US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in  Ramallah. Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/Reuters

As diplomatic shuttling intensified yesterday in an effort to secure a ceasefire to end the two-week conflict in Gaza, there was a public closing of r(...)

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa (18), who is  in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors have unanimously supported a motion calling for the immediate release on humanitarian grounds of Irish citizen Ibr(...)

Irish siblings (left to right) Ibrihim Halawa and sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia were detained by Egyptian authorities  last August. The sisters returned to Ireland in November. Photograph: Family handout/PA

The sister of an 18-year-old Irish Muslim man, detained in an Egyptian jail without charge or trail since August of last year, has criticised the Gove(...)

Al Jazeera journalists (L-R) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed stand behind bars at a court in Cairo. An Egyptian judge has sentenced the three men to seven years in jail on terrorism-related charges. Photograph:  Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

An Egyptian court has sentenced three journalists to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges.Al Jazeera Australian correspondent Peter(...)

 Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood supreme Guide Mohamed Badie gestures from behind bars during a trial session in Cairo this week. Photograph: EPA

An Egyptian court has confirmed the death sentences of more than 180 Islamists, including the top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Lawyers say the ru(...)

Few are in any real doubt about Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s imminent comfortable election as Egypt’s president in the polling which gets underway today. A (...)

US president Barack Obama with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as secretary of state John Kerry looks on, after their arrival in Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia, yesterday.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal demo(...)

Summary justice in Egypt

Egypt’s military regime has descended to a new low of summary justice and state terror with the threat of mass executions on an unparalle(...)

Former  Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi pictured inside the  cage in the  makeshift courtroom inside a police academy in Cairo where his trial is being held.  Photograph: Almasry Alyoum/EPA

Defence lawyers for ousted Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi and other defendants have walked out of court to protest the soundproof glass cage in(...)

Mustafa Sarigul, taking on the AK Party for the mayoral seat of Istanbul.

The walls of the local municipality’s conference room are lined with pictures of Mustafa Sarigül meeting the famous: Pope Benedict, Kofi Annan, Shimon(...)