James Legge

James Legge is an online writer for The Independent

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A member of Maccabi Haifa's staff speaks to the referee as the match is abandoned
Popes current and former won't be watching the football together

World Cup 2014: Pope Francis and predecessor Benedict won't be watching Argentina and Germany face off in the final

... and he's said he won't even pray for a South American victory

13 aircraft went missing from controllers' screens

'Unprecedented' disappearance of aircraft from radar screens in Europe

The EU's aviation safety body had been called to investigate

Scotland Yard detectives dig at an area of scrubland in Praia da Luz

Madeleine McCann latest: Police erect tent and begin digging in Portugal scrubland search

British police in Praia da Luz begin third day of search

York’s Shambles, where independent shops thrive

Breaking the chains on high streets: A movement for independent local loyalty cards plans to go nationwide

First Liverpool, then Birmingham for movement that helps customers track down local traders with special offers for its members

Maria Miller resigns: Cabinet replacements Sajid Javid and Nicky Morgan have controversial pasts

Newly rid of one ministerial headache after Maria Miller's resignation, David Cameron may find his new cabinet members' recent pasts throw up a few controversies of their own.

Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed

Ukraine crisis: David Cameron attacks Crimea vote 'under barrel of a Kalashnikov'

David Cameron warned Russia today that it faces international isolation and tighter sanctions unless Moscow takes steps to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

Postcard from... Nowa Huta

The 20th century still looms large in Poland, and particularly in Nowa Huta. The eastern suburb of Krakow was built almost from scratch at Stalin’s behest by Poland’s communist government shortly after the Second world War, and is still home to more than 100,000 residents. The area – whose name means “New Steelworks” in Polish – was built as a sort of communised utopia for the city’s workers.

Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa

Oscar Pistorius trial: Where is he now? One year on from Valentine's Day tragedy

As the athlete releases 'a few words' in memory of Reeva Steenkamp today, we look back at his life since the alleged murder took place

Samuel L. Jackson: He's not Laurence Fishburne

'I'm not Laurence Fishburne!' Samuel L. Jackson vents at TV presenter who confused actors

He's not Laurence Fishburne. Or Morgan Freeman, apparently

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Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little