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.

Asia Pacific

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

Asia Pacific

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

Asia Pacific

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'

Asia

Kerala: Some evacuees return home despite risks as floods recede

More than one million still in makeshift camps after homes were inundated with floodwater in Indian state.

Kerala: Some evacuees return home despite risks as floods recede

Asia

Kerala floods: Over 300,000 displaced as rescue efforts struggle

More than 300 people have lost their lives and many thousands await rescue as downpour continues in southern Indian state hit by its worst floods and landslides in 100 years.

Kerala floods: Over 300,000 displaced as rescue efforts struggle

Asia

India: Thousands pay tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee has died aged 93 following a prolonged illness, which he was being treated for at capital Delhi's AIIMS hospital.

India: Thousands pay tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Asia

'Modicare': India pm to launch new health scheme

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revealed an ambitious ‘national health protection scheme’ during Independence day celebrations in New Delhi, he says says it will cover around half a billion poor people.

'Modicare': India pm to launch new health scheme

Asia

India: 4 million wait to find out reasons for losing citizenship

Next week, each person the government labels an 'infiltrator' and renders stateless will be told why and how to appeal the decision.

India: 4 million wait to find out reasons for losing citizenship

Middle East

India's economy could feel effect of US sanctions on Iran

The two counties' ties are strategic as well as economic.

India's economy could feel effect of US sanctions on Iran

Asia

India police rescue young girls from prostitution ring

They were found in a privately-run shelter in Uttar Pradesh state after one of the girls managed to escape and complain to the police.

India police rescue young girls from prostitution ring

Asia Pacific

Australia refugee policy: Five years of deterring migrants

For the fifth year, Australia continues its policy of mandatory detention and offshore processing for what they term ‘unauthorised’ boat arrivals.

Australia refugee policy: Five years of deterring migrants

Asia Pacific

Australia to use drones to help rescue stranded swimmers

Later this year, drones will be used to help rescue stranded swimmers and to spot sharks that might be getting a little too close for comfort.

Australia to use drones to help rescue stranded swimmers