Mourners carrying the body of King Abdullah during his funeral at Riyadh’s Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque. AFP/Getty Images

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died aged 90 after a short illness. The news, announced late on Thursday on state television, came after the king wa(...)

Two Egyptians workers who fled fighting in Libya arrive at Cairo airport yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohamed Assadi

Egypt should consider the possibility of a military response to the unrest in neighbouring Libya, one of the country’s elder statesmen has argued, pr(...)

A Palestinian man inspects the damage following an Israeli missile strike that killed four boys from the same extended Bakr family in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Four Palestinian children were killed yesterday in an Israeli air strike on a Gaza beach, providing horrific images that Israel fears may turn world(...)

BBC staff and colleagues from other news organisations take part in a one-minute silent protest yesterday outside New Broadcasting House in London against the seven-year jail terms given to three al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The future of three al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt looks bleak after Egypt’s strongman president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi refused a pardon, igno(...)

Peter Greste: the Australian journalist stands inside the court cage during the sentencing session yesterday. Photograp: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

International outrage at Egypt’s crackdown on dissent intensified yesterday after three journalists for al-Jazeera English were sentenced to seven yea(...)

Egyptians celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square yesterday following Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s victory in the presidential election. Photograph: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was officially confirmed as Egypt’s next president yesterday, after the country’s electoral commission announced that he had won (...)

A woman celebrates Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s victory in the Egyptian presidential elections in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Mr Sisi took more than 90 per cent of the vote. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be Egypt’s next head of state after winning more than 90 percent of the vote in the presidential elections. As few as 3.5 p(...)

Egyptian relatives react outside a court during the trial of supporters of toppled president Mohamed Morsi in Minya, Egypt. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

A judge in Egypt has sentenced to death 720 men, including the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a pair of mass trials (...)

Ibrahim Mahlab said he hoped to form his government within three or four days. Photograph: Reuters

A former member of Hosni Mubarak’s political party has been appointed Egypt’s new prime minister, a day after the cabinet announced its resigna(...)

In the first speech of his Egyptian presidential campaign, Hamdeen Sabbahi claimed to carry the flame for Egypt’s revolution. Photograph: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

The veteran leftwinger Hamdeen Sabbahi has become the first candidate to officially enter the race to succeed Mohamed Morsi as Egyptian president, e(...)

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