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(...)

 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(...)

Campaign meeting of the Love of Egypt party in the city of Qena. Voting is to begin on Sunday. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Voting in Egypt’s overdue parliamentary election is scheduled to begin on Sunday at a time when there is strong voter fatigue among Egyptians who co(...)

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(...)