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.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'