Tomio Okamura, the anti-Islam and Eurosceptic leader of the Czech Republic’s Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which came fourth in parliamentary elections in October. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

With its foaming pints of beer, plates of pork and dumpling and walls covered with pictures of old Prague, Stare Casy is a typical Czech pub in the Go(...)

Presidential candidate Vaclav Havel waves to his supporters from a balcony in Prague in this December 19th, 1989 file photo. Havel, a dissident playwright who was jailed by the communists and then went on to lead the bloodless Velvet Revolution and become Czech president, died at 75 on December 18th, 2011. File photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Tens of thousands of Czechs are expected to rally in Prague and other cities on Friday to commemorate the 1989 Velvet Revolution, and to warn that pop(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court at the Wadi Natrun prison outside Cairo on September 18th. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

The Egypt that Ibrahim Halawa will leave within days after spending four years in prison is a military-run state where human rights are regularly brea(...)

 Ibrahim Halawa seen after he was freed from jail on Thursday. The Irish man has been issued a new Irish passport and is expected to return home within days.

Ibrahim Halawa should be home in Ireland within days following his release from a Cairo prison last night, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (...)

Ibrahim Halawa (21) has spent more than four years in jail. File photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Ibrahim Halawa is in “good spirits” and looking forward to returning home to Ireland, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. The 21-year-old(...)

Ibrahim Halawa is set to receive a consular visit from the Irish Embassy in Cairo in the coming days

Ibrahim Halawa is set to receive a consular visit from the Irish Embassy in Cairo in the coming days, it has been confirmed. The Department of Foreig(...)

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(...)

Family and  friends celebrate  Ibrahim Halawa’s acquittal  last month at the Halawa family home in Firhouse, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paperwork formally confirming Ibrahim Halawa’s release from prison which was expected to be processed on Tuesday has been delayed by Egyptian authorit(...)

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