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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.

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.

Middle East

Government official accuses Syrian rebels of undermining UN talks

A fifth round of UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending Syria's conflict is under way in Geneva. But Syria's chief negotiator, Bashar Jaafari, has warned that a surge in rebel violence threatens the diplomatic process.

US & Canada

Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi to meet Donald Trump

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is due to meet US President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday. A key part of the talks will be the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group in Mosul.

Middle East

Tracing Syria's forced disappearances

Tens of thousands of people have been forcibly disappeared since the outbreak of the war in Syria six years ago. Most have been taken from the streets by government security agents.