Egyptian relatives of the members of security forces killed in North Sinai province during an attack arrive at Cairo military airport in  Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

The highways between town and Cairo’s international airport were yesterday flanked with posters welcoming Russian president Vladimir Putin, visiting a(...)

In a 22-minute recording posted on Islamist websites today to mark 65 years since Israel’s founding, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri  said the only way to solve the Palestinian problem was through jihad, or Islamic holy war.
Photograph: Reuters

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Syrians to unite to bring down President Bashar al-Assad and thwart what he said were US plans to set up a cli(...)