The Taiwan-owned MV Ever Given (Evergreen), a 400-metre-long and 59-metre wide vessel lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across the waterway of Egypt’s Suez Canal. Photograph: Maxar Technologies/EPA

Experts predict it could take weeks to dislodge the massive container ship Ever Given, which has been stuck on a sandbank in the Suez Canal, blocking(...)

Protesters holding up a Coptic Christian cross in one hand and a copy of the Koran in the other hand in Tahrir Square in Cairo on  February 6th, 2011. Photograph: Amel Pain/EPA

The last guest had checked out, leaving Ahmed Taha sitting on an unmade bed in a deserted room amid rumpled sheets and half-drunk coffee cups, contemp(...)

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(...)

Ukip leader Gerard Batten: his Border knowledge needs a little brushing up. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The English have been getting stuff wrong about Ireland again. Earlier this week, Gerard Batten, an MEP for Ukip, made an effort to downplay the kerfu(...)

Israeli airforce Dassault Mirage III fighters fly over the Sinai peninsula at the Israeli-Egyptian border on the first day of the Six-Day Arab-Israeli war on June 5th, 1967. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A report this week in the New York Times, revealing that Israel had developed a doomsday plan to detonate an atomic bomb in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula if(...)

An unmanned aircraft in  the Middle East. The history of US intervention in the region might have been avoided if in 1919 US president Woodrow Wilson had acted on recommendations of a commission he appointed to survey Arab opinion on governance following the collapse of the Ottoman empire. Photograph: Getty Images

US political and military intervention in the Middle East began 68 years ago, and has grown deeper and increasingly destructive since Washington’s 199(...)

A ship  passes through the Straits of Tiran into the Aqaba Gulf at the Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh: the uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir lie along narrow shipping lanes leading north to the port cities of Eilat and Aqaba in Israel and Jordan, respectively. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

An Egyptian court has rejected as “unconstitutional” a border agreement that would have transferred two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The ruling (...)

 Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Western powers want his removal from office as part of a Syrian peace deal. Photograph: EPA/Syrian Arab News Agency

“Assad must go,” is the constant refrain from US president Barack Obama, French president François Hollande, British prime minister David Cameron and (...)

Cairo university students and members of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans against the military in a demonstration in Cairo in October, 1913. Many young members of the Brotherhood blame their elders for bungling the Arab Spring revolt and their chance to govern.  Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

A veteran leader of the Muslim Brotherhood was so alarmed by the rising calls for violence from the group’s youth that he risked arrest to urge the mo(...)

The minaret of the Mamluk 14th century Madrasa of Sarghatmish is seen through the crenellations of the Tulunid 9th century Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images

Over the past century, the Middle East has been racked by nearly constant conflict, but the frontiers of the region’s modern states have remained f(...)

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