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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Ukraine crisis: 'Very concerned' US issues warning to Russia against use of military force

Ukraine risks its supply of gas being switched off after the country's new government told Moscow it was suspending payments for deliveries, raising the prospect of parts of wider Europe also being deprived of vital Russian supplies.

Some Baltic states rely almost entirely on Russian gas

Ukraine crisis: Moscow threatens to cut gas supplies to Europe in retaliation for sanctions

The prospect of a European energy crisis loomed last night as Moscow threatened to impose retaliatory sanctions, and the new Prime Minister of Ukraine said his country could suffer shortages if help was not received from the West.

Japanese and Malaysian pilots search for the missing plane

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Hijackers, pirates or suicide – the theories surrounding the mystery

The fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is one clue closer to being solved. But the mystery of what happened remains unresolved. With mechanical failures now seeming unlikely and "deliberate action" blamed, who was responsible? Why? And, most importantly, where is the plane and those on board?

Douglas Alexander called for a freeze on certain Russian assets

Ukraine crisis: Labour urges David Cameron to take tougher action against 'calculating' Kremlin

David Cameron must be prepared to impose stricter economic and diplomatic sanctions on Russia if its "reckless actions" in Crimea are to be stopped, the shadow Foreign Secretary has warned.

Soldiers in Simferopol

Ukraine crisis: Moscow catches the world off guard

With no appetite for a show of force and little leverage over Russia, the West is left with a choice of uncertain sanctions. Oliver Poole reports

Power house: The presidential country estate in Mezhyhirya

Ukraine uprising: The private zoo, the galleon moored on a private lake, the fleet of vintage cars - Ukrainians left open-mouthed at the opulence of Yanukovych's country estate

It's a kleptocratic state with no independent judiciary where one in four lives in poverty. No wonder they've had enough

Manifesto: You donated the money, now we tell you how it will be spent

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The killing field: Extraordinary images of Al-Shabaab's Somali stadium of death

A sports stadium in Mogadishu became a key base for al-Shabaab in Somalia as their influence expanded across eastern Africa. Photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd visited the arena after it was reclaimed by African Union forces

Majid al-Majid, al-Qa’ida’s top commander in Lebanon

Fears of retaliatory attacks in Lebanon after al-Qa'ida chief dies in army hospital

Majid al-Majid had suffered from kidney problems and required regular dialysis

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