Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Middle East Correspondent Ruth Pollard has reported on the Arab Spring revolutions, the battle against the Islamic State, tensions in the West Bank, and Egypt's power struggle. Her job has taken her to Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Tunisia. Her feature writing won a Walkley Award for her coverage of the war in Gaza.

Australian journalist Peter Greste, colleagues speak out from Egyptian jail

Ruth Pollard Even from the darkness of an Egyptian jail, journalist Peter Greste and his colleagues have refused to be silenced.

Death sentence for Mohammed Badie and 682 others in Egypt

An Egyptian woman reacts outside the courtroom in Minya after Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 682 other alleged Islamists were sentenced to death.

Ruth Pollard An Egyptian court has handed down another mass death sentence, condemning 683 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, including the movement's general leader Mohammed Badie, to die for inciting violence after...

Saudi MERS cases surge but experts at loss to explain spike

A thermal scanner in use at Manila's international airport. The Philippines reported its first case of the MERS virus in the past two weeks.

Ruth Pollard As the number of reported cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome surged this week, public health experts are struggling to understand where it originated, how it is spread...

Palestinian unity push angers Israel

Gaza's Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, right, listens to senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed, left, after the announcement the agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups.

Ruth Pollard Seven years after their violent split, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have signed a reconciliation agreement and say they will seek to form a unity government within weeks and hold...

Greste trial proceedings approach peak farce

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard In the game of high-stakes absurdity that Egypt is playing in the trial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, Tuesday's proceedings must surely represent 'peak farce'.

Finally, Gaza PhD student gets her new beginning in Australia

Ruth Pollard It is a new beginning that almost didn't happen. When Sameeha Elwan was awarded a scholarship in November to study her PhD in Australia, her main worry was whether she would ever be allowed to leave...

Brother delivers hope and sushi to imprisoned Peter Greste

Peter Greste in court in Cairo on March 31.

Ruth Pollard On Tuesday Peter Greste and two colleagues will appear for the sixth time in a large, dusty courtroom inside Cairo’s imposing Tora Prison complex.

As bombings hit capital, Egypt plans sweeping anti-terror laws

Dissent stifled: An Egyptian journalist protests against the country's Interior Ministry, which is accused of targeting journalists. The tape across his mouth reads

Ruth Pollard Even though it has been driving a ferocious security crackdown that has resulted in the arrest of at least 16,000 people and the deaths of more than 1400, Egypt's government has elected to go further.

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...

Peter Greste refused bail in Cairo court appearance

Ruth Pollard, Jonathan Swan The father of detained Australian journalist Peter Greste says it is obvious Egyptian authorities are struggling to make a case against his son after he was refused bail in a Cairo court.

Journalist Peter Greste's father says Egypt is struggling to make a case

Peter Greste.

Ruth Pollard and Jonathan Swan Father of detained Australian journalist says it is obvious Egyptian authorities are struggling to make a case against his son after he was refused bail in a Cairo court.

Peter Greste: Egypt court rejects journalists' bail plea

peter greste

Ruth Pollard An Egypt court on Monday turned down a plea for bail by jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al-Jazeera colleagues in a trial that has sparked international condemnation.

In Egypt a cry of outrage is met with death

Students who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans in front of Cairo University March 26, 2014. One person was killed near Egypt's Cairo University on Wednesday when protesters supporting ousted President Mohamed Mursi clashed with security forces, a health ministry official told Reuters. The protesters were demonstrating against a court ruling earlier this week condemning more than 500 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death.

Ruth Pollard No.309 on a list of 529 people condemned to die – a lawyer jailed alongside the people he had spent months trying to help, caught up in the relentless crackdown against anyone who dares to challenge...

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president

A banner for Egypt's army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in downtown Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Egypt’s army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has resigned his post and announced he will run for the presidency, pledging to “reconstruct the state and restore its dignity”.

Australian journalist Peter Greste defiant over 'baseless charges' in Egyptian court

Australian journalist Peter Greste stands in a metal cage during his trial in a Cairo court.

Ruth Pollard Australian journalist says there is no evidence to justify his imprisonment.

Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

A Muslim Brotherhood supporter aims fireworks at supporters of the Egyptian Government in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard In one of the world's largest ever mass death sentences, an Egyptian court sentenced 529 people to death and without hearing a single argument from defence lawyers.

Peter Greste: Australian journalist due back in Cairo court

On trial: Peter Greste inside the defendants' cage in court during his last appearance on March 5.

Ruth Pollard Three journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, will face a third day in a Cairo court on Monday accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to smear Egypt’s reputation and broadcasting...

Ukraine crisis: Crimeans vote to join Russia in referendum slammed as 'illegal' by US, EU

People wave Russian flags in Lenin Square in Simferopol to celebrate the preliminary results of the Crimean referendum.

Ruth Pollard Crowds of Crimeans roared their approval in Lenin Square in the capital Simferopol as exit polls indicated 93 per cent of those who turned out to vote in Sunday’s referendum were in favour of...

Crimea vote begins in Ukraine as 'self-defence' forces look on

Riot police

Ruth Pollard Voters began queuing early to cast their ballot in the referendum as Crimean police maintained a heavy security presence on the streets of the capital, Simferopol.

Russian forces attempt 'invasion' of village on eve of Crimea vote

A Russian soldier near Simferopol, Crimea.

Ruth Pollard Simferopol: Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armoured vehicles attempted to take control of a village inside western Ukraine on Saturday in a serious military escalation on the...