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A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment amid worsening malnutrition in the emergency ward of a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, on Wednesday. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi Arabia has come under strong pressure from UN humanitarian agencies to immediately and unconditionally lift its blockade of Yemen where deprivat(...)

Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab: Issued an abject apology on Facebook for what she termed a “misplaced and badly worded” joke. But it was too late.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As free speech has shrivelled in Egypt, its often zealous courts have jailed democracy activists, shuttered charities and pursued gay people who waved(...)

Migrants rescued by the European Union’s Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean on Friday.  Photograph: Facebook

Rescuers pulled 700 people to safety in the Mediterranean and found 23 bodies during one operation on Friday, an Italian coastguard spokesman said, th(...)

Ghassan Jansiz in his bookshop in Homs. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Opening the Oxford and Cambridge English bookshop in the Syrian city of Homs in 2015 as the war in that country raged on was a risky business venture (...)

Ibrahim Halawa with Fr Seamus Fleming who made a presentation to welcome Ibrahim home after his four years in prison in Cairo.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ibrahim Halawa said on Friday that he was “taking time off” with his mother and the rest of his family following his return from Egypt on Tuesday afte(...)

 Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised by human rights groups for receiving president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as an honoured guest, and for saying(...)

Ibrahim Halawa at Dublin airport on Tuesday morning after returning from Cairo, where he spent four years in jail awaiting trial. Photograph: Colin Keegan / Collins
Ibrahim Halawa: home at last

It was a day his family long yearned for – and one that, in their darkest moments, they must have feared would never come. The sight of Ibrahim Halawa(...)

Ibrahim Halawa: the freed Irishman with media at Dublin Airport after spending four years in an Egyptian prison. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

While all about him the media were losing their heads, Ibrahim Halawa held his. As the lift doors opened at Dublin Airport and he faced the scrum, Hal(...)

Posting and photograph by Ibrahim Halawa on his Facebook page on Friday:  “Finally the day where I can see the sky without bars, smell fresh air, walk freely and smile deeply from the bottom of my heart. But I miss one thing and it’s being home.                                             I wanna thank the team at the embassy who worked very hard. The ambassador Sean O’Regan, former ambassador Damien Cole, Shane Gleeson, Vincent Herlihy. Thank you to everyone who helped I love you all.”

Ibrahim Halawa’s family said on Sunday night his safety remained a concern until he boards a plane and leaves Egypt. Mr Halawa, from Firhouse, Talla(...)

Egyptian Army soldiers guard  the Al Masah Capital Management Ltd building in Egypt’s new administrative capital, approximately 45 km north of the current capital Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

At least sixteen police officers were killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt’s Western desert, two security sour(...)

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