Jamie Merrill

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

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Exiled Bahrain activist who protested at Windsor Horse Show among 72 to have citizenship revoked

'This wasn’t a decision made in the courts in Bahrain, this was a decision made by a dictator to make me stateless', says activist

Huge drop in women and disabled people participating in sport after the Olympics

245,000 fewer people are participating in swimming

Beavers born in the wild in the UK are not thought to carry EM

Devon beavers can stay living in the wild, Natural England rules

First wild population of beavers for 500 years saved

The cartoon depicts the UK (far left) walking around a Syrian child refugee

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat turns spotlight on UK’s failure to take in more refugees

In an exclusive artwork for The Independent, Ali Ferzat attacks Britain’s lack of ‘humanity’

Syrian refugee ‘Nour’ with her two month-old daughter. She was one of the first Syrians to come to the UK a year ago when the Government agreed to resettle ‘several hundred’ people under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

'Nour' is one of only 90 refugees Britain has accepted. She talks to Jamie Merrill

Number so freshwater mussels in Cumbria have plummeted from up to three million in the 20th century to 500,000

Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

The river Ehen is home to England's last viable population of the bivalve, but numbers have plummeted since the last century. Now, a unique collaboration is allowing them to thrive again

Experts fear that terrorists may target nuclear plants or attempt to bring down passenger aircraft using drones like this one

Britain open to terrorist drone attacks due to lax aviation rules, experts fear

Exclusive: There are fears they may target nuclear plants or attempt to bring down passenger aircraft

Over 1.5 billion journeys were made last year

Give northern England, Wales and Scotland a larger share of rail funding, MPs say

Members of the Transport Select Committee have called on the Department for Transport to deliver a fairer deal as part of its record £38bn rail investment

On Tuesday it was revealed that Sky had become the first major internet service provider (ISP) to start automatically blocking pornographic websites by default

Freedom of speech campaigners claim automatic porn blocking 'censorship by default'

Sky's decision to automatically block pornography has been condemned as a danger to freedom of expression by campaigners

Part Porsche, part Prius: the BMW i8

BMW i8, motoring review: I've just driven the future - and it's green and powerful

Price: £99,895
Engine capacity: 1.5-litre petrol engine, plus electric motor
Power output (bhp @ rpm): 357 @ 5,800
Top speed (mph): 155
Fuel economy (mpg): 134.5
CO2 emissions (g/km): 49

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Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
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From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable