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Egypt’s interim vice president Mohamed El Baradei, who resigned yesterday, speaks at a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Cairo in July. Ms Ashton called on the security forces to “exercise utmost restraint and on all Egyptian citizens”. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

The EU and US have castigated yesterday’s use of force by the Egyptian authorities to disperse Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Nasr City and Giza. EU fo(...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi take part in an anti-army rally in Cairo last night. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters.

Egypt’s new rulers today said vigils by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi threatened national security, and signalled that they would end(...)

A supporter of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a Morsi poster around his head, stands with other protesters during an anti-army rally that started from their sit-in area around Raba’ al-Adawya mosque, in Nasr City area, east of Cairo today. Photograph: Reuters.

Egypt’s rulers allowed EU envoy Catherine Ashton to meet deposed president Mohamed Morsi today. It was the first time an outsider was given access to(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is pictured  in Cairo where she has been pressing Egypt’s rulers  to step back from a growing confrontation with the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters.

Europe’s top diplomat shuttled between new Egypt’s rulers and the Muslim Brotherhood today in a mission to pull the country back from more bloodshed, (...)

EU commissioner for enterprise and industry Antonio Tajani believes the EU can offer an excellent way for businesses to grow their links abroad. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

This year’s annual late spring-early summer exhibition at Brussels’s national gallery was devoted to Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. The father of a(...)

Supporters of Lebanon’s Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah near the site of an explosion in Beirut earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Hassan

Lebanon has asked the EU not to add Hizbullah to its blacklist of terrorist organisations, arguing that the movement is an “essential component” of Le(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry announced an agreement has been reached on the resumption of peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Reuters

In a dramatic breakthrough in Middle East peace efforts, US secretary of state John Kerry last night announced an agreement has been reached on the re(...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi perform Friday prayers during a protest at the Rabaa Adawiya square  in Cairo on Friday. Photograph:  Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Military jets thundered overhead and troops deployed at strategic sites on Friday as supporters and opponents of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed M(...)

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny (centre) stands yesterday inside a courtroom in Kirov where he was sentenced to five years in jail for theft. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

The European Union and United States have led sweeping condemnation of the jailing of Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader and fierce critic of(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry arrives for a news conference during the 46th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan. Photograph: Ahim Rani/Reuters.

Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use “lots of activities” to safeguard their interests and security, US secretary of state(...)

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