Esraa el Taweel, a disabled photographer who says she was forcefully abducted by the Egyptian government for two weeks before surfacing in a courthouse. Photograph: Sima Diab/The New York Times

After the security forces raided the home of Islam Khalil, a 26-year-old salesman, last summer, he seemed to vanish without a trace. Khalil, who lives(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Protesters clash with riot police in Cairo, January 2011. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Photo

“I participated in the January revolution,” Egyptians have boasted on social media ahead of today, January 25th, the fifth anniversary of the first da(...)

Bosnian general Ratko Mladic and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in April 1995: the term “ethnic cleansing” was coined by the latter during the Bosnian war. Photograph: Ranko Cukovic/Reuters

As the civil war in Syria moves towards a fifth year there have been calls for a Bosnian-style peace accord that would bring all players to the table,(...)

Ibrahim Halawa: He was 17 when arrested during protests against the ousting of Egypt’s then president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ibrahim Halawa is about to reach yet another milestone. In August, the young Irishman was in his cell at Wadi el-Natrun prison to mark the two-year an(...)

The trial in Egypt of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa has been postponed for the eleventh time.

The trial of Irish national Ibrahim Halawa in an Egyptian court was adjourned once again on Saturday and will not resume until January 9th. Mr Hala(...)

A high degree of resilience: Syrians walk past a billboard in Damascus which bears the slogan: “You are the future and long live the country”. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Damascus is a bit more down-at-heel than when I last visited at the end of July but rubbish is collected, streets are swept by diligent men pushing ba(...)

EU parliament resolution demanding that death penalty be ruled out  if Ibrahim Halawa is convicted  passed yesterday by 566 votes to 11. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Parliament has called for the immediate release of Irish man Ibrahim Halawa, who has been detained in Egypt for more than two years. M(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told the Dail the Government’s approach to dealing with the case of Ibrahim Halawa was the  one most likely to make progress.

The Government’s approach to dealing with the case of Ibrahim Halawa, the Irishman imprisoned in Egypt since August 2013, is the one most likely to ma(...)

The trial in Egypt of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa has been postponed for the tenth time.

The trial in Egypt of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa has been postponed for the tenth time. The proceedings were due to begin on Tuesday but the absence of(...)