Above, Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim. ‘Halawa has been receiving important consular support from the Irish Embassy in Cairo. But it is not enough.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Today an Irish teenager lies abandoned to his fate in a Cairo prison, cut off from the world. Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in August 2013 near Cairo’s (...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa who is awaiting trial in Egypt. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Egyptian government cannot intervene to release Ibrahim Halawa while his case is before the courts, but there may be “room” for talks on the teena(...)

Maaloula: the 14th-century Christian town in Syria which is rising again after eight months of occupation by insurgents. Photograph: Michael Jansen

The 14th-century Christian town of Maaloula is rising again from the ruins and rubble of eight months of occupation by insurgents determined to oblite(...)

A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)

Senator Mark Daly, Fianna Fáil, meeting with the Halawa sisters from left; Nosayba, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has reiterated that the final decision to release Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa (19), who has been detai(...)

Somaia, Fatima and Omaima Halawa, sisters of jailed Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa outside Government Buildings.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenager who has been awaiting trial for two years in an Egyptian jail, is still on hunger strike, according to family membe(...)

 Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mansour speaks as he leaves a prison in Berlin. He spent two nights in custody. Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Germany has released an Al-Jazeera journalist arrested by Berlin police on Saturday on foot of a request from Egypt. The arrest of Mr Ahmed Mansour, (...)

Police arrested Al-Jazeera’s Ahmed Mansour at a Berlin airport, the journalist said via Twitter, after Germany acted on an international arrest warrant issued by his home country Egypt. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

A leading Al Jazeera journalist was arrested at a Berlin airport on Saturday at the request of Egypt. A lawyer for the Qatar-based satellite network (...)

Former  president of Egypt  Mohamed Morsi reacts  inside a defendants’ cage in a Cairo courtroom as a judge upholds a death sentence against him. Photograph: Ali Malki/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

An Egyptian court has upheld a death sentence against ousted president Mohamed Morsi in a trial stemming from the Muslim Brotherhood leader’s escape (...)

Somaia, Fatima and Omaima Halawa, sisters of  Ibrahim Halawa, demonstrating outside  Government Buildings earlier this month.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan were told last week that Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenager detained in Egy(...)