Since the beginning of the year, Egypt’s security situation has improved considerably. The turmoil following the 2011 uprising has diminished due t(...)

 Protesters supporting the Muslim Brotherhood  demonstrate in the Al-Madey neighbourhood of Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Azza Fadaly/EPA

Four people were reportedly killed in Cairo during protests to mark the first anniversary of the bloody dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood protest ca(...)

 Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is transported from a helicopter to an ambulance on his way to his trial in Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Ahmed Asadi/EPA

Speaking from the dock, ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak yesterday defended his record during his 30-year rule and denied he had ordered the ki(...)

Human Rights Watch has criticised the   crackdown on dissent by authorities since  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seized power in July last year. Photograph: Reuters

Human Rights Watch has accused Egypt’s government of trying to silence all criticism, after two of its top staff were held at Cairo airport for 12 hou(...)

Muslim Brotherhood senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy (L) gestures the group’s four-fingered Rabaa hand symbol next to Islamist cleric Safwat Hegazis as they are held in  the defendant’s cage, at a courtroom in Cairo. An Egyptian court has today moved to dissolve the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters.

An Egyptian court has dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a crippling blow in the c(...)

A Palestinian flag flies over the destroyed home of Ismail Haniya, deputy chief of the Hamas movement, in Gaza City, on July 29th. A new coalition of Arab states has in effect lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not(...)

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (right) making a donation to a fund to support the Egyptian economy at a bank in Cairo earlier this month. Sisi had just announced cuts to subsidies in an attempt to improve the  economy. Photograph: Egyptian presidency/EPA

Under pressure from western powers and international lenders and investors, the Egyptian government is waging a “war on subsidies” that critics say(...)

Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon (left) observing the area while touring the Gaza division yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/IDF

The conflict between Israel and Hamas is similar to a poker game with both players constantly raising the stakes in the hope that his opponent will th(...)

Badge of honour: supporters of Hillary Clinton are preparing for a presidential run. Photograph: Astrid Riecken/MCT via Getty

Hillary Clinton insists that she has yet to decide if she’ll run for the presidency in 2016 but her campaign has been hard at work for months, raising(...)