Ian Burrell

Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent.

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Hard sentences: the first copies of ‘Jail Mail’

Jail Mail is a national newspaper with a difference – it's only available in prisons

Britain's third national newspaper for prisoners launched this month. Ian Burrell explores how it compares with previous titles in reporting the news behind bars
29 per cent of Baby Boomer respondents said virtual friends were most important to them

Baby Boomers prefer 'online friends' to wealth or life experiences

Middle-aged Baby Boomers are now so obsessed with social media that they rate their number of virtual friends as more important to their self-esteem than experiences they have in the “real” world.

Martina Purdy has been a journalist for 25 years

BBC Northern Ireland reporter Martina Purdy quits – to become a nun

She made a “very personal decision” to quit her job as a journalist after 25 years

From left: Moosa Abd-Ali Ali, Saeed Al-Shehabi and Jaafar Al Hasabi during the press conference in London

Bahrain ‘spied on political activists living in the UK’

Government asked to investigate Gulf nation’s links to UK spyware company

Hammond, right, claimed that the choice of a car with the registration H982 FKL had been an “accident”

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond felt 'a real chill' over Falklands number plate

Presenter claims H982 FKL plate was a 'genuine accident'

The programme is accused of making three “untenable claims”, one of which alleges that the Rwandan Patriotic Front, led by current President Paul Kagame, pictured, was responsible for the assassination of former President Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994

BBC accused of promoting genocide denial in Rwanda documentary

Scholars and scientists write open letter

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The Argentinian ambassador to the UK has accused Jeremy Clarkson of 'fabricating a horror story' in his account of how his Top Gear team was attacked while filming in Tierra del Fuego

Argentine ambassador slams Jeremy Clarkson over 'fabricated horror story' of how Top Gear team was attacked while filming

The ambassador’s comments will put pressure on the BBC to open a full investigation into the events

John Humphrys has rejected the views of BBC colleagues who think broadcast political interviews have become too aggressive, claiming that politicians are 'fighters' who 'relish' confrontation

Politicians ‘relish’ aggressive interviews, says Today's John Humphrys

Newsnight editor Ian Katz has said that that audiences would benefit if politicians were given 'more space' by interviewers

Canada Goose's distinctive parkas have become increasingly popular, in spite of the fact that many of its products sell for close to £1,000

Canada Goose: From Arctic utility to urban chic

How a coat loved by rural airline workers became the world's must-have winter jacket
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?