Nahlah Ayed

Foreign Correspondent

Nahlah Ayed is a CBC News correspondent based in London. A veteran of foreign reportage, she's covered major world events and spent nearly a decade working in and covering conflicts across the Middle East. Earlier, Ayed was a parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press.

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Warrior woman: How a British secret agent — who became a Canadian — helped pave the way for D-Day

Sonya d’Artois parachuted into occupied France under the cover of darkness in late May 1944, and along with other female agents working in secret, helped the Allied forces make their D-Day landings and ultimately win the Second World War.

Author and political activist Arundhati Roy on missing India's election — and being a lifelong agitator

The CBC's Nahlah Ayed speaks to author and political activist Arundhati Roy on the eve of India's election results.

How Modi's populist message won the Indian PM a second term

Over the last five years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been seen both as an incorruptible champion of the masses and the “divider in chief.” He's now poised for another five-year term at the helm of a country at a crossroads.

'The battle is still on': Fake news rages in India's WhatsApp elections

As hundreds of millions of Indians vote in the country's massive staggered election, journalists and civil society groups are working overtime to try and fight back against fast-moving falsehoods that some fear could alter the outcome of the vote.

For far-right populists, EU election a battle to 'save Europe'

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who had an audience with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, is one of several nationalist leaders in Europe hoping to use immigration as a wedge issue to make big gains in upcoming elections for the European parliament.

'Mind-boggling': The logistics of getting 897 million India voters to the polls

Indians are voting in the next-to-last round of 6-week-long national elections, marked by a highly acrimonious campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flaying the opposition Congress party rival Rahul Gandhi's family for the country's ills.

'The first thing is food': But aid pledges fall short after Mozambique cyclone

An unprecedented cyclone hits a devastatingly poor country. At what point should other countries intervene? For India, the answer was made easier by serendipity: it happened to have three naval vessels in the Indian Ocean when Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on March 14, killing more than 500 people.

Extraordinary destruction and flooding in Mozambique point to unprecedented storm

Beira is still in mourning, still bearing the scars of sudden catastrophe. As the city tries to get back on its feet, its people are still trying to make sense of a singular storm that defied the rules of any they have ever known.

'We didn't sleep for 3 days': How a network of women watched over Rahaf Mohammed's escape to the West

When Rahaf Mohammed made her risky escape from Saudi Arabia in January, a network of young women were advising her and others in the same way they’ve helped each other flee repression at home.

Benched by Brexit, Britain seems unable to think of much else — and the political brawl is far from over

After Theresa May's Brexit deal suffered a decisive defeat in Parliament, the prime minister faces a critical non-confidence vote. But no matter the outcome for her, the country is still wracked by division with no clear path out of an intractable political mess.

China's 'complicated' role in fight against climate change

Three years after they helped forge the landmark Paris agreement, the U.S. and China are effectively on opposite sides of the climate discussion, Nahlah Ayed writes.

Theresa May's survival streak continues in the face of Tory insurgency

In blocking a Tory coup, May has managed to sidestep her party's brutal family feud, the same one that started the U.K. down the bumpy Brexit road in the first place. But getting through that challenge was only one obstacle on a road still crowded with obstacles.

'It would be great to have clean air': A Polish wish as crucial climate talks open

Poland is hosting international climate change talks and while the country remains dependent on coal, improvements in air quality in one city provide some hope for environmentalists in the country and beyond.

Brexit showdown puts Britain's fault lines on full, irate display

It's taken nearly three years, but the Brexit debate in Britain is finally exiting the realm of the theoretical. Although Prime Minister Theresa May promised to heal her country's divorce-inflicted rifts, her deal instead brings them all to life.

Britain on a cliff edge: Brexit, bedlam or bust?

Britain’s plans to leave the European Union have descended into chaos and confusion. Nahlah Ayed looks at some of the many scenarios that could unfold in the coming days.