Richard Hall

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

i Newspaper
 
TheIPaper
The Independent around the web

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
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?