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A new exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is revealing important archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia to the world for almost the first time, writes David Tresilian

The Third Biennale of Photographers of the Contemporary Arab World has been drawing appreciative audiences to the Institut du Monde arabe in Paris

A major exhibition at the Louvre in Paris has been shedding light on the Hittites, a formidable foe of the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, writes David Tresilian

English novelist William Golding’s An Egyptian Journal retains its mystery today more than 30 years after it was written, writes David Tresilian in an occasional series on books by visitors to Egypt

Incomplete as history and questionable as a guide, English novelist E M Forster’s handbook on Alexandria is an evocation of its time, writes David Tresilian in an occasional series on books by visitors to Egypt

French novelist Gustave Flaubert’s account of his trip up the Nile in 1850 can still intrigue today

The Institute's new branch is set in the town of Tourcoing, part of the Lille conurbation in northern France, on the Belgian border, inside the 1904 edifice which protected the former local swimming pool

Egypt has a long and distinguished postal history but is its potential being realized, asks David Tresilian

The Railway Museum, entirely renovated and reopened to the public in 2017, makes for a pleasurable and thought-provoking visit for train enthusiasts of all ages, writes David Tresilian

James Barr, Lords of the Desert. Britain’s Struggle with America to dominate the Middle East, London: Simon & Schuster, 2018, pp401

French President Emmanuel Macron’s response to the gilets jaunes protests that have swept France in recent weeks may not be enough to end the crisis, writes David Tresilian in Paris

The French capital saw the worst rioting in years last Saturday when a gilets jaunes demonstration against the rising cost of living descended into violence, writes David Tresilian in Paris

The French national film institute has organised an exhibition on the late Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine together with a comprehensive retrospective of his films

Battle scenes from the Champs-Elysées were flashed around the world last weekend, when gangs of trouble-makers smashed up shops and other buildings and fought pitched battles with the police in Paris

The exhibitions - the Cités millénaires and Le Crac des Chevaliers - draw attention to the destruction that is threatening the heritage of the Arab world

The successor states of the former Czechoslovakia are marking 50 years since the crushing of the Prague Spring by Warsaw Pact forces, writes David Tresilian in Prague

Best known today for his books of nonsense, the 19th-century British writer Edward Lear was a frequent visitor to Egypt

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