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The US name plate one day after the United States announced its withdrawal at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council is far from perfect. It has inbuilt flaws and needs to be reformed. But it has also been growing more effectiv(...)

A man fills up the tank in Cairo on June 29th, 2017. Egypt has raised fuel prices three times since austerity was adopted in 2015. Photograph:  Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptians and Jordanians have responded in starkly contrasting fashion to fresh austerity measures introduced as the price of loans from the Internati(...)

Greece crisis

If you want to start a war of independence, you must have guns, and for that you need either cash or a bank loan. In the 1820s, the Greeks, who were a(...)

Soccer fans gather near Red Square in Moscow. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Friday evening now and, in the Arbatskaya metro station, the Egyptians are starting a revolution. There’s about a dozen of them and they are so happy(...)

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool clash during the Champions League final. Photo: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Sergio Ramos has defended his conduct in the Champions League final against Liverpool, dismissing suggestions he is to blame for injuries suffered by (...)

Ireland U-20s captain Caelan Doris impressed during his side’s defeat to the Baby Boks. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP

Ireland U-20 17 South Africa U-20 30 A second defeat for Ireland in the Under-20 World Championship and this one will hurt for a different reason to (...)

 Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks after he was sworn in for a second presidential term, in Cairo. Photograph: Presidency of Egypt/EPA

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second term as Egyptian president on Saturday amid a crackdown on his opponents, after a landslide victory in(...)

Smoke billowing in the background following an Israeli air strike on the Palestinian enclave in Gaza. File photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

The Israel-Gaza border fell quiet on Wednesday, but the previous day’s exchange of rockets and air strikes – the most intense flare-up of hostilities (...)

Israeli-Gaza border on May 29th, 2018:  smoke billows from the Gaza Strip following an Israeli air strike on the Palestinian enclave. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/ Getty

Militants fired more than 50 mortar shells and rockets at southern Israel and Israel pounded targets across Gaza on Tuesday in the most serious violen(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “We should be looking at a more comprehensive engagement between the EU and the US on the Middle East, more broadly and indeed on other issues like trade across the Atlantic.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In the wake of the killings of more than 100 Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border since March, Ireland has appealed to fellow EU member states to st(...)

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