Gazans, who may wait for a month for a permit to cross their borders, want easier passage. Photograph: EPA/Abir Sultan

The 72-hour Gaza ceasefire collapsed early yesterday because neither side was prepared to cede or compromise on key demands and Egypt, the go-between (...)

Egyptian soldiers stand guard as they close one of the entrances to Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

From the time of the pharaohs, the military has been an influential factor in Egyptian politics. Since the revolution mounted by the Free Officers mov(...)

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(...)