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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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders