Hashem Ahelbarra

"Hashem Ahelbarra is a roving Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English. He regularly reports from Afghanistan, Yemen and across the Gulf region.

Hashem has covered many of the biggest international news stories in recent years and secured exclusive interviews with many of the major names in world news, including late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and former Liberian president Charles Taylor."

Middle East

Turkey's state of emergency extension draws criticism

Turkey's parliament has extended the state of emergency for another three months. Opposition politicians and activists criticised the move, saying the law casts doubt on the future of democracy and sends the wrong signal to international investors.

Middle East

Yemen: Houthis accused of silencing rivals using courts

Activists in Yemen have denounced the trial of dozens of people detained by the Houthi rebels as a travesty. They say the Houthis are using courts to silence their opponents.


Niger's Diffa province bans motorbikes after attacks

Motorcycles are being banned in Niger's southeastern Diffa province after a surge in drive-by attacks by the armed group Boko Haram.


British prime minister seeks GCC trade deals

Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, is in Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit. As Britain leaves the European Union, her trip is aiming to strengthen trade and security ties in the Gulf. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports.

Middle East

Low expectations ahead of Arab League summit

The conflict in Syria and the fight against ISIL will top the agenda at a meeting of leaders from 21 Arab states. They are gathering in Jordan ahead of the annual Arab League summit, which is due to begin on Wednesday.

Middle East

Syrian rebels advance in Hama province

Syrian opposition fighters are advancing in Hama province, as part of their biggest offensive in months. Monitors say the rebels have seized ammunition depots and 11 villages The Syrian government has brought in reinforcements for a counterattack.

Middle East

Syrian rebels gain ground in Hama province

Rebel fighters in Syria have opened a new frontline in Hama province where they have taken over several villages. This follows Sunday's surprise rebel assault on the capital Damascus.

Middle East

Saad Eddine El Othmani named new Morocco PM

Saad Eddine El Othmani, of the Islamist PJD party, has been appointed Morocco’s new prime minister. King Mohammed VI has asked him to form a government following the dismissal of Othmani's party colleague, Abdelilah Benkirane, on Thursday.

Middle East

Morocco’s king dismisses Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane

Negotiations are under way to find a new prime minister in Morocco. Abdelilah Benkirane was fired on Thursday for failing to form a coalition after last October's election. Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reports.

Human Rights

Public hearings of torture victims broadcast in Tunisia

Truth and Dignity Commission hopes probe of crimes dating back to 1955 will address past and prevent further atrocities.


Morocco restores world's oldest university

The University of al-Qarawiyyin takes steps to preserve decaying medieval manuscripts.

Human Rights

Hopes of a better life in Tunisia hang by a thread

Activists who risked their lives in the 2010 revolution are losing hope for brighter future amid major economic crisis.