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Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping stand to inaugurate the first meeting of the French-Chinese business council, in Beijing this week. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

One of the thorniest questions facing French president Emmanuel Macron is how to deal with dictatorships and what the French sociologist Edgar Morin (...)

A mosque in the Egyptian town of Bir al-Abed, North Sinai, photographed a day after a  bombing and shooting attack, for which Islamic State was held to be responsible, killed more than 300 people on November 24th, 2017. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Three brothers from the dusty Gaza border town of Rafah paid smugglers to spirit them through underground tunnels across the border into Egypt. There (...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: economic siege has pushed Gulf state closer to Iran and has ensured he is probably the most secure ruler in the region. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

If a cult of personality is essential for absolute rulers to maintain power then Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, has nothing to fe(...)

Fr Rewas Anba Bishoy celebrates Mass at Saints Maximus and Domadius Coptic Church on St Alphonsus Road, Dublin. Photograph: Shawn Pogatchnik

You may think Christmas is done and dusted for another year, but in the Coptic corners of Ireland, the greatest celebration of the season arrives at m(...)

Mohamed Morei (18), being brought into Dundalk District Court this evening where he was charged with the murder of a Japanese national. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A young man suspected of a string of attacks in Dundalk has appeared in court charged with murder. Mohamed Morei (18) appeared at Dundalk District Co(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu:  has called the migrants’ presence a threat to Israel’s social fabric and Jewish character. Photograph: Tsafrir Abayov/AP

Israel said on Wednesday it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are c(...)

Mai El-Mahdy: “I want to be part of what’s happening here politically, I want to vote in the repeal referendum next year.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

When Mai El-Mahdy started seeing posts on social media about the revolution spreading across the Middle East she struggled to believe the protest move(...)

Ibrahim Halawa said he did not expect the support from Ireland to be “as big or as heartwarming as it was”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ibrahim Halawa, the Dublin man held in Egypt for over four years before being acquitted and freed to return to Ireland, has spoken of the damage to hi(...)

Men and children gather in Shagarab refugee camp in eastern Sudan. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Nurah suspected her 13-year-old son was dead when the smuggler who claimed to be holding him hostage refused to put him on the phone. That was three y(...)

Undated family photo of Laura Plummer from Britain, who has been jailed for three years in Egypt. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

An Egyptian court sentenced a British woman to three years in prison on Tuesday for smuggling painkillers into the country, according to a Reuters wit(...)

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