Charles Stratford

Charles Stratford is a correspondent with Al Jazeera English. He has covered politics and conflicts in various countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Palestinian Occupied Territories.


Sri Lankans traumatised by deadly floods, mudslides

Sri Lankans are struggling to deal with the aftermath of deadly floods and mudslides, as humanitarian efforts were under way. Troops are delivering aid supplies to half a million people displaced by floodwater.

Middle East

Syrians' suffering persists after returning to former ISIL-held town

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of armed groups, are closing in on the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa about a week after they captured the strategic town of Tabqa.

Middle East

Syrian Democratic Forces close in on ISIL in Raqqa

Fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are reportedly closing in on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's self-declared capital, Raqqa.

Middle East

Syria: SDF captures Tabqa from ISIL

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, has captured Tabqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after nearly seven weeks of fighting.

Middle East

Syrian FM: No international force to patrol de-escalation zones

Foreign minister says government will not accept foreign forces patrolling any of the newly established 'de-escalation zones'.


Danakil Depression: Salt mining in one of earth's hottest places

At more than 100 metres below sea level and with temperatures that often reach higher than 50 degrees Celsius, Ethiopia's Danakil Depression is one of the most inhospitable places on earth.


Ex-Russian MP Denis Voronenkov shot dead in Ukraine

A war of words has erupted between Russia and Ukraine after Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian MP, was shot dead in Kiev. Voronenkov was a critic of the Russian government who fled to Ukraine last year.


Ethiopia landslide: More than 60 killed at rubbish dump

The death toll from a massive landslide at a rubbish dump in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa over the weekend has risen to at least 60, as rescuers continue to pick through the wreckage.

Asia Pacific

Rule change could make Shinzo Abe Japan's longest-serving PM

New rules could see Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, becoming the country’s longest-serving leader since World War II.


Ethiopia tries investment as cure for Ogaden conflict

Government keen to highlight reconstruction after decades-long war with fighters seeking a homeland for ethnic Somalis.


Ethiopia: Ex-ONLF rebels in Ogaden learn new skills

Fighters who surrendered take up classes such as carpentry to start afresh after years of battling the government.


Ethiopia children still missing after cross-border raid

Villagers ask who was responsible for attacks that left 208 people dead and many children still missing.