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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Two men killed in Birmingham city centre stabbing

Two men were stabbed to death in a busy shopping area of Birmingham city centre just before 6pm last night.

Snow is expected to fall across the country this weekend as plummeting temperatures usher in a cold snap

Snow expected to fall across Britain as cold snap arrives

Snow is expected to fall across the country this weekend as plummeting temperatures usher in a cold snap.

Fifth night of flag rioting hits Belfast

Belfast was hit by a fifth night of rioting yesterday following protests over a decision by councillors to limit the days the union flag flies over city hall.

President vows to bring in new gun controls

As well as action to avoid the fiscal cliff, Barack Obama used his appearance on NBC's Meet The Press yesterday to stress the urgency of passing gun control measures next year.

MoD payouts to tortured Iraqis come to £14m

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has paid millions of pounds in compensation to Iraqis who claimed to have been illegally detained and tortured by British forces during the Iraq War, it has been revealed.

'Gangnam Style' death prompts warning to middle-aged men not to attempt the vigorous dance

The death of a father-of-three who collapsed while dancing to Gangnam Style has prompted a warning to middle-aged men not to attempt the vigorous dance from the hit video.

Puppies ‘kept in buckets’ by traders arrested for internet dog trafficking

More than 80 puppies have been seized by police during an investigation into dog trafficking and the alleged sale of dogs on the internet.

More than 80 puppies seized by police investigating dog trafficking after being found in “shocking” conditions

More than 80 puppies have been seized by police during an investigation into dog trafficking and the alleged sale of dogs on the internet.

Cameron may duck TV election debates

David Cameron may not take part in televised debates of party leaders in the run-up to the next general election, it was reported last night.

Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant and suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia, died in hospital after being refused an abortion

U-turn for Irish health chiefs as senior consultants are axed from team leading probe into death of Savita Halappanavar

An inquiry into the death of an Indian woman who was refused a potentially life-saving abortion by an Irish hospital has been thrown into disarray, after health chiefs were forced into a u-turn over its terms.

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