Christopher Hooton

Christopher Hooton is a Senior Reporter for Independent.co.uk

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'Aww hell naw!' Independence Day 2 is going to happen

Sequel will coincide with the original's 20th anniversary

The first step toward long-term space flight: The ISS 3D prints first spare part

Component was engraved to commemorate the occasion

Horse meets water for the first time, frolics gleefully

The old idiom about not being able to lead a horse to water looks to be true in the first half of this video, with Anna Paterek's steed, Magic, looking very tentative as she tries to guide him into a stream.

HBO announces Scientology documentary, hires 160 lawyers

Network is expecting backlash from the secretive church

One Direction's Liam Payne and the sadness of celebrity in one Vine

Next. Next. Next. Next. Next.

Plane won't start, passengers get out and give it a push

Extreme temperatures left plane stranded on runway

Jurassic World trailer already facing criticism from palaeontologists

And yet no-one's bothered by Chris Pratt's leather waistcoat

Shouting 'F*ck CNN' live on CNN is becoming a thing in Ferguson

People aren't happy about the station's one-sided coverage

A grand jury could 'indict a ham sandwich', but apparently not a white police officer

The verdict on Michael Brown's death stunned America, but should have come as no surprise

Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens teaser trailer will be 88-seconds long, could involve TIE Fighters

Abrams managed expectations over what will be shown off

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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