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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Malala Yousafzai collapses into fit of giggles following joke by Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace

Prince Phillip told a joke about education in Britain

Eminem deserves his place among the greatest artists in hip hop history

The Playlist: 7 Days of Funk / Eminem / Splashh

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

One of the gunmen prowls through the mall

Kenyan mall attack: Norweigan suspected of being attacker named as Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, as chilling new video is released

Chilling new footage from inside Westgate shows terrorists casually gunning down innocent shoppers

Former BBC presenter Michael Souter has been found guilty of a string of child sex offences spanning two decades.

'A sexual deviant': Ex-BBC presenter Michael Souter found guilty of child sex offences

Former BBC presenter Michael Souter has been found guilty of a string of child sex offences spanning two decades.

There are 240 schools in England where over 90% of pupils do not speak English as a first language, with five primary schools having absolutely no first language English speakers at all.

English not the first language in 240 schools - with five primary schools having no native-speakers at all

Number of children without English as their mother tongue hits 1.1 million - a rise of 54,000 in the last year

Archaeologists digging at the Mesolithic Blick Mead site, close to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, were shocked to discover the cooked leg of a frog among the charred remains of a fish and beef feast that is believed to have been prepared at the tail end of the last ice age - around 7,000 BC.

Zut alors! Archaeologists uncover ‘Heston Blumenthal-style’ feast at 8,000-year-old dig site that proves Brits were the first to eat frogs’ legs - not the French

Discovery close to Stonehenge means that the French - far from being the inventors of the amphibious delicacy - may have stolen it from British cuisine

Philippines earthquake: Death toll hits 100 following 7.2 magnitude quake, as 800 aftershocks hamper rescue efforts

At least 10 people are missing under a collapsed hospital, church and home in the town of Loon

E-fit images of the suspect, and the McCanns in a BBC 'Crimewatch' reconstruction
“Chamakay” is on Dev Hynes' forthcoming album

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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