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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'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.

Why Theresa May may not be able to recover from government 'falling apart before our eyes'

Brexit was always going to be a challenge, but it’s hard to imagine how U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May can recover now from the biggest blow so far: the resignation of the minister responsible for Brexit.

The last man: Canadian WW I soldier died at 2 minutes to peace

George Lawrence Price is believed to be the last Commonwealth soldier killed in the First World War, dying just two minutes before armistice 100 years ago. His legacy is still deeply felt in the Belgian community where he died.

In final months, Khashoggi repeatedly hit nerves as persistent critic of Saudi Arabia

Prior to his death, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi had hit an assertive stride as a persistent critic of Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
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'No genocide happened here': 1 year after Rohingya exodus, only handful have returned

A year after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar in what the UN called a military-led campaign of violence with genocidal intent but state officials deny was a genocide, fewer than 200 have returned, CBC's Nahlah Ayed reports.

Some 600,000 refugees later, Ottawa digs in on dealing with Myanmar on Rohingya crisis

Ottawa's approach to Myanmar might include expressions of concern, frank phone calls with civilian and military leaders, but not drastic ruptures, ruling out actions such as revoking Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary Canadian citizenship — at least for now.

A war over words is central to the Rohingya crisis: Nahlah Ayed

Ending the statelessness that automatically comes with the title Rohingya has been cited repeatedly as the key to peace in Myanmar.

'The scale is just vast': Authorities, aid workers in Bangladesh overwhelmed by Rohingya refugees

The movement of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh is an exodus of vast proportions that has bewildered even the most seasoned aid workers, writes Nahlah Ayed.

Rohingya Muslims facing world's most enduring sentiment: bigotry

To be Rohingya in 2017 is to be The Other. It is to face that most enduring and insidious human sentiment: bigotry, writes Nahlah Ayed.