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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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'