Masked rebel fighters run past a journalist in the Salaheddin district of Aleppo last week

The Arab Spring backlash has killed any hope of a free and fearless press

World Focus: The sacking of journalists is seen as a way of keeping newsrooms timid and self-censored

Muslim Brotherhood banned as Egyptian court seizes party's funds

Cairo court orders overthrown Islamist group to be shut down

Farmer arrested for putting hat on donkey and naming it after a general

Egyptian police have cracked down on any perceived criticism of its powerful military in the wake of the coup against former President Mohamed Morsi

Security forces try to help Gen Nabil Farag, a police chief who was killed when militants in Kerdasa opened fire on troops yesterday morning

Egyptian security forces storm Kerdasa to expel pro-Morsi militants from tourist town

Police chief killed during raid, which had been held by Islamists for a month

Egypt government to 'dissolve Muslim Brotherhood'

Move marks the next stage in the crackdown on the Islamist group

Cameron may be humiliated over the Syria vote, but he's still a better man than Blair

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On the home stretch: Egypt is divided over ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak’s release

Freeing the jailed leader symbolises ‘return to the practices of the old state’

Hosni Mubarak in the dock; the only grounds of his continued detention are a corruption case his lawyer said would soon be resolved

‘Everything is back to where it started’ as Egyptian court orders Hosni Mubarak’s release

Ruling adds to feeling that revolution has been hijacked

The caskets of 25 policemen killed on Monday morning near the Sinai town of Rafah

Egypt crisis: Now Mohamed ElBaradei faces wrath of army after resigning from cabinet

Nobel laureate set to be tried for ‘betrayal of trust’ as Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader is arrested

Egyptian activists in search of middle way for their country demand to be heard

Campaign aims to encourage opposition to both the political Islam and military hegemony

Security officials said Mohamed Badie was captured in a flat in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City

Egypt crisis: Police arrest Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Mohamed Badie in Cairo

Mr Badie and his deputy Khairat el-Shater, go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters in June

Hosni Mubarak in the dock; the only grounds of his continued detention are a corruption case his lawyer said would soon be resolved

Hosni Mubarak to be freed as Army tightens its grip on Egypt

Release of dictator signals end of hopes of Arab Spring

Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives in the Al-Fath mosque

Memories of Egypt will affect how people respond to this crisis

Thousands visited the country before the slide into violence

'This is not our country any more': Gun battles rage in Egypt as death toll continues to rise

Army helicopters hover over Cairo as forces continue bloody crackdown

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