Palestinian children, who fled their homes following an Israeli ground offensive, receive bags of bread from United Nations  workers at a UN-run school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters.

Israeli tanks and bulldozers dug in across a mile-wide strip of Gaza’s eastern frontier today as Palestinian officials said military strikes had kill(...)

Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi (left)  with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Wednesday.  Abbas is widely criticised by Palestinians for not condemning Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukri yesterday denounced Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza and demanded that Palestinians and Israelis accept Cairo(...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The trial in Cairo of Irish national Ibrahim Halawa set for yesterday has been postponed until August 12th for “technical reasons”.His sister Nosayba(...)

Israeli flares float down over Gaza tonight  in Sderot, Israel. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Egypt is proposing a temporary ceasefire as a first step in ending the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has left more than 175 people dead.The(...)

Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Badie was sentenced along with 36 other Brotherhood leaders today.  Photoraph:
Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper/Reuters

An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison today, the court’s judge said, for inciting violence that erupte(...)

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(...)

Jailing journalists

The shockingly flimsy case against the three international journalists from al-Jazeera’s English-language network, each jailed for seven years plus, i(...)

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 president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) and US secretary of state John Kerry in conversation before a meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry held talks yesterday with president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo over concerns about Egypt’s crackdown on the Muslim(...)

 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(...)