Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.
Ruth Pollard Egypt's government sees many enemies when it looks out of the bunker from which it says it is simultaneously fighting terrorism and installing democracy.
Ruth Pollard A new coalition of militias holds the last chance of revolution against the Assad regime.
Ruth Pollard Israeli jets have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus, the second strike inside Syria in the past three days.
Ruth Pollard As Syria's President Bashar al-Assad formally accepted the UN-brokered ceasefire proposal, his troops continued to open fire on people across the country.
Ruth Pollard in Amman A Syrian air force colonel has become the country's first senior military officer to defect in his aircraft, seeking asylum in Jordan after making an emergency landing in his MiG-21 fighter jet.
Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent Violence feared after second UN resolution against Syria's regime fails to pass.
Ruth Pollard The US has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran.
Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The United States has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran as the international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program intensifies and the fallout from the...
Ruth Pollard, Simon Mann JERUSALEM: Only tougher sanctions from Western powers, including severe restrictions on oil and travel, will slow Iran's nuclear progress and avoid the need for military action, experts have warned...
Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Significant religious sites throughout the West Bank, including the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, will be among the first to be pushed forward for world...
Ruth Pollard RELATIONS between Syria and the US have descended into tit-for-tat diplomacy as international concern mounted about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations emerged of injured...
Ruth Pollard Concern mounts about military violence against protesters and fresh allegations about injured activists and staff being tortured in hospitals.
Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Palestinian frustration at the actions of the Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, has spilled over into outright hostility, with officials saying they ''cannot trust anything'' the former...
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Palestinian frustration with Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair spills over into outright hostility, with officials saying they 'cannot trust anything' the former British prime minister says.
Ruth Pollard, Beirut Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to arrive in Damascus overnight to urge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad towards a political settlement.
Ruth Pollard and Al Krarim Forces gather outside desert town of Bani Walid, awaiting full-scale assault order.
Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The United Nations has flagged the possibility of a joint UN-Arab League mission to Syria.
Ruth Pollard, Tripoli The subdued, early morning, grey-blue sky is mesmerisingly calm on the live webcam that is trained across the rooftops of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
Ruth Pollard, Beirut Syria has become a magnet for foreign fighters, with al-Qaeda aligned jihadists streaming across the border from Iraq and rebel soldiers from the Libyan city of Misrata crossing in from Turkey,...
Ruth Pollard and Karen Kissane Ministers from 80 countries are preparing to meet in Tunis to discuss Syria's escalating crisis.