Hamas’s overall leader Ismail Haniya waves as he arrives for a meeting with Palestinian officials in Gaza City. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Fatah and Hamas delegations are set to meet in Cairo next week to discuss the implementation of a deal to end the rift between the rival Palestinian m(...)

 Ibrahim Halawa: arrested during  Muslim Brotherhood protests which took place in Cairo in August 2013. Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

The Government has had no confirmation of when Ibrahim Halawa will be released from prison, the Dáil has heard. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Mr Halaw(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: a spokesman for him said “Hamas is attempting to fool the world but it will not succeed.” Photograph: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images

Hamas is to try to break the deadlock in the Middle East peace process – and end its own international isolation – by unveiling a new version of its f(...)

 Pope Francis arrives to lead a Mass at the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: Mohammed Hossam/EPA

Pope Francis warned against religious fanaticism on Saturday, wrapping up a brief trip to Cairo in which he urged Muslim leaders to unite against viol(...)

Aya Hijazi and her husband Mohamed Hassanein had been detained for nearly three years on human trafficking charges. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

A Cairo court acquitted on Sunday an Egyptian-American woman and seven others who worked with street children and had been detained for nearly three y(...)

Palestinian Christian and Muslim men hold placards during a gathering in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on April 10th, in solidarity with the victims of  bombings of two  Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, which killed dozens. Photograph: Musa al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images

Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency, broadening the power of authorities to crack down on what it call(...)

 Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi chairs a meeting of the National Defence Council in the Cairo. He has declared a three-month state of emergency after twin church bombings. Photograph: Getty/AFP

The twin attacks against Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday have presented Islamic State’s biggest challenge yet to the rule of Egyptian preside(...)

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on the sidelines of the Arab League summit in Jordan on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Egyptian presidency

Arab leaders have concluded their 28th annual summit in Jordan, denouncing “foreign interference” in their affairs and calling for an end to conflicts(...)

A dialogue with the deaf

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has cause to fear street protests. As recently as 2011 and 2013, Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule and that of the M(...)

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Trump would provide strong leadership if elected president of the US, but was cool toward Clinton, who  criticised his human rights record. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Arabs are wary of US involvement in the Middle East but hope the next president will play a positive role in resolving regional conflicts. Two -thir(...)