Oliver Poole

Oliver Poole is an award-winning Foreign Correspondent for the Evening Standard and Independent titles. In his career he has reported from war zones including Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq, where he was based during the worst years of the civil war. He has written two books, "Red Zone: Five Bloody Years in Baghdad' and 'Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad'. He was previously a Foreign Reporter for The Daily Telegraph, and has written for the BBC, Guardian, Times and South China Morning Post.

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Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince by Lisa Hilton, book review: The fresh prince of Tudor England

Hilton has created a satisfying page-turner

Tony Abbott was labelled ‘flaky’ in The Australian

Rupert Murdoch turns on golden boy Tony Abbott over Australian PM's failure to show 'courage and leadership'

Talk of climate change and a series of gaffes has left the premier vulnerable
Cause to celebrate: Partygoers including Lewis Rimmer (second left), Fox Fisher (fourth left), Paris Lees (fifth from right) and CN Lester (third from right)

Rainbow List 2014 winners honoured at party

It was party time on Tuesday as a celebration was hosted at the Grange St Paul's Hotel, London, to honour the 101 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who this year featured on The Independent on Sunday's Rainbow List of 2014.

The oldest of Moscow’s McDonald’s outlets, which closed this month

McDonald's frozen out of Russia over 'health' risks

Critics have questioned why investigations have come after the relationship between the US and Russia soured over the crisis in Ukraine
Cameron discussed with US President Obama the possibility of dropping aid

Iraq crisis: David Cameron echoes President Obama pledge to stop 'genocide'

Downing Street said the Prime Minister 'welcomed US aid efforts' and is 'keen to work with the Americans on the humanitarian effort'
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate

Save the Tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable

Vladimir Putin on Friday: the West is closing ranks against him

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine

Kremlin's response to Western leaders' demands is to accusing Washington of 'pushing its own agenda'

Win exclusive home screening of Helena Bonham Carter-narrated film 'Price of Kings: President Peres'

President Peres speaks candidly about his relationship with Yasser Arafat and also with Benjamin Netanyahu

A survey of those working for Britain’s charities has found that only one in 10 believes Cameron's vision of a Big Society to be a success

Britons are giving more time and more money, but how successful is the Big Society?

Few believe in it, but the communities minister is optimistic
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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect