Richard Hall is The Independent’s Assistant Foreign Editor. He was formerly Middle East Editor of The Daily Star, Beirut.
13 June 2013 11:03 AM
The soothing sound of a grand piano drifted across Taksim Square last night, bringing a welcome calm a day after violence rocked the area.
12 June 2013 01:14 AM
Turks demonstrating in Istanbul tell Richard Hall that the brutal police tactics expose a dictatorship at work
11 June 2013 05:14 PM
Demonstrators stockpiling face masks and goggles to protect against tear gas, and rebuilding barricades that have been destroyed
05 June 2013 05:26 PM
The Syrian city of Qusayr has seen fierce fighting during the past three weeks as government troops, supported by Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, have sought to take it back from the rebel control.
31 May 2013 04:42 PM
They share the same aim - the removal of Assad from power - but they are not the same
27 May 2013 08:25 PM
US Senator John McCain crossed the border into Syria for talks with rebel commanders, becoming the highest-level American official to enter the country since the civil war began more than two years ago.
08 May 2013 05:52 PM
They can write about what they want from wherever they want, not needing to know much about their chosen topic so long as they write well - this time it's Syria
06 May 2013 07:55 PM
UN officials insist inquiry 'has not reached conclusive findings'
24 April 2013 07:45 PM
A group of men from the Kurdish community in religiously conservative Iran have found a novel way of supporting women's rights: cross-dressing.
Bahrain Grand Prix motors on as Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says: 'What human rights? – I don't know what they are'
21 April 2013 08:02 PM
A heavy police presence on the streets of Bahrain ensured that pro-democracy protests did not disrupt the country’s controversial Grand Prix today – which activists had argued should not have taken place due to widespread human rights abuses by the ruling monarchy.
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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- 2 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help