News Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been promoted to the rank of field marshal

The Egyptian army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, seems all but certain to become the next President after a group of his leading generals reportedly backed his bid for the job.

Ahmed Fouad Negm: Poet whose revolutionary work inspired decades of leftist protest against Egypt's ruling elite

Ahmed Fouad Negm was Egypt's poet of revolution, inspiring protesters from the 1970s through to the current uprisings with sharply political verses excoriating the country's leaders in the rich slang of colloquial Arabic. Negm, always seen wearing the traditional galabeya robes of the poor, tapped into the sentiments of Egypt's impoverished population, marginalised by the ruling elite.

Egypt unrest: Four dead as Muslim Brotherhood-led Anti-Coup Alliance attempt to march on Tahrir Square

Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi defied continuing attempts by the Egyptian authorities to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood by staging a series of nationwide demonstrations yesterday – a move which triggered violent clashes between protesters and police.

Picture of the day: Cries of 'down with the murderer,' fill Cairo's streets

Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi defied continuing attempts by the Egyptian authorities to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood by staging a series of nationwide demonstrations yesterday – a move which triggered violent clashes between protesters and police.

Tear gas fired as Pro-Morsi demonstrators clash with Egyptian security forces at Tahrir Square

Muslim Brotherhood calls for escalating protests ahead of Sunday's commemorations marking 1973 war with Israel

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton

Robert Fisk: Baroness Ashton's low-key approach gets her all the way to Mohamed Morsi’s secret location

The 2011 Revolution showed how mature Egyptians were, even after dictatorships

Supporters of Egypt's top military officer, Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi rally over a bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo

Two killed as tens of thousands flock to Cairo's Tahrir Square - the home of the 2011 revolution that is now army territory

A Cairo plaza that was once the crucible of a revolt against tyranny was transformed into a plaything of Egypt’s conservative military yesterday, as tens of thousands of people flocked into Tahrir Square to show their support for an expected army operation to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.

Woman and young girl killed as deadly clashes continue with Friday protests in Egypt

Rallies of both supporters and opposition to ousted President Morsi clash as tens of thousands take to streets

Theatre Review: The Masque of Anarchy, Manchester Festival

One of the little touches of genius about this year’s Manchester International Festival has been the imaginative choice of venues with which the artistic director Alex Poots has given extra resonance to the works being staged. Perhaps the best example of this was Maxine Peake’s bravura performance of The Masque of Anarchy, the long poem which Percy Byshe Shelley wrote in indignation against the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

Anti-government protesters celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Egypt coup: Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests as military arrests leader Mohammed Badie

Arrests of some 12 officials are confirmed but the figure could be three times as high

Egypt grips the world of oil as price peaks at 14-month high

The country's political upheaval has driven prices high, but fundamentals underpinning black gold are weaker than ever

Egypt protests: President Morsi runs out of time as army prepares to step in

Mohamed Morsi rejected a military ultimatum to strike a deal with his opponents tonight and declared himself Egypt’s legitimate leader – despite the eruption in Cairo of deadly gun battles during rallies to shore up his teetering position.

A general view of a protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, in front of El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo

Demands of 2011 revolution were not met... but the army does not hold the answers

Military rule would be more like the silly junta who took over after Mubarak

A reveller holds a sign to celebrate the death of Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher death parties are not just mindless morbidity, they can be a community coming together

Everyone I spoke to in Brixton had a clear and political reason for being there

Newsnight's economics editor, Paul Mason

Paul Mason interview: on Europe's recession, Golden Dawn, and what follows the Arab Spring

After years following the financial crisis' aftershocks around the world, Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason talks about his newly updated book

Protesters scatter during clashes with police near Tahrir Square

A revolution betrayed? Two years after Mubarak, Tahrir Square rises again

Protesters clash with police across Egypt, calling for end to Morsi’s Islamist government

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee