Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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John Cantlie, in the video the photojournalist speaks directly to the camera with no one else present – in contrast to previous videos released by the group

John Cantlie: Isis uses kidnapped British journalist to present its case in new video

Missing for two years, John Cantlie resurfaces in what may be a change of tactics for Islamic State

Islamic State: YouTube propaganda video of British hostage John Cantlie released by Isis

Video of British journalist follows killing of three other Western hostages – James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines – in recent weeks

Aid worker Alan Henning was kidnapped in Syria in December

Alan Henning: British Muslim leaders unite to urge Isis to release UK hostage

‘We are not prepared to let these lunatics hijack our faith’ - read the letter and add your name to the #NotInMyName list

On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence

Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote

Is the huge gamble on oil keeping him up at night?

On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence

Scottish independence: First Minister Alex Salmond's letter to voters

On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond writes a letter to voters in a final attempt to convince them to part ways with the UK.

Aurora Academies Trust, which runs four primary schools in East Sussex including Oakwood Primary, pays its US parent company about £100,000 a year to use its patented global curriculum

Academy schools criticised over payments to board members

Report highlights ‘questionable’ practices where sponsors’ companies charge for services

A still from a video showing David Haines with captor

David Haines beheading: Was a news blackout on Isis hostages the right option?

Some hostages, after the event, have been critical of the FCO

A still from the video purporting to show David Haines

David Haines Isis beheading video: 'Now is the time for retribution' – calls grow for David Cameron to take fight to Islamic State

The video also included a threat to murder a second British hostage

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

Islamic State: The Maldives - a recruiting paradise for jihadists

Former president says islands are fertile ground for extremists, with government’s tacit support

Scottish independence on a knife edge as 'Yes' vote narrows gap ahead of referendum

Latest figures show Yes vote on 49 per cent, and better Together campaign on 51 per cent

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Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?