“To the world,” Sarah Hegazi  wrote before her death. “You’ve been greatly cruel, but I forgive.”  Photograph: Sarah Hegazi/Facebook

When the openly gay frontman of a hugely popular Lebanese pop group strutted onto the stage of a Cairo summer festival in 2017, rainbow flags lifted i(...)

A billboard depicting General Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, in Benghazi. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

A string of victories by Turkish-backed forces in western Libya this week dealt a heavy blow to the ambitions of aspiring strongman Khalifa Hafter and(...)

 Egyptian protesters gather in downtown Cairo shouting anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, 21 September 2019. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

Rare, anti-government protests have broken out in Egypt calling on president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The former army general has overseen(...)

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(...)

 Al Rawdah mosque, where a bomb exploded, in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, November 25th, 2017. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamed Soliman

After militants massacred 305 people at a packed mosque on Friday in a stunning assault on a sacred place, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi responded a(...)

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(...)

Blood stains pews inside the St George Church after a suicide bombing in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, Egypt, April 9th, 2017. Photograph: AP

Egypt’s president has called for a three-month state of emergency after suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches, killing 44 people o(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton pays his respects at the coffin of Shimon Peres outside the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem. Photograph: Getty Images

The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will participate in today’s funeral in Jerusalem of Israel’s elder statesman Shimon Peres – his first visit t(...)

Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, gestures from behind the defendant’s bars during his trial on espionage charges at a court in Cairo on Saturday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Six people, including former president Mohammed Morsi, have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court for for passing security documents to a TV ne(...)

Richard Osman, from Wales, was described by his younger brother Alastair as a workaholic and a very admirable person. Photograph: Centamin/PA

The Briton on the crashed Egyptian plane was a kind and loving father who had just welcomed a new baby less than a month ago. Richard Osman, from Wal(...)

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