Jerome Taylor

Jerome Taylor first came to The Independent in 2005 and joined the Foreign Desk. He is now a news reporter and the paper's Religious Affairs Correspondent.

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Census, gays and a very bad day for the Church of England

The historical goodwill of the British public towards Anglicanism is starting to run dry - and this anti same-sex marriage stance will only drain further support

Maxim Bakiyev has been accused of embezzling millions of dollars from government funds

Kyrgyzstan's 'prince' Maxim Bakiyev in the dock as US extradition battle begins

Prosecutors in the United States allege that the Kyrgyz businessman was involved in a complex insider trading scheme that netted millions of pounds on the New York stock exchange

New York's subway system gets back to work yesterday

Was the New York Post right to publish that splash?

An extremely controversial cover image on the American title has created outrage. Our writer, no stranger to reporting from abroad, examines the ethical issues around it

The organisation behind the Newham mosque plans

The organisation behind plans to build a giant mosque in Newham is one of the lesser known and most misunderstood Muslim revivalist movements that came out of north India at the turn of the last century. Tablighi Jamaat began as an offshoot of Deobandism, the deeply socially conservative school of Islam which movements like the Taliban also trace a theological lineage to. But they espouse none of the violent militancy of their ideological cousins who continue to blight Afghanistan and much of tribal Pakistan.

Russian supergrass death: Second post-mortem on Alexander Perepilichnyy comes back inconclusive

Pathologists are no closer to discovering what led to the death of a Russian supergrass in Surrey three weeks ago after a second post-mortem came back inconclusive.

Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, was found dead on 10 November. He had been helping a major money-laundering investigation

Death of a Russian supergrass: is it too late for new tests to establish truth of Alexander Perepilichnyy's death?

Home Secretary urged to investigate 'foul play' in death of Alexander Perepilichnyy

Swiss prosecutors say death of Russian whistle blower will not derail huge fraud investigation

Alexander Perepilichnyy, a 44-year-old businessman who left Russia three years ago, was found dead outside his luxury mansion on an exclusive private estate in Surrey two weeks ago

Sergei Magnitsky died in custody nine months after he was arrested
The mother of Sergei Magnitsky, Nataliya, at his funeral in Moscow

A $230 million fraud - and a trail of death that just keeps growing

Alexander Perepilichnyy is the fourth person connected to a murky tax case to have met a suspicious end

Composite of wedding rings placed on a Bible and a Muslim Marriage certificate

How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide

Christian pastors and Muslim imams have come together to draw up guidelines detailing advice on how to deal with inter-faith marriages.

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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