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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Syria crisis: Rebels turn on each other in border city of Azaz

Syrian rebels have turned their guns on each other in the border city of Azaz, where fault lines between moderate Western-backed rebels and extremist groups descended into open conflict yesterday.

US Syria analyst, cited by John Kerry, is fired over dodgy CV

A researcher whose work was cited by the Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Senator John McCain in their attempts to persuade Congress to take military action in Syria has been fired for lying about her academic credentials.

A video clip shows General Salim Idris, right, at Latakia

Syrian rebel leader makes defiant visit to his troops in Assad
heartland

Rebel fighters have swept through a number of villages in the region

Video: Al-Qa'ida holds family fun day in war torn Aleppo

In the battle to win hearts and minds in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, al-Qa’ida has found a new weapon: ice-cream.

Lebanon: Protesters gather in support of militant Ahmad al Assir

Large crowds poured into the streets in the troubled northern Lebanese city of Tripoli today in support of the radical Sunni sheikh Ahmad al Assir, whose followers fought fierce battles with the Lebanese army this week.

Lebanese army soldiers from military police unit, carry the coffin of Lebanese army Sergeant Abdul Karim Kabalan el-Teimy who was killed in a battle against Sunni gunmen, during his funeral procession, at Al-Faaour town, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Dozens dead as Syrian war spreads to Lebanese coastal city of Sidon

The sound of sniper fire echoing across the Lebanese city of Sidon grew quieter last night as the worst of two days of violence fuelled by the civil war in neighbouring Syria looked to be drawing to a close.

Demonstrators set up camp at Taksim Gezi park, Istanbul

Gezi Park protesters win a concession, but Erdogan insists they must still leave

Court will decide on future of project that was catalyst for unrest across Turkey

Video: Time lapse footage from Istanbul's Gezi Park

The Independent's Richard Hall captures images from Gezi Park in Istanbul where demonstrators have been protesting for nearly two weeks.

Anti-goverment protesters unfurl the Turkish national flag in Taksim

Turkey unrest: Tear gas is not enough. If I was in power I would have used guns against protesters in Taksim Square, say supporters of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Richard Hall meets supporters of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his Istanbul stronghold, Fatih

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask displays his wooden sword behind a barricade at Gezi Park in central Istanbul

Turkey protests: PM Erdogan issues 'final warning to troublemakers' as death toll rises to five and crowds prepare for clashes in Taksim Square

Demonstrators stockpiling face masks and goggles to protect against tear gas

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