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

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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

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