Jamie Merrill

Jamie Merrill is a news reporter and feature writer for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

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Silhan Ozcelik, 18, was believed to have travelled to Syria to fight Isis

Anti-terror police question London teenager Silhan Ozcelik 'who went to Syria to fight against Isis'

Ozcelik was arrested by Met Police counter-terrorism officers on Friday afternoon at Stansted airport

The actress claims Belsize Park’s community spirit would be ‘destroyed’ by Tesco

Emma Thompson: Stop Tesco setting up shop in 'villagey' Belsize

Actress said 'meanly paid' staff would harm community spirit

War horse: the Defender can tackle the toughest terrains

Iconic Land Rover Defender to be discontinued

The Defender has acquired a cult following among mud-loving off-road enthusiasts, seen service across the globe in the British Army and has even been driven by the Queen. Jamie Merrill takes it for a farewell drive
Employees who work more than 55 hours a week are 13 per cent more likely to consume 'risky' levels of alcohol

Employees who work more than 55 hours a week more likely to consume 'risky' levels of alcohol

New study prompts calls for employers to stick to working week limits

Word Warriors: Vocabulary puritans urged to focus on bringing back long-lost words

Each year, the list of newly-coined words is greeted with outrage by logophiles

The US military to vacate RAF Mildenhall

US military withdraws from three RAF bases

US to vacate RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth  and RAF Mildenhall

Faslane Naval Base on the Gare Loch in Scotland

MoD asks for American help in searching for Russian submarine near Scotland

Britain is lacking anti-submarine patrol aircraft

The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s most popular car

Ford Fiesta Black Edition, motoring review: Available in any colour you like (as long as it's black or red)

Price: £16,145
Engine capacity: 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol
Power output (bhp @ rpm): 138 @ 600
Top speed (mph): 125
Fuel economy (mpg): 62.8
CO2 emissions (g/km): 104

Scots really do love whisky and Yorkshire prefers ale: research shows drinkers have regional tastes

Study backs up long-standing clichés about favoured tipples of different regions

A protest near a drill site operated by Cuadrilla in Balcombe, West Sussex, in 2013

Anti-Cuadrilla group's fracking protest leaflet misleading, says watchdog

Lancashire residents’ group said to have exaggerated size of Cuadrilla’s shale gas plans

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Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore