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.


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.

Middle East

Foreign fighters join Syrian Democratic Forces

Fighters from Western countries, including the US, are joining the ranks of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. They are taking on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Middle East

Syria: Heartbroken parents searching for missing children

Dozens of Syrian parents say their children have gone missing after last weekend’s bomb attack on a convoy of buses near Aleppo.

Middle East

Syria evacuations under way after deal reached

Buses carrying Syrian rebel and civilian evacuees have arrived outside the capital, Damascus. The transfer is part of a deal which will see more than 10,000 people evacuated and hundreds of prisoners exchanged.

Middle East

Syria’s UN envoy to continue his term indefinitely

After the latest talks in Geneva made little progress, the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan De Mistura, will continue in the job indefinitely. De Mistura was due to finish his term on Friday.

Middle East

Syria’s war: UN envoy Staffan de Mistura’s term ends

The fifth round of talks on ending the Syrian conflict concludes in Geneva, without any significant progress. It's also the last day of UN envoy Staffan de Mistura's current mandate. However, it's still unclear whether he'll stay on in the job.