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

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

Asia Pacific

Australia faces rubbish crisis as China bans waste import

For years China was the world's top destination for recyclable waste, but a ban on certain imports has left nations scrambling to find new dumping grounds for growing piles of rubbish.

Australia faces rubbish crisis as China bans waste import

Asia Pacific

Race to save the rainforests in Asia-Pacific

Environmentalists and politicians are joining forces to try to save fragile rainforests in the Asia-Pacific region.

Race to save the rainforests in Asia-Pacific

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea to host APEC, biggest event in its history

Despite significant financial help from foreign countries, there is concern the small Pacific nation will not be ready in time to host its biggest international event - the APEC diplomatic summit.

Papua New Guinea to host APEC, biggest event in its history

Australia

Australia to build one of the world's biggest batteries

An Australian company plans to turn a reservoir into a giant, rechargeable battery where the water itself is the battery's stored power.

Australia to build one of the world's biggest batteries

Australia

Australian former PM softens stance on immigration policy

Kevin Rudd told Al Jazeera that he never intended for refugees to be kept in offshore prison camps for as long as they have been

Australian former PM softens stance on immigration policy

Asia Pacific

'All We Can't See': Illustrating refugees' words in Nauru files

Commissioned artists were asked to imagine and then paint scenes described in real "incident reports" involving refugees held in off-shore detention centres in Nauru.

'All We Can't See': Illustrating refugees' words in Nauru files