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.
Alfred Bosch, a member of Barcelona City Council, talks about what he believes will happen after the independence declaration.
Huge crowds have been celebrating on the streets of Barcelona, as the Catalan parliament voted to establish an “independent and sovereign state” – a declaration met with an immediate response from Spain: direct rule. And as for Europe, a big no too,as the head of the EU parliament declared no-one in the bloc would recognise Catalan independence.
The crisis in Catalonia is deepening after its president Carles Puigdemont ruled out calling early elections. Tomorrow the Spanish Senate is now expected to go ahead and endorse the government’s announcement of direct rule.
The headlines about the demise of IS forces in Syria have taken attention away from the ongoing humanitarian crisis. About 3.5 million people in Syria are thought to live in besieged areas, surrounded and trapped by troops loyal to the Assad government. A warning: there are extremely distressing images of sick children from the very…
The parliament in Catalonia says it will move to declare independence from Spain as early as next Monday. EU leaders have again urged both sides to calm down and talk to one another. But the Spanish King has been accused of inflaming the situation by failing to condemn the weekend’s violence. Jonathan Rugman has been…
Hundreds of thousands of Catalans have taken to the streets in Barcelona and other cities in protest at police violence during Sunday’s referendum on Catalan independence. Amid rising tensions, King Felipe is due to address the Spanish people this evening.
The Catalan leader has called for international mediation over the independence dispute with Spain, saying that after almost 900 people were injured in clashes with Spanish police, the EU “cannot look the other way”. Crowds occupied squares and blockaded streets across Catalonia at midday today to protest against the police violence during yesterday’s referendum.
More than 460 people have been hurt – including 11 police officers – as Spanish security forces tried to stop people voting in Catalonia’s independence referendum. Jonathan Rugman reports from Barcelona.
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.