Andrew Simmons

Andrew Simmons, a senior Africa correspondent, has more than 20 years of experience in high-profile television news, and is an experienced war correspondent.

He has covered Chechnya, the Bosnian conflict and the first Gulf War, during which he spent more than one week in captivity in Basra. More recently, he reported on the revolution in Egypt and the war in Libya. His laurels include two Royal Television Society (RTS) awards.


Human rights leader gets surprise birthday visit from Putin

A veteran human rights campaigner in Russia has received a surprise birthday visit from President Vladimir Putin.


Bolshoi theatre uses artificial intelligence to restore history

Artificial intelligence is being used to trace the cultural history of Russia's Bolshoi theatre.


Is freedom of speech under attack in Russia?

The Kremlin has been cracking down on government critics online, and now the wrong post could land you in jail.


Russia: Bolshoi theatre cancels gay-themed Nureyev ballet

Russia's Bolshoi Theatre has shocked art critics by cancelling the world premiere of a highly anticipated ballet performance.


Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny freed from jail

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from prison after serving a 25-day sentence for organising unauthorised anti-government protests. He was arrested on June 12 at a demonstration in the capital. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons


PM May: More police will protect mosques after Finsbury attack

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to use more police resources to protect mosques in the country after a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslims near a mosque in north London.

Middle East

Gulf crisis: Qatar forced to rely on planes to import food

The GCC countries' blockades against Qatar have precluded many vital imports from reaching the small country, including basic food supplies.

Middle East

Qatar FM: GCC blockade violates international law

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said a blockade of his country is in violation of international law.

Middle East

Iran: More than 40 million vote in presidential elections

Polling has ended in Iran's presidential elections, where current leader Hassan Rouhani is looking to extend his rule. At least 42 million people of the 56 million eligible electorate turned out to vote.

Middle East

Unemployment central to Iran election

Unemployment in Iran stands at about 13 percent, while nearly a third of young people have no job - and that has become a focal point in the election.

Middle East

Economy tops voters' concerns in Iran election

Iranians are heading to the polls to chose their next president on May 19. It is the first election since the lifting of some of the sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear programme.

Middle East

Syrian forces advance on town near Hama

The Syrian army and allied forces are continuing their advance against rebels north of the city of Hama. With the support of Russian air strikes, they have captured a town and nearby villages that were seized by opposition groups last year.