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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Nina Siegenthaler: She fell in love with Stewart, believing he would invest her savings in a Swiss fund

Penniless con artist spun tale of being rich to seduce woman out of £600,000

Man ‘struck lucky’ while online from his bedsit, concocting a story of life in the international jet-set

David Petraeus quits as head of the CIA after extra-marital affair

Most decorated soldier of his generation admits ‘poor judgement’ in tendering his resignation to the President

'A true gentleman': Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey who played Jack Duckworth dies aged 71

Bill Tarmey, who played the role of Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street for more than 30 years, has died aged 71.

David Cameron's doctor investigated

A former consultant who delivered David Cameron's youngest daughter is being investigated over the treatment he provided to more than 1,500 female patients in Cornwall.

Tory politician at centre of children's homes abuse claims

A former senior Conservative politician has been accused of abusing young boys during the 1970s, in allegations linked to widespread abuse in children's homes in North Wales.

Killer jailed for 'chilling' child murder

A man has been jailed for a minimum of 17 years for the "chilling" murder of a two-year-old boy.

Shouting at the PM earns 100 hours of community service

A man who interrupted a speech by David Cameron in a protest over public sector spending cuts has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service.

Kim Whitton, left, and Patricia Putt took part in the scientific test at Goldsmiths, University of London

They didn't see that coming: Psychics fail scientific test

Two mediums who claimed to have psychic powers were unable to demonstrate their ability under laboratory conditions.

Tony Blair is thought to have long coveted a senior role in European politics and failed to secure the EU presidency in 2009

Tony Blair urges EU to elect a president (so who could be in contention?)

Former PM puts case for job he is said to have wanted in the past

The Occupy protest camp at St Paul’s Cathedral

Top Bank of England director admits Occupy movement had a point

Andrew Haldane praises ‘loud and persuasive’ protesters who succeeded because ‘they are right’

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific