Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

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.

Protests grip Ukraine as Putin defends Crimea actions

Ruth Pollard Thousands rallied across Ukraine in rival demonstrations that turned violent when pro-Russian activists attacked a protest on the Black Sea peninsula, as Russian soldiers tightened their grip across...

Russia closing door on Crimea as troops build up

An armed pro-Russian self-defence militiaman at the border crossing with western Ukraine.

Ruth Pollard Crimea is effectively isolated from the rest of Ukraine, with heavily armed, masked Russian soldiers stationed at key points throughout the region, its highways busy with military activity and its...

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Israel’s condemnation of the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva was swift and absolute, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labelling it “an historic mistake” that had made the world “a much...

US to Assad: talk peace in Syria or we help rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard The United States warned it will offer further support to Syria's embattled opposition if President Bashar al-Assad failed to get behind a US and Russia-driven peace initiative in Geneva next month.

Egypt launches criminal investigation of Mursi amid protests

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi hold up masks of him as they gather at the Rabaa Adawiya square.

Ruth Pollard The Egyptian public prosecutor's office has started an investigation of the deposed Islamist president Mohammed Mursi as thousands of supporters vowed to keep up their protests until he is reinstated.

Mursi supporters gather in Cairo square

A photo of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi

Ruth Pollard Chanting for the downfall of the army chief who they believe orchestrated Dr Mursi's overthrow as huge Egyptian flags billowed above them in the evening breeze, the pro-Mursi demonstrators' numbers...

Egyptian military swears in new cabinet as violence flares

An injured supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi runs from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo early July 16, 2013. Police fired tear gas in central Cairo on Monday when protesters calling for the reinstatement of the ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, scuffled with drivers and passers-by annoyed that they had blocked major roads. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Ruth Pollard Egypt's military-backed interim leaders pushed ahead with the formation of a new cabinet on Tuesday, minus any representation from the former ruling Islamist parties and with the army chief taking on...

Defiant Abbas expected to win UN vote

Mahmoud Abbas

Ruth Pollard RAMALLAH: Openly defying the US President, Barack Obama, and facing down Israeli threats to abandon the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will submit a bid to the United Nations...

Arab League to withdraw observer mission as violence mounts in Syria

Free Syrian Army fighters watch for government tanks outside Rankous.

Ruth Pollard, Cairo The United Nations Security Council is preparing to discuss a new resolution from the Arab League that calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

West Bank religious sites first for world heritage request

Delegates at UNESCO's 36th General Conference

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...

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Sanctions buy diplomatic time in Iran standoff

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, listens to a technician during his visit of the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran.

Ruth Pollard he toughest sanctions yet seem to be biting and cooler heads are calling for calm.

Deal to free Israeli soldier stirs joy, unease

Israeli activists hug in a protest tent for Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, set up outside the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard His father described Gilad Shalit's ordeal as '1935 difficult days and 1935 long nights'.