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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Spree killer Anders Breivik claimed he used video games to ‘train’ for the murders

One of Us by Asne Seierstad, book review: Breivik: the man behind the mass killings

Seierstad drew on Breivik’s statements and writings, police records, and interviews with those involved, including the victims’ families

Smacking with dignity: Pope Francis greets a child last year

Vatican's new abuse commission says Pope Francis is wrong to condone smacking

Pontiff told by his own commission that there is never any time when inflicting pain to discipline children is right

Civilians in Debaltseve board an evacuation bus on Saturday (AP)

Ukraine crisis: Peace talks stall in Minsk as the people of Debaltseve flee rebel bombs

Kiev government accuses separatists of undermining negotiations that last just hours

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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

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