Tahrir Square

Six years on from the Arab Spring, revolution lingers in the air

The desire for change has been planted in the consciousness of ordinary Egyptians. The conditions that bred the uprisings are brewing again and the prospect of a second Arab Spring (rebooted 2.1) is in the offing. Youssef El-Gingihy charts the causes, events and fallout of January 2011

Fears of political meltdown as thousands mass against Morsi

Nearly two years after it became the insurrectionary hub which forced the downfall of a dictator, Tahrir Square was again transformed into an arena of political agitation yesterday – but this time it was against the Muslim Brotherhood and its elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Ruling Egyptian generals suspected of making power grab despite

Egypt's ruling generals were yesterday accused of mounting a "soft coup" by assuming sweeping new political powers even as the Muslim Brotherhood claimed a dramatic victory in the weekend's presidential run-off – the country's first since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak last year.

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Philip Hensher: Sergei Polunin and a lesson for Labour

I wouldn't be surprised if Monica Mason, the director of the Royal Ballet, was feeling pretty furious the last couple of days. Her young star, Sergei Polunin, walked away from the company two days ago without a word. There had been no particular sign, apparently, that he was unhappy or thinking of leaving; there were no negotiations that had broken down.

Egyptians gather in Cairo to mark anniversary of uprising

Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied today to mark the first anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, with liberals and Islamists gathering on different sides of Cairo's Tahrir Square in a reflection of the deep political divides that emerged in the year since the downfall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.