A British academic has been sentenced by an Abu Dhabi court to life in prison for “spying for the UK government”, in a shock decision which Jeremy Hunt has warned could damage relations between the two allies.
Josie Ensor"FCO know he is innocent and have made it clear to the UAE authorities that Matthew is not a spy for them. This whole case has been handled appallingly from the very beginning with noone taking Matthew’s case seriously," says Matthew Hedges's wife Daniela
The UK is refusing calls to repatriate at least nine Britons detained in Syria for links to Isil, the Telegraph has learnt, as it emerged crown prosecutors may not have the power to bring returning extremists to justice.
Josie EnsorNearly double the number of Britons are being held in Syria with suspected links to ISIS than publicly acknowledged. This includes 7 men, 2 women and 4 children. UK resisting calls from SDF and FSA to take them back. This is why… (1)
“As you can all see, there is no secret Hizbollah weapons warehouse here,” Gebran Bassil, Lebanon’s foreign minister, said wryly as he gestured down below the empty stands of the al-Ahed football stadium.
Josie EnsorOur write-up of the at-times farcical tour: Lebanon takes foreign diplomats on tour of Hezbollah 'missile sites' as it calls Netanyahu's bluff
One of the trained assassins wanted for poisoning Sergei Skripal is a decorated colonel in Russian military intelligence given the country’s highest award by Vladimir Putin.
Josie EnsorIncredible @bellingcat/@Telegraph investigation into Russian poisoners. Looking harder & harder to deny the order didn't came from the top. Skripal 'hitman' unmasked as GRU colonel awarded Russia's highest military honour by Putin
Western governments bear partial responsibility for prolonging this savage conflict. They must now push for peace, says columnist Jonathan Steele
Josie Ensor"The idea that Syrian authorities would kill civilians who return to govt control makes little sense," writes a columnist who suggests Idlib surrenders and one who has clearly not been paying attention the last seven years
Muslims headed to Friday prayer while non-Muslims went the other way. No one made eye contact.
Josie EnsorOne of the laziest pieces of journalism I've seen. Reporter walks around Whitechapel for an hour and writes off whole of London as "failed multiculturalism". Was certainly not my experience living in Whitechapel for two years
There was no mistaking him, the man standing just a few feet away.
Josie Ensor10 Yazidi women have seen their ISIS captors on the streets of Germany. Merkel had offered refuge to the world’s most vulnerable but her open-door policy would see her country inadvertently end up offering refuge to their abusers too.
The warning sent to Abdulkarim al-Ismail’s Facebook came just moments before the warplanes would fly overhead and drop their load.
Josie EnsorThe social media warning system saving thousands of lives in Syria. I heard about this technology being used years ago, but didn't realise it was @johnbjaeger at Hala System's handiwork! They've now gone public
Protesters on the streets of Iran this week chanted “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to inflation”, mimicking the “Death to America” refrain popularised after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Josie Ensor“Iran is a very rich country but our government seems to be more concerned with the wellbeing of non-Iranian people in the Arab world,” said Murad, an electrician from Tehran, when asked why he's out protesting
Josie EnsorIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech televised today that the country's economic problems were the result of internal mismanagement by the government and not just US pressure. My piece from the weekend