Sisi turns the screw in Egypt

A new law giving authorities sweeping powers to crack down on individuals and groups who “undermine national unity” or threaten public order “by any m(...)

Relatives and supporters of Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah react after the verdict in his trial  in Cairo on Monday. Abdel Fattah was sentenced to five years in jail  for violating limits on demonstrations, part of one of the toughest crackdowns on dissent in Egypt’s history. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

An Egyptian court sentenced a prominent activist to five years in jail on Monday for violating limits on demonstrations, part of one of the toughest (...)

François Hollande. He telephoned Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to “renew the expression of his solidarity”

France’s defence minister signed a €5.2-billion arms deal with Egypt on Monday, hours after the Egyptian air force bombarded Islamic State targets in(...)

Neighbours and friends of the relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya attend Mass in south Cairo. A banner with pictures of the men who were killed is displayed on the church wall. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The raids by the Egyptian air force on Islamic State (IS) camps and arsenals is an escalation in Cairo’s 20-month campaign against the cult. The st(...)

Former  president of Egypt Mohamed Mursi has been put on trial on charges of endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar. Photograph: Namir Galal/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

An Egyptian court has put ousted president Mohamed Mursi on trial on charges of endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive d(...)

News photographers and journalists protest against the detention of photojournalist Abou Zeid, also known as “Shawkan”, in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo on Sunday. “Shawkan” has been held in an Egyptian prison without charge after being detained in August 2013, according to local media. Photograph: Reuters

A Cairo appeals judge has issued a damning appraisal of last year’s trial of three al-Jazeera English journalists, a month after he quashed their con(...)

Egyptian relatives of the members of security forces killed in North Sinai province during an attack arrive at Cairo military airport in  Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

The highways between town and Cairo’s international airport were yesterday flanked with posters welcoming Russian president Vladimir Putin, visiting a(...)

Mohammed Fahmy talks to the judge in a courthouse near Tora prison last May. A holder of joint Egyptian-Canadian nationality, he may be released and deported. Photograph: Hamada Elrasam/AFP

The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt will start on Thursday. Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven and 10 years(...)

The father of IS-murdered Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh is surrounded by family and security during a mourning ceremony at his family clan headquarters in Karak, Jordan. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawiafp/Getty

Amman yesterday vowed to escalate involvement in the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS), which occupies large tracts of territory in Iraq an(...)

 Australian journalist Peter Greste (R) celebrates on arrival at Brisbane International Airport. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

Peter Greste, the Al Jazeera journalist freed after more than a year in an Egyptian prison, arrived back in his Australian homeland on Thursday and ca(...)