Lindsey Hilsum’s is Channel 4 News International Editor, and has covered many of the conflicts of recent years including in Syria, Ukraine and the Arab Spring.
She was in Baghdad for the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and in Belgrade for the 1999 NATO bombing. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide began.
She has won awards from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA amongst others, and received the 2017 Patron’s Medal from the Royal Geographical Society.
She has just published a biography: “In Extremis - the Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin”.
Her last book, “Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution”, was described by the Observer as “an account with historical depth to match dramatic reportage.”
Syrian government forces are continuing to make gains in their campaign to end the country’s eight-year conflict by eliminating the last remaining insurgents.
China’s President Xi Jinping has made a rare appearance on the streets of Beijing – wearing a protective face mask as he greeted residents and staff at a hospital in the capital.
There has been an outpouring of grief and anger in China after the doctor who raised the alarm over the coronavirus died of the disease.
Hundreds of airstrikes and barrel bombs have been launched by Syria and its Russian allies on rebel-held areas of Idlib and Aleppo in the last 24 hours.
Iran’s supreme leader seized the chance to attack America and defend the country’s elite armed forces after the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane.
Many young Iraqis say they are fed up with their country being a battleground for other nations’ quarrels – and protesters have been camping in central Baghdad for the last three months.
Police in Iran have denied using live ammunition on protesters as demonstrations against the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner entered their third day. Footage on social media, from last night, showed a female demonstrator in the capital Tehran apparently with a gunshot wound to her leg. Meanwhile, the Iranian ambassador in London was summoned…
After days of denials, Iran admitted it “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane – killing all 176 people on board.
In Iraq, several months of protests in central Baghdad have received new impetus since the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
After days of mass mourning and threats of revenge following the killing of one of its top generals, Iran’s overnight attacks on two bases in Iraq used by US troops were relatively contained – this acknowledged by President Trump in a surprisingly placatory television address this afternoon.
President Trump declared that general Qassem Soleimani “should have been taken out years ago”.
An American airstrike near Baghdad airport has killed Iran’s top general, with experts warning it could inflame tensions in the region and put the US and its allies – including the UK – at risk.
Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has denied her country’s armed forces commited genocide against Rohingya Muslims – as she faced allegations at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
It is a five-year conflict that has cost 13,000 lives and displaced millions. Today Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met Vladimir Putin at talks in Paris aimed at reviving peace talks to end Ukraine’s war with Russia.
The Iraqi prime minister has promised to resign, amid weeks of anti-government unrest which have left hundreds of people dead.