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Saad al-Hariri (right), who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia, is seen at the grave of his father, assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in downtown Beirut tonight. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut this evening for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and p(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad hug at a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia on Monday. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

A surprise meeting on Monday between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad demonstrated both that Assad remains (...)

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(...)

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 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 returned to Ireland on Tuesday after four years in prison in Egypt.

Ibrahim Halawa arrived back in Dublin shortly after 11am on Tuesday, after spending more than four years in an Egyptian prison. Mr Halawa, from Firho(...)

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(...)

Eanna O’Cochlain with his daughter Caoibhe: he was arrested in the Philippines on a cannabis possession charge of which he says he is innocent.

An Irish man facing 12 years in jail in the Philippines for possession of a tiny amount of cannabis says he feels he has been abandoned by the Irish G(...)

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates his release with his sister Nosayba in Cairo. Photograph via Facebook page

Ibrahim Halawa told his father “Dad, Dad! I left prison! I’m on the streets! Dad, I’m free!”, shortly after his release after four years in jail in Eg(...)

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