The Corinthia Hotel  in Tripoli, Libya. Photograph: EPA

Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favoured by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people(...)

People pose around a poster of journalists Nadhir Ktari (left) and Sofiane Chourabi, who went missing in Libya in September, during a demonstration over their disappearance, in Tunis on January 9th. Photograph: Anis Mili/Reuters

Libyan militants calling themselves part of the Islamic State have saidthat they were holding captive 21 Egyptian Christians, raising new fears about (...)

A fruit vendor  at a Cairo market. Government interventions aim to improve life for Egyptians. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian economy has begun to show signs of recovery from the turmoil that followed the 2011 ousting of then president Hosni Mubarak during the Ar(...)

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi gestures during his trial on charges of spying and terrorism. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood organisation has been desigated a terrorist group by Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt is beset by foreign terrorists on its borders, organised domestic terrorists in Sinai and lone wolf terrorists who plant homemade bombs at vulne(...)

An undated video grab taken from YouTube of David Bolam, a British teacher who was held hostage by militants in Libya who has now been released. Photograph: YouTube/PA Wire.

A British man who had been held hostage by militants in Libya has been released.The British Foreign Office said it was “glad that David Bolam is safe (...)

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said. Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A few months ago few in the West had heard of Isis, the Sunni militants known at different times as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and as Islamic (...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital Tripoli this morning, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said the(...)

A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters

More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official said today.“We believe the(...)

Smoke rises over an oil depot, containing six million litres of petrol, hit by a rocket, in Tripoli. Anarchy has swept theNorth African oil producer during two weeks of fighting by rival factions. Photograph: Hani Amara/Reuters

A rocket hit a fuel storage tank in a chaotic battle for Tripoli airport that has all but closed off international flights to Libya, leaving fire-fig(...)

A Benghazi TV  employee inspects damage in the Libyan television station’s studios after an artillery shell landed on its roof earlier this week. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Heavy fighting between militias with anti-aircraft guns and rocket propelled grenades broke out near the airport of the Libyan capital Tripoli today. (...)