Renowned journalist Robert Fisk (right) delivered a lecture at UCD on Monday night, entitled Life after Isis. The event, hosted by the Philosophical and Law Societies in UCD,  was attended by the President, Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The EU is embarking on a misadventure in sending refugees to Turkey – a country which has a history of human rights abuses stretching from the Armenia(...)

Paola, the mother of Giulio Regeni, with lawyer Alessandra Ballerini and senator Luigi Manconi, at the Italian Senate, in Rome. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo

When the parents of Giulio Regeni, the 28-year-old Italian research student killed in mysterious and gruesome circumstances in Cairo early this year, (...)

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz meeting  Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has announced that a bridge connecting Egypt and Saudi Arabia would be built across the Red Sea. He made the announcement(...)

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura: tasked with finding a formula both sides can accept. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/Getty Images

At the end of the first week of Syrian talks, Damascus and the main Syrian opposition coalition remain trapped in positions which will have to be aba(...)

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the   Africa 2016 forum in Sharm el-Sheikh on February 20th. His government maintains Egypt’s judiciary is independent. Photograph: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

As alibis go, this one would seem to be airtight: Your honour, my client was only a year old at the time of the crime. But it did not stop an Egypt(...)

Druze men from the village of Buqatat carry a picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad during a rally in support of the Syrian regime at the weekend. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

When Arab Spring protests against autocratic governments erupted in 2011, the common causes in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Yemen, the countries most aff(...)

A protester holds a sign reading in Czech “Stop Islam and stop Merkel”, during an anti-Islam rally in front of Prague Castle. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

In a secluded guesthouse beside a forest near the Czech town of Jihlava, a delicate experiment is under way. This is a temporary home for some of the(...)

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(...)