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(...)

Officers with the Russian ministry for emergency prepare to unload an airliner with the bodies of victims of a Metrojet Airbus 321-200 that crashed on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, at Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg. Photograph: Dmitry Lovetsky/The New York Times

Investigators have started examining the black boxes from the Russian Metrojet plane that crashed in the Sinai desert, as Egypt warned that there migh(...)

Egyptian policemen stand in front of the bomb-damaged national security building in northern Cairo’s district of Shubra. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

A car bomb detonated with a thunderous explosion in front of a security building in Cairo early Thursday morning, authorities said. It was the lates(...)

 Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mansour speaks as he leaves a prison in Berlin. He spent two nights in custody. Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Germany has released an Al-Jazeera journalist arrested by Berlin police on Saturday on foot of a request from Egypt. The arrest of Mr Ahmed Mansour, (...)

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