Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks – the latest evidence that key we(...)

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(...)

 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi  in 2013. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on October 18th and 19th, the election commission said on Sunday, in the final step in(...)

Ibrahim Halawa:  awaiting trial in Egypt.   Ilustration: Brian Gallagher

It was a Friday in mid-August, a time of year when Dublin shifts into a slower gear and the long days blend into one. Politicians were on holiday. (...)

A general view of the Suez Canal. Photograph: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Nationalist celebrations to inaugurate a major extension of the Suez Canal intended to power an economic turnaround in Egypt began today, as Egyptian (...)

Cairo university students and members of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans against the military in a demonstration in Cairo in October, 1913. Many young members of the Brotherhood blame their elders for bungling the Arab Spring revolt and their chance to govern.  Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

A veteran leader of the Muslim Brotherhood was so alarmed by the rising calls for violence from the group’s youth that he risked arrest to urge the mo(...)

 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, (...)

Former  president of Egypt  Mohamed Morsi reacts  inside a defendants’ cage in a Cairo courtroom as a judge upholds a death sentence against him. Photograph: Ali Malki/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

An Egyptian court has upheld a death sentence against ousted president Mohamed Morsi in a trial stemming from the Muslim Brotherhood leader’s escape (...)

Journalist Ibrahim Aladrawi looks on behind bars with a sign reading “Journalist” taped over his mouth during his court appearance with Muslim Brotherhood members on the outskirts of Cairo, earlier this month. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt summoned the US ambassador in Cairo to show displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood figures coming to Washington for a private conference, sources fam(...)

The burned-out headquarters of Egypt’s National Democratic Party. The retrial of former leader of the party and president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak for allegedly diverting public funds has begun. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

An Egyptian court began a retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak and his sons for allegedly diverting public funds earmarked for the renovation o(...)