John Hall

John Hall is Senior Online Reporter at The Independent. He also writes a column on new music for the newspaper.

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Temple run: Many sites in India, such as Hampi in Karnataka, are either cheap or free to visit

Ten destinations where you'll get more for your money in 2014

In this exclusive extract from Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel' guide, we reveal 10 destinations that offer great value next year

James Vincent McMorrow brings soaring vocal lines to his latest track

The Playlist: Paul McCartney / James Vincent McMorrow / Necrowretch

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani

Four Christians sentenced to 80 lashes in Iran for drinking ceremonial wine during communion service

Men also found guilty of possessing a satellite radio antenna

What would you choose for your last meal? Final food choices of executed criminals revealed… and they throw up a few oddball selections

Enlightening details show last dishes range from indulgent feasts to just a simple cup of coffee

Human remains, animal horns and sinister skull masks: Grisly discovery at eerie abandoned house that investigators believe was used as a 'voodoo' temple by occultists

Remains were found by a team of cleaners who had been brought in to prepare the abandoned Colorado property for sale

Saudi women's rights activists posted online photographs and video clips of themselves defying the ban this month after some members of the Shoura Council, an influential body that advises the government, called for an end to the prohibition.

Saudi Arabia warns it will use force if campaigners protest against female driving ban

Saudi Arabia's government has warned it will use force if campaigners take to the streets protest against the country's ban on women driving.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Did Tamerlan Tsarnaev commit brutal, drug-related triple murder two years before Boston Marathon bombing?

Federal prosecutors officially name deceased Tsarnaev as a suspect in the slayings

The Sultan of Brunei has announced strict new Islamic punishments for criminals – including amputation for theft and stoning for adultery.

Stoning for adulterers and amputation for thieves: Sultan of Brunei announces stricter punishments under Shariah Penal Code

The punishments are set to come into force over the next six months

When was the first parachute jump? Google Doodle marks the day in 1797 when André-Jacques Garnerin made history

Doodle is based on Parisian daredevil’s brave leap on October 22, 216 years ago

Opportunist thieves, disgraced perverts and crooked railway staff: Mugshots of notorious early 20th century transport criminals released

Chancers photographed after swiping unattended luggage, while organised felons used their connection to the railways to steal whisky supplies

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea