Andrew Thomas

After 11 years based in his native London, Andrew moved to Sydney with his Australian wife tasked with bringing all things Antipodean to Al Jazeera English. Since he started in December 2010, Andrew has covered a long line of natural disasters and the very human responses to each: the Christmas Island asylum boat sinking, the floods in Queensland and Victoria, the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the triple-whammy of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. In London, Andrew worked for Channel 4 News and at the BBC's Newsnight.

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Chinese cash in on hair extensions

Promoted by celebrities, hair extensions are high in demand and much of the human hair used to make them comes from China.

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English e-learning booming in China

Parents in China are eager for their children to learn English, which has increased the popularity of e-learning.

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China faces US pressure to isolate North Korea

The US wants China to punish North Korea by cutting all economic ties for its continuing missile tests.


Trump-Xi summit: A view from China

President Xi Jinping heads to Washington to meet Donald Trump, a leader who bashed China throughout his campaign.

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Xi-Trump summit set to focus on North Korea and trade

The Chinese president is due to meet his US counterpart in Florida on Thursday. Trade relations and South China Sea disputes will be high on the agenda, as will North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch.

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Australia to release report on 'racist' juvenile abuse

The Australian government is due to release its final report into alleged mistreatment of indigenous children in prisons in the Northern Territory.

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Australia bid to boost China beef exports amid Brazil row

Australia is seizing a chance to boost its beef exports in the wake of a meat scandal in Brazil. Its target is China, who suspended imports from Brazil. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Beijing.

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New Zealand makes efforts to curb meth use

The supply of methamphetamine to New Zealand is decreasing, but it's still leaving a stain on the country. People are being encouraged to test for drug contamination before renting or buying a home.

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Environmentalists combat land clearing in Australia

Conservationists in Australia are warning that huge areas of the country are being cleared of their native vegetation at increasing rates.


Australian elections: Polls predict Nationalist party could win

The Nationalist Party wants to slash immigration and introduce restrictions on Muslims. Their policies are already influencing more mainstream parties across the country. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Willowbank near Brisbane.

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New Zealand sheep farmers use drones to shepherd

Shepherding is one of the oldest professions in the world, but sheep farmers in New Zealand are finding innovative ways to bring the job into the modern era. The use of drones is revolutionising the work life of farmers in the country.


Australia's complex refugee debate

Will history see the country as a pioneer of offshore prisons for asylum seekers, or a pariah for having them?