Paul McGeough

Paul McGeough

Paul McGeough is chief foreign correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald.

How Turkey's two hunters became the hunted

Paul McGeough Erdogan insists he is the victim of a political plot. But his own early years in power show that he is no stranger to cloak-and-dagger methods.

'It's none of your business - it's the law'

The domes of an old mosque are seen near the new 'Ottoman-style' townhouses being built in Istanbul's Fatih district.

Paul McGeough The gentrification of a pocket of greater Istanbul known as Sulukule shows the power of Erdogan's republic at work.

Erdogan's old home loyal as he grows 'louder'

'He is perfect': Mustafa Sahin (left), Yilmaz Noyan and Ramazan Tuysuz (right) with their friend's shoes in Kasimpasa, the neighbourhood of Istanbul where Recep Tayyip Erdogan grew up.

Paul McGeough The search for an understanding of Turkey's president-elect inevitably goes through Kasimpasa, where he grew up.

Erdogan's steamrollers all opposition in pursuit of 'crazy projects'

Paul McGeough Two huge concrete towers are going so high in the sky that the labourers atop them, pouring concrete, look like insects.

Turkish media keep their bags packed for prison or exile

Media under siege: Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at domestic and foreign media, including Twitter, for criticising his government.

Paul McGeough Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken to publicly branding critically minded journalists as traitors or foreign agents.

'We are doomed': miners mourn as leader marches on

Paul McGeough For the region that lost more than 300 coal miners in a single disaster, talk of economic progress in Erdogan's Turkey rings hollow.

Praying for power

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a speech during an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Union of European Turkish Democrats UETD at the Albert Schultz Hall in Vienna, Austria on June 19, 2014. Austria warned the Turkish Prime Minister on June 12, 2014 not to say anything that may

Paul McGeough Despite a raft of corruption scandals, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is tipped to be Turkey's next president.

MH17 search in Ukraine turns into mission impossible

Head of the Australian Federal Police contingent Brian McDonald, right, and members of the international recovery team.

Paul McGeough Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop called in 100-plus unarmed, combat-untrained Australian investigators who spent 10 days dodging bombs in a search for bodies of victims that might not have been there in...

MH17: Angus Houston defends pared back search for remains and possessions

A pro-Russian rebels watches an Australian Federal Police officer (centre) walk with a Dutch policeman near the MH17 crash site.

Paul McGeough A failure to find human remains that might account for an estimated 80 bodies thought to still be missing after the downing of MH17 has revived informed speculation in Canberra that a significant...

'Turkey has become a police state'

A masked policeman raises his arms in Istanbul's fashionable Istiklal Avenue during the anniversary protests.

Paul McGeough Stepping out on the morning of May 31 there's an eeriness - no traffic, save for convoys of buses delivering thousands of helmeted cops from the suburbs and provinces.

MH17 crash: Australian, Dutch governments abandon search amid worsening fighting

Deputy head of the OSCE mission Alexander Hug (second from right) talks with retired kindergarten teacher Era Pavlovna, 76, (right) after handing her a pamphlet on how to return debris of MH17 crash, in Rassypnoe.

Paul McGeough The Australian and Dutch governments have abandoned the search for victims of the Flight MH17 disaster.

Search for MH17 victims winds down in Ukraine

Malaysian and Dutch police officers walk past sunflower fields towards the MH17 crash site.

Paul McGeough Rassypnoe, Ukraine: The search for human remains at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine is winding down, with an expectation among the Australian search party here that they will be withdrawn as...

'We're not looking for teddy bears': MH17 search will be limited, AFP commander says

An Australian Federal Police officer reads a Harvey World Travel document as he walks through the fields where MH17 crashed.

Paul McGeough There will not be a traditional field-by-field search of all 50 square kilometres of the MH17 crash site in Eastern Ukraine, despite Canberra's "bring them home'' undertakings to repatriate all human...

MH17: the shelling that halted search

Paul McGeough in UkraineClick to play video

Paul McGeough Shelling breaks out as Paul McGeough explains how international investigators were delayed by fighting at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine.

MH17: Expectations of success changing as shelling again frustrates investigators

Australian Federal Police prepare to search crash site.

Paul McGeough Australian and Dutch investigators were on the road to the MH17 crash site before 8am on Monday, but the menace of war kept them away from the site for most of the day.

MH17 investigator convoy held up by renewed gunfire

Pro-Russian rebels in the village of Rassypnoye.

Paul McGeough The Australian and Dutch investigators charged with retreiving the bodies and effects of the vicitms of the MH17 air disaster has once again been held off reaching the crash site by renewed gunfire...

MH17: AFP investigates site

Australian Federal Police officers and their Dutch coutnerparts collect human remains from the MH17 crash site in the fields outside the village of Grabovka in the self proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Ukraine. 2nd August, 2014. Photo: Kate GeraghtyClick to play video

Paul McGeough Australian Federal Police officers and their Dutch counterparts search for victims at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, chief foreign correspondent Paul McGeough reports.

MH17 team's grim search for 'remaining remains' in shadow of war

Australian Federal Police and their Dutch counterparts at the MH17 crash site.

Paul McGeough 'Bring ‘em home' became more than just a slogan as Australian Federal Police teams scoured the MH17 crash site for much of Saturday, their quiet bagging of the previously overlooked remains of...

Australians take part in search for more human remains from MH17 crash site

Australian Federal Police searching at the MH17 crash site for human remains.

Paul McGeough At last, after weeks of frustration for investigators and emotional pain for families and friends of the 298 passengers and crew lost in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the wheat and...

Vladimir Antyufeev: the man who decides who can access the MH17 crash site

Vladimir Antyufeyev: decides who can access the MH17 crash site.

Paul McGeough Lenin took it in the guts for the Donetsk People’s Republic, the prime minister is missing in action and his nominal deputy Vladimir Antyufeev, who is running the shop, tools around town in the...