As the steps were about to be wheeled away, I ran across the tarmac and just made the plane. I might be 10 days late but I would get my story out after all.
Cameroon's government is working hard to banish the memories of the havoc caused by Boko Haram extremists who terrorised the north of the country for the last two years.
Labour and the Tories say they'll spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, as a Nato commitment. Both are pledged to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. Why? To what end?
An activist inside Yarmouk camp in Damascus tells Channel 4 News that Islamic State militants have largely withdrawn from the centre of the camp and handed control to other jihadis.
We are running out of words to describe the vandals of the Islamic State (IS) who not only show merciless cruelty to the living but are seeking to destroy the heritage left by the long dead. [brightc
Unlike the US, the Iranians are not releasing fact sheets about the scale of nuclear reduction because they would rather be a little vague on the compromises they've made.
Geneva, under UN auspices, was the Iranians choice to hold talks, but what about the date? With a deadline of midnight 31 March a new danger arose: the April Fool's Agreement.
For the Saudis, Iran - not Islamic State - is the greatest danger in the Middle East. So nuclear détente between Iran and the US will not be cost-free.
The mood music coming out of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne may be positive, but there are more variations to be played through before a harmonious finale can be achieved.
Diplomats are trying to decrease tension in Lausanne and put a brake on Iran's nuclear programme. The fear is what could happen if the talks fail.
Graffiti sprayed last year on the ruins of Cyrene, in Libya, reads: "Destroy the Idols". Islamists, including Islamic State militants, see such pre-Islamic structures as sacrilege.
Too often UN appointments are made entirely on political patronage and not at all on competence. This time the former has been tempered by the latter.
Visitors to the British Museum can see the magnificent winged bulls taken from Nimrud, in northern Iraq. But Iraqis living there are cowering in terror as their history is annihilated.
Israel is much more frightened by Iran than by the Islamic State group - which explains why he will today warn the US against any nuclear deal with Tehran.
A combined force of Iraqi army, Shia militia and Kurdish peshmerga is trying to retake Tikrit from IS. But it is more likely to want vengeance than an orderly retaking of the area.
Better that at least some vestiges of previous civilisations be kept safe in the great museums of London, Berlin and New York, courtesy of the colonial looters of yesteryear.
It looks terrible - vandals of the Islamic State attacking ancient Assyrian statues with sledge-hammers.
What do you do when the only person standing up to your worst enemy is a thug and a bully? Not a playground problem but the realpolitik of the Middle East today.
The Syrian government knows it's in a strong position. If the rebels don't agree the ceasefire, they may be crushed. Previous 'local ceasefires' have been a euphemism for surrender.