Adam Withnall

Adam Withnall writes for http://independent.co.uk

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Sheikh Man Haron Monis: Sydney siege gunman identified by police as well-known Islamist cleric

The 50-year-old extremist is well-known to Australian authorities

File: The HMS Tireless at the North Pole in 2004

Denmark claims North Pole – but will have to fight it out with Canada and Russia

Shrinking polar ice means the Arctic countries are preparing bids to exploit the area’s natural resources

Hamas gunmen display their military skills during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the militant group

First 'e-cigarette child death': New York baby dies after drinking liquid nicotine

Calls to change way e-cigarettes refills are marketed and bottled in wake of 'tragic accident'

Video footage appeared to show the woman sat in the away stand of the Al-Jawhara stadium in Jeddah

Saudi Arabia woman arrested after disguising herself as a man to watch a football match

Video footage purporting to show the woman sat in the away stand was posted to YouTube

Amazon 1p glitch: Software error sees hundreds of items sold for fractions of their value

Retailers say they could be bankrupted by the fault in software that claims to 'auto-optimise' listings

In this handout image of three released on December 13, 2014 by Kensington Palace, Prince George sits for his official Christmas picture in a courtyard

Prince George photos: The world's reaction to 'cute' pictures of child in numbers

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son more talked-about than Kim Kardashian

Christmas dinners could be under threat as food deliveries hit by driver shortage

And it may already be too late for some online present orders

North Korea 'experiments with chemical weapons on disabled people', defectors warn as Hollywood prepares for The Interview premiere

While Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film pokes fun at Kim Jong-un’s regime, these are the horrific abuses we shouldn’t be forgetting about

Diane Abbott says Ed Miliband asked if he was 'doing the right thing' when he gave her the sack

Then-shadow Health Secretary says it shows leader is 'such a nice person'

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'