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.

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

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...

Israel alleges Iran planned bus blast

Israel has threatened to 'settle the account' with those responsible for an attack in Bulgaria killing Israeli tourists.

Ruth Pollard Israel threatens to 'settle the account' with those responsible for an attack that left seven dead.

Fears an excluded Israel may strike Iran's nuclear sites

US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta answers questions during a press conference in Cairo on October 4, 2011 on his official visit aiming to defuse tensions between Egypt and Israel that have mounted since the end of Hosni Mubarak's rule. AFP PHOTO/POOL/WIN MCNAMEE

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: There are growing fears Israel's increasing isolation in the region has led it to consider a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, prompting a flurry of diplomatic activity...

Israel warned over lone strike against Iran

Young Israelis hold the national flag in support of Jewish settlements in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank.

Ruth Pollard Israel's increasing isolation may lead it to a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Israelis split over military strike on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly pressing ministers to support an attack on Iran.

Accusations fly as Israel and Iran blame each other for attacks

New Delhi, India.

Ruth Pollard BEIRUT: Tensions between Israel and Iran have escalated sharply as the fallout from Monday's co-ordinated attacks on Israeli embassies in India and Georgia deepened.

US punishes companies for Iran sales

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Ruth Pollard The US has sanctioned three foreign companies for doing business with Iran.

US turns screws on firms selling to Iran

Ruth Pollard

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...

New nuclear step for Iran

Ruth Pollard, Beirut In a further escalation of international tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to announce new advances to its nuclear fuel program.

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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.

Obama warns on loose talk of war against Iran

Ruth Pollard Warning against 'loose talk of war' Obama has not softened his opposition to the idea of a military strike.

Sanctions key to avoiding Iran strikes, say experts

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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...

Iran ‘will not budge’ from nuclear path

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Ruth Pollard and Simon Mann Iran has vowed it 'will not budge an iota' from its nuclear path in the wake of a damning UN report that found credible evidence that suggested it was pursuing atomic weapons.

Ottomania as Turkey drifts away from secularism

Ruth Pollard With its opulent palace life, heroic storyline and beautiful lead actors, the Turkish drama set in the court of Sultan Suleyman, Magnificent Century, should have represented the artistic...

Analysis

Egypt's siege mentality bad news for journalists

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.

Syrian peace talks announced - but doubts remain

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ruth Pollard After two-and-a-half years of a brutal war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and displaced nine million people, the Syrian Government and the Opposition have agreed to hold their first...

High stakes, hidden foes in Israel's intervention

Hassan Nasrallah

Ruth Pollard It is just under seven years since the skies over Lebanon roared with the sound of Israeli fighter jets and missiles rained down on both sides in a furious 34-day war.

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.

Assad's forces score victory in Syria fight

Fighting rages on Syria (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard As the United Nations human rights body voted to condemn Syria's use of foreign fighters in its deadly attacks on the border town of Quasyr, it appeared the regime's forces, backed by up to 2000...

Israel attacks military sites in Syria

Israeli rockets blamed for Syria blasts (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus, the second strike inside Syria in the past three days.