Oliver Poole

Oliver Poole is an award-winning Foreign Correspondent for the Evening Standard and Independent titles. In his career he has reported from war zones including Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq, where he was based during the worst years of the civil war. He has written two books, "Red Zone: Five Bloody Years in Baghdad' and 'Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad'. He was previously a Foreign Reporter for The Daily Telegraph, and has written for the BBC, Guardian, Times and South China Morning Post.

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The oldest of Moscow’s McDonald’s outlets, which closed this month

McDonald's frozen out of Russia over 'health' risks

Critics have questioned why investigations have come after the relationship between the US and Russia soured over the crisis in Ukraine
Cameron discussed with US President Obama the possibility of dropping aid

Iraq crisis: David Cameron echoes President Obama pledge to stop 'genocide'

Downing Street said the Prime Minister 'welcomed US aid efforts' and is 'keen to work with the Americans on the humanitarian effort'
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate

Save the Tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable

Vladimir Putin on Friday: the West is closing ranks against him

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine

Kremlin's response to Western leaders' demands is to accusing Washington of 'pushing its own agenda'

Win exclusive home screening of Helena Bonham Carter-narrated film 'Price of Kings: President Peres'

President Peres speaks candidly about his relationship with Yasser Arafat and also with Benjamin Netanyahu

A survey of those working for Britain’s charities has found that only one in 10 believes Cameron's vision of a Big Society to be a success

Britons are giving more time and more money, but how successful is the Big Society?

Few believe in it, but the communities minister is optimistic
Iraqi soldiers near the border with Saudi Arabia

Iraq crisis: US drones back Baghdad's Tikrit offensive

But the White House has so far refused to authorise air strikes against the militants in Saddam Hussein's home town
Gerry Conlon in 2005

Gerry Conlon dead: Guildford Four member and victim of one of Britain's worst miscarriages of justice dies aged 60

In one of Britain’s worst miscarriages of justice, he was wrongly convicted of a 1974 IRA attack

Iraqi Shia fighters chant slogans against the al-Qa’ida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Baghdad’s Sadr City

Iraq crisis: Sunni advance on Baghdad stalled by Shia forces

Iran pledges its support for its neighbour as thousands of volunteers heed the call to arms
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If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution