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 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

Asia Pacific

Violent postelection riots continue in Papua New Guinea

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has declared a state of emergency after a disputed election result triggered rioting in Papua New Guinea, casting a pall over the upcoming APEC summit in the Pacific nation.

Violent postelection riots continue in Papua New Guinea

Asia Pacific

Uniting western Sydney's diverse communities through football

An innovative programme called 'Football United' aims to help newly-arrived refugee and migrant children integrate into their local multicultural community.

Uniting western Sydney's diverse communities through football

Asia Pacific

Are Australia's anti-refugee policies being copied in Europe?

The 2001 "Tampa crisis", when Australia's government refused to let rescued refugees ashore, was the beginning of a set of tough policies known as the Pacific Solution.

Are Australia's anti-refugee policies being copied in Europe?

Asia Pacific

Habitat loss: Australia's endangered wildlife in peril

In the 200 years since European colonisation, most of south-eastern Australia's oldest trees have been lost.

Habitat loss: Australia's endangered wildlife in peril

Asia Pacific

New app aims to help women report cases of harassment

An international charity has made an app which women worldwide can use to mark where they have felt particularly safe or unsafe, when, and why.

New app aims to help women report cases of harassment

Asia Pacific

Over 200 athletes seek asylum in Australia

Athletes who went to Australia for Commonwealth Games in April have not returned home over fears of persecution.

Over 200 athletes seek asylum in Australia

Asia Pacific

Australia: Government refuses to ban live shipments during summer

Animal welfare groups are angry at the government’s refusal after thousands of sheep died while being transported between Australia and the Middle East.

Australia: Government refuses to ban live shipments during summer

Asia Pacific

Healthcare 'reduced' for refugees held in Papua New Guinea

Amnesty International outlines in a report the reduction in medical services available to refugees since being moved from Manus Island detention centre to three smaller facilities on the island in November.

Healthcare 'reduced' for refugees held in Papua New Guinea

Refugees

Australia's government refuses to comment on refugee protests

The Australian government has failed to resettle a large number of refugees and refuses to talk about refugee protests both inside and outside Australia against their seemingly indefinite detentions.

Australia's government refuses to comment on refugee protests

Europe

Macron: Reconciliation needed before New Caledonian referendum

France's president joined the commemoration of the hostage crisis 30 years ago, resulted from the remote island's last vote on independence, a result Macron would like to avoid this time.

Macron: Reconciliation needed before New Caledonian referendum

Europe

Macron in New Caledonia: President visits before referendum

Although, by plane, it may take 24 hours to reach Paris, the island of New Caledonia in the Pacific is part of France - for now at least, as residents are weighing the merits and drawbacks of independence.

Macron in New Caledonia: President visits before referendum