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(...)

Undated family handout photo of  Ibrihim Halawa with sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia

Three Irish citizens jailed without charge in Egypt during clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and security forces are to be(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry participates in a joint news conference with Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy  in Cairo yesterday.  Mr  Kerry expressed guarded optimism  about a return to democracy in the country, as he began a tour partly aimed at easing tensions with Arab powers. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has said that Washington is committed to co-operating with Egypt’s caretaker government and called for “inclusive,(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) shakes hands with Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy at their news conference in Cairo today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has met his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo and said Egypt was a “vital partner” that Washington was committed to worki(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag yesterday containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

UN experts completed a third day of inspections in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus yesterday, seeking evidence of chemical weapons attacks, as(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter passes by the convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts

UN chemical weapons inspectors yesterday visited sites in the eastern Ghouta near Damascus as UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the team should be(...)

A soldier holds his weapon as he stands on an armoured personnel carrier positioned outside the state-run television station in Cairo. The military shut down all the Egyptian television networks that supported president Mohamed Morsi on the night he was ousted from office. Photograph: Louafi Larbi/Reuters

Amid an international outcry over a bloody crackdown, the new government named by Gen Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is putting concerted pressure on the only (...)

Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi cheer during a sit-in near Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in the Nasr City neighbourhood of Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Narciso Contreras/The New York Times

Egyptians were on tenterhooks yesterday as they expected the security forces to begin a campaign to end the two main Cairo sit-ins protesting the oust(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry participates in an impromptu game of soccer with staff as he waits for his plane to refuel at Vienna airport during a flight from Islamabad to London. In an interview with Pakistani media, Mr Kerry indicated support for Egypt’s new army leaders. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

The United States today said it would work with other nations to resolve Egypt’s crisis peacefully, injecting new energy into a push to end a bloody (...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi take part in an anti-army rally in Cairo last night. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters.

Egypt’s new rulers today said vigils by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi threatened national security, and signalled that they would end(...)