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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Sperm donors may seek contact with their children, court rules

Sperm donors can apply for contact with their biological children if they know the person who they donated to, a court has ruled.

Sir David (above) said Professor Brian Cox was the man 'to carry the torch'

And so the older male makes way for a younger rival... David Attenborough reveals his choice of successor: Professor Brian Cox

After six decades of bringing the wonders of the natural world to television audiences, Sir David Attenborough has finally anointed a successor.

S&P 500 closes above 1,500 for first time in 5 years

The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index finished above 1,500 today for the first time since the 2007 Great Recession, in yet another sign that the US economy is on the mend.

Ex-soldiers jailed for arms smuggling

Four former soldiers who tried to smuggle guns, ammunition and drugs into the country have been jailed.

If Syria's rebels can't take The Fortress, how can they take the capital?

Scattered throughout the rebel-held north are military installations that government forces have managed to defend, and from which they can launch attacks

British broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with one offence of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault

Stuart Hall charged with rape

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall has been arrested and charged with rape and 14 counts of indecent assault that took place more than 30 years ago.

Councillor Danny Healy-Rae argued that that current laws regulating drink-driving were forcing an older generation to stay home

Irish council votes to relax drink-driving laws

Councillors in rural Ireland have come up with a novel way of tackling the problem of drink driving – by making it legal. The plans backed by Kerry county council, in south-west Ireland, would allow police to issue permits that give permission for some people to have “two or three” alcoholic drinks and still drive.

Two-thirds of children who died of abuse in 2012 'could have been saved'

Campaigners accuse Government of failing to protect the rights of children

Most child abuse deaths last year were 'avoidable'

Nearly two-thirds of children who died as a result of abuse last year could have been saved, a damning report has claimed.

Journalist and presenter Robert Kee dies

The broadcaster and writer Robert Kee, whose television career spanned four decades, has died aged 93.

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End of the Aussie brain drain

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Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
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The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

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