Hosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday at 91 in the comfort of his luxury villa, embodied in his personal rehabilitation all the dashed hopes of the democratic rebellion of that spring movement which had swept through the Middle East and which today appears only to hold sway in Tunisia. Photograph: Mohamed el-Shahed/ AFP via Getty Images

Hosni Mubarak may have lost power in the heady days of the Arab Spring of 2011, but Egyptians have continued to live, since the 2013 coup, under the i(...)

Supporters of Libyan military strongman Khalika Haftar carry an effigy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  in Benghazi  on February 14th. Photograph:  Abdullah Doma/AFP via Getty Images

Pick-up trucks carrying fighters from Libya’s Brothers Brigade speed along sandy roads, past the carcasses of burnt-out cars, shuttered shops and wrec(...)

Demonstrators wave flags and step on posters of some world leaders as they take part in a rally against eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar and in support of the UN-recognised government of national accord (GNA) in Tripoli on Friday. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/ AFP

Libya could become a new Syria in the intensity of its conflicts and as a cockpit for regional and big power rivalries unless more serious efforts are(...)

The Bayraktar TB2 drone is pictured on December 16th at Gecitkale Airport in Famagusta in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Photograph: Birol Bebek/AFP via Getty

A Turkish military drone has begun patrolling off Cyprus in support of Ankara’s natural gas exploration and drilling activities, which are regarded as(...)

 Kurdish people hold placards reading in Arabic ‘No to the Turkish occupation’ during a protest against the Turkish offensive, in Amuda town, Al-Hasakah governorate, northeastern Syria. Photograph: EPA

Arab states have uniformly condemned the Turkish invasion of northeast Syria and called for an immediate halt to the offensive. Given a green light b(...)

Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at a rally in Cairo on Friday. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi

Egyptian security forces tried to head off protests on Friday amid reports that 2,000 Egyptians have been arrested since last weekend’s unexpected dem(...)

Egyptian protesters  shouting anti-government slogans during a demonstration in downtown Cairo. Photograph:  EPA

The centre of the Egyptian capital Cairo was on Sunday gripped by a heavy police presence following protests in the city’s iconic Tahrir Square and ot(...)

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam meets   Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  in Tehran.

Iran’s supreme leader has held a surprise meeting with a senior Yemeni Houthi rebel official, marking a major change at the highest level in Iran’s st(...)

Firefighters extinguish a fire following clashes between pro-government forces and separatists in the Mansoura district of  Aden, Yemen on Sunday. Photograph: Nabil Hasan/AFP/Getty Images

The seizure of the port city of Aden by South Yemeni separatists has deepened fundamental divisions between the chief regional partners in the devasta(...)

 An Iranian Revolutionary Guard jet boat sails around a seized tanker in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, last month. Photograph: Hasan Shirvani/EPA

Emirati and Iranian border and coast guard commanders have met for the first time in six years in Tehran to boost maritime co-operation in the Strait (...)

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