Hashem Ahelbarra

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."

Asia

Afghan army boosts security efforts after election attacks

The government is struggling to securing polling stations for Saturday's parliamentary elections after Taliban bombings targeting candidates and the polling stations.

Afghan army boosts security efforts after election attacks

Asia

Taliban attacks threaten Afghan parliamentary elections

Fighters have ramped up attacks on military personnel and they are warning polling stations will be targeted.

Taliban attacks threaten Afghan parliamentary elections

Middle East

Iran president: 'US must stop bullying the world'

Hassan Rouhani says Tehran is willing to resolve issues with Washington, which is preparing a new round of sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iran president: 'US must stop bullying the world'

United Nations

Qatar's emir says blockade has damaged the GCC's reputation

At the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, Arab leaders are drawing attention to the conflicts flaring up in the Middle East, from the GCC crisis to civil wars Yemen and Syria.

Qatar's emir says blockade has damaged the GCC's reputation

Europe

Qatar's emir in London for talks with British prime minister

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held talks in London with British Prime Minister Theresa May on strengthening bilateral relations between both countries.

Qatar's emir in London for talks with British prime minister

Europe

Qatari emir visits London to rally international support

UK visit comes ahead of a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May as the blockade against Qatar continues.

Qatari emir visits London to rally international support

Middle East

ICJ to announce ruling in Qatar v. UAE lawsuit

The UN's highest legal body is set to announce its verdict in an urgent case filed by Qatar against the UAE for discriminating against Qatari citizens and human rights violations.

ICJ to announce ruling in Qatar v. UAE lawsuit

Africa

African Union summit: Macron addresses security in Sahel

Africa's problems have spread beyond the continent, which explains why the EU has stepped in offering cash and military assistance to tackle the surge in attacks by armed groups.

African Union summit: Macron addresses security in Sahel

Africa

AU summit opens with call for actions on S Sudan conflict

The African Union was established to promote peace and regional stability but African leaders are struggling to resolve regional conflict.

AU summit opens with call for actions on S Sudan conflict

Middle East

Syria intensifies offensive to retake Deraa

Thousands of civilians are fleeing Deraa as Syrian government helicopters continue to drop barrel bombs as part of an offensive against the last rebel stronghold in southwest Syria.

Syria intensifies offensive to retake Deraa

Middle East

Saudi, UAE coalition forces claim control of Hudaida airport

Yemeni army is blocking the road between Hudaida province and the capital, cutting Houthi supply lines and stopping reinforcements from getting through.

Saudi, UAE coalition forces claim control of Hudaida airport

Middle East

'I miss family gatherings': Syrians observe Ramadan in camps

Most Syrian refugee families tell the same story; eviction, loss and anxiety over an uncertain future. During the holy month, their yearning to return to their homes and families is stronger than ever.

'I miss family gatherings': Syrians observe Ramadan in camps