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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The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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The Imitation Game, film review
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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week