Andrew Thomas

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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Health crisis: Papua New Guinea fights tuberculosis menace

In the grip of a health crisis, Papua New Guinea could have spent money in a better way, say some.

Health crisis: Papua New Guinea fights tuberculosis menace

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World War II shipwrecks: Australian couple battle oil leaks

The duo will sail a former New Zealand naval ship to some of the Pacific Ocean battle sites in a plan to stop the oil leak.

World War II shipwrecks: Australian couple battle oil leaks

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Koalas among species threatened by Australia deforestation

A new study says that the country's east coast is likely to lose three million hectares of trees in the next 15 years.

Koalas among species threatened by Australia deforestation

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India 'Whatsapp murders': Phone rumours spark frenzied mobs

The Indian government is under pressure to take action against Whatsapp. Fake news spread by the messaging service is considered responsible for a string of horrific murders.

India 'Whatsapp murders': Phone rumours spark frenzied mobs

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Australia under pressure to release held child refugees

Recent election results show growing momentum against government policy to keep refugees in detention centres on Nauru.

Australia under pressure to release held child refugees

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Australia gives drought-stricken farms billion-dollar aid package

Australia's national and state governments are supporting drought-stricken communities by subsidising transport costs, offering low-interest loans and giving cash payments to farmers.

Australia gives drought-stricken farms billion-dollar aid package

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In Indonesia, anger builds at 'slow' disaster recovery effort

The govt says it doesn't have enough machinery or qualified personnel to run it.

In Indonesia, anger builds at 'slow' disaster recovery effort

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Indonesia disaster: 92 people arrested for looting

Some people have become so hungry, they have been looting shops and rummaging through garbage to find something to eat.

Indonesia disaster: 92 people arrested for looting

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Accusing someone of witchcraft is now a crime in India

Two thousand people accused of sorcery - most of them women - have been killed in rural India since the year 2000.

Accusing someone of witchcraft is now a crime in India

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Australia cracks down after needles found in strawberries

Country’s $100m strawberry industry in crisis as government introduces laws to prosecute people contaminating fruits.

Australia cracks down after needles found in strawberries

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Pacific islands forum overshadowed by Nauru refugee crisis

Forum begins with row over lack of media access to event in Nauru, one of two islands where Australia has imprisoned asylum seekers.

Pacific islands forum overshadowed by Nauru refugee crisis

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Kerala floods: 'Over-deployment led to disaster'

Nearly a million people remain displaced from their homes in the Indian state of Kerala, as it recovers from the worst floods in a century.

Kerala floods: 'Over-deployment led to disaster'