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Algeria’s deputy prime minister Ramtane Lamamra speaks during a joint news conference with newly appointed prime minister Noureddine Bedoui in Algiers, Algeria, on Thursday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Algeria’s new prime minister has urged the opposition to “accept dialogue” during a transition period ahead of postponed presidential elections, and s(...)

Students hold an Algerian flag as they take part in a protest in Algiers on Tuesday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

As protests raged across Algeria against a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing leader was languishing in a Swiss hospital, the s(...)

Relatives of the men executed for the killing of public prosecuter Hisham Barakat gather at Zynhom morgue in Cairo, Egypt,  on Wednesday to wait for their bodies to be released. Photograph: Amina Ismail/Reuters

Egyptian authorities executed nine men convicted over the 2015 killing of the country’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday amid a surge in the number of d(...)

A group of Egyptian lawmakers raise their hands to vote during a parliament session to discuss and vote on proposed constitutional amendments in Cairo on Thursday. Photograph: Khaled Mashaal/EPA

The Egyptian parliament approved sweeping measures on Thursday that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to extend his leadership until 2034, fu(...)

US soldiers attend a training session for the Afghan army in  Afghanistan,  February 2nd, 2019 Photograph: EPA/Jalil Rezayee

Zhou Enlai’s supposed judgment on the French Revolution has always looked unbeatable for magisterial long-termism. “Too soon to tell,” the Chinese pre(...)

Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Monday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

The visit of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is not his first to a Muslim country as pope. He has visited some of Islam’s most sacred s(...)

Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands with Julian de Spáinn, Conradh na Gaeilge, writer and poet Ciara Ní É, Paula Melvin, Fulbright Commission of Ireland and James Kelly, Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF). Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

A campaign encouraging social media users across the world to post messages in Irish got under way on Monday with organisers hoping to break records s(...)

Pope Francis (R) shakes hands with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan  in the UAE capital. Photograph: Vatican media/AFP/Getty Images

The three-day visit of Pope Francis to the Arabian peninsula, the first ever by a pope, has been heralded by his Emirati Muslim hosts as a major break(...)

Newly-discovered mummies wrapped in linen which were found in burial chambers dating to the Ptolemaic era. Photograph: AFP

Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a tomb containing 50 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era, in Minya, south of Cairo, the ministry of antiqu(...)

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters  using an armoured vehicle provided by the Turkish army, near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo’s province, a few kilometres from areas controlled by a Kurdish-led coalition. Phoograph: Bakr Alkasem/AFP/ Getty Images

Russia has expressed support for the rejection by Syria’s government and the Kurds of a proposed Turkish-controlled security zone along the Syrian-Tur(...)

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