Richard Hall

Richard Hall is The Independent’s Assistant Foreign Editor. He was formerly Middle East Editor of The Daily Star, Beirut.

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Turkey shells Syria after border deaths

The Syrian civil war threatened to spread beyond its borders last night as the Turkish army launched artillery attacks against Syria in response to deadly shelling that killed five people in south-east Turkey.

Tyler Giuliano, 15, was shot dead

Connecticut man shoots dead his own son after mistaking him for a burglar

A man shot and killed a masked teenager outside his next door neighbour's home after interrupting what appeared to be a burglary, to find out later that it was his son.

Berlusconi is back with an attack on the Germans

Silvio Berlusconi, the former Prime Minister, has attacked Germany's handling of the eurozone crisis, accusing Berlin of "dictating rules" to other European countries.

Hundreds gathered in Kabul yesterday in protest at the film The Innocence of Muslims

Middle East burns as Hezbollah delivers US a fiery warning

The leader of the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah has made a rare public appearance in Beirut at a protest against an anti-Islam film that has sparked violent reactions across the Muslim world.

Islamist rebels during the funeral of fellow fighter Tareq Naser, who died during clashes on Sunday near Fafeen village in Aleppo

Foreigners flood into Syria to join battle to overthrow Assad

UN investigators say number of human rights abuses committed by either side has risen dramatically

Postcard from... Beirut

It is an unfortunate truth that it is possible to tell the religious make-up of most areas in Lebanon by the imposing posters of the political leaders that adorn the roadside.

Postcard from... Beirut

In a country struggling to avoid the spillover from a civil war next door, where infrastructure is allowed to crumble, where corruption is rampant and where roads blocked by burning tyres are a regular sight, many have questioned the timing of a ban on smoking indoors.

100,000 flee Syria as August civilian death toll hits new high

The number of civilians who have fled Syria's civil war has almost doubled to more than 230,000 following the conflict's deadliest month yet, the UN refugee agency said yesterday, as it warned that number would rise further still.

Red Cross chief to discuss Syria's humanitarian crisis with Assad

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrived in Damascus yesterday for talks with the Syrian government aimed at improving humanitarian access to civilians in the country.

Police press on with plans to give G4S essential role despite Olympic shambles

Up to 1,000 back-office jobs in three counties could still be outsourced to giant security firm
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