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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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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