Jonathan Rugman has been Foreign Affairs Correspondent at Channel 4 News for more than a decade.
He reported from the revolutions and uprisings in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Bahrain and has covered stories as diverse as Somalia's famine, the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, corruption in world football and the Haiti earthquake. In 2016 he won a BAFTA for his reporting on the terrorist attacks in Paris.
He was previously the programme's Washington Correspondent and Business Correspondent and his reporting has won more than 10 awards. He is the author of "Ataturk's Children: Turkey and the Kurds" and previously worked on BBC Radio 4 documentaries and in Turkey for the BBC and The Guardian.
Supporters of Catalan independence say they’re determined to go ahead with tomorrow’s referendum – despite Spain’s efforts to stop it happening. Our foreign affairs correspondent, Jonathan Rugman, reports from Barcelona.
In Barcelona, the hugely controversial referendum on Catalonia’s independence looks set to go ahead this weekend, despite the Spanish government insisting that it won’t. Thousands of police officers have been sent to the region to try to stop the poll going ahead.
The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has warned that Brexit talks haven’t made “sufficient progress” for talks on a future trading relationship with the UK to begin. Meanwhile, in a speech on European integration, France’s President Emmanuel Macron said he could imagine a Europe which Britain could rejoin.
The polls have closed in Northern Iraq, where Kurds today voted in an historic referendum on independence. The vote, which is non-binding, has been met with fierce opposition from Baghdad and its neighbours. President Erdogan of Turkey has threatened to cut off oil exports from the region.
In Barcelona thousands of protesters gathered outside a courthouse to demand the release of a dozen regional officials detained for their part in organising a Catalonian independence referendum. Now the constitutional court is planning to fine 22 electoral officials up to 12,000 euros a day for their defiance.
Across Mexico, rescuers are struggling to free people trapped in the rubble of buildings brought crashing down by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the country yesterday. The head of the country’s civil defence agency has confirmed that at least 225 people are known to have died, among them 21 children and five adults in…
In the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria has claimed its first casualty, on the island of Guadeloupe. The Prime Minister of Dominica said we have “lost everything that money can buy”after the storm hit it, and other islands are now bracing themselves for the worst.
America’s attempt to drum up support for new sanctions against North Korea has run into trouble with the Russians. Vladimir Putin said sanctions were “useless and ineffective” and called for dialogue with Pyongyang. But North Korea signalled that it will never negotiate on its nuclear programme and warned that more missile tests, which it described…
What are the next moves for nations trying to deal with the increasing threat from North Korea’s new-found, long-range missile capability?
The Sri Lankan government has denied its ambassador to Brazil is on the run, after a human rights group filed war crimes charges against him there.
The North Koreans have said President Trump talked “a load of nonsense about fire and fury” and they’ve responded with a threat of their own: to launch missiles into the sea off the US territory of Guam in the Pacific. Mr Trump has begun a meeting with his national security advisors, after his administration stood…
Police in France have shot and wounded a man after a dramatic motorway car chase near Boulogne. The incident came after the same car was driven into a group of soldiers in a suburb of Paris, injuring six of them. There have been six previous attacks on French security forces so far this year and…
There were cheers from ANC members of Parliament tonight after the South African President Jacob Zuma managed to survive a no-confidence vote – held, for the first time by secret ballot. But dozens of ANC MPs joined the opposition to vote against Zuma, who’s faced a series of corruption allegations and has presided over an…
Major developments in the North Korean nuclear standoff. Reports in the US media claim Pyongyang has successfully constructed a miniaturised nuclear warhead which could fit inside the type of missile it’s been testing. And experts fear those missiles are capable of reaching the US mainland.
The future of South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma now rests in the hands of MPs – and they’ll be allowed an anonymous vote. Opposition leaders said the decision to hold tomorrow’s no confidence vote by secret ballot was “groundbreaking”.