Rob Hastings

Rob Hastings is Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010. While working as a freelance reporter and feature writer he was also published by The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times.

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Will Butler onstage with Arcade Fire

Will Butler, The Scala, gig review: Anyone who bought tickets expecting his brother won’t have been disappointed

To say he looks liberated on stage here would be wrong – it’s not as if he’s static and inhibited during Arcade Fire gigs

Girls in Abyaneh

Holidays in Iran? Those with an adventurous spirit are in luck

Improving relations between the republic and the West could open its treasures to tourists once again. Rob Hastings gets a taste of what to expect

Iranians celebrate in northern Tehran following the announcement of Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers

Iranians greet nuclear deal with guarded optimism

The Iranians and Americans already appear to be disputing what terms they have actually agreed to, says one expert

Pennie Davis was stabbed to death in the New Forest

Man admits to robbing rich people but denies involvement in murder of mother of five

‘Theft I love it, drugs I love it, murder I hate it’

Ms Pereiro Mendez, an executive director in distressed investing at Goldman who is now pregnant with her second child, is seeking damages from the investment bank for allegedly suffering repeated sex discrimination over the past five years

Banker sues Goldman Sachs claiming she was ‘victimised for getting pregnant’

Sonia Pereiro Mendez was said to have been 'publicly mocked' for being a woman – a situation that worsened after she revealed she was expecting a baby

Stowford Manor

Stowford Manor, Devon: A retreat that rises to the challenge

Dramatically made over for a BBC programme, this little mansion offers both comfort and style, says Rob Hastings

Ennio Morricone at the O2 arena with the Czech National Symphony
Fiji's leader criticised the UK for refusing to help victims of British nuclear testing.

Atomic test veterans receive payout from Fiji

Fijian Prime Minister: "We are righting a wrong"

Victims claimed in an open letter to Home Secretary Theresa May that the inquiry as it stands is “not fit for purpose”

Westminster 'VIP paedophile ring' inquiry in crisis as child sex abuse victims slam Theresa May

Victims of alleged sex abuse wrote to Theresa May demanding a wider remit and new panel members

Nappies could have advice on them to encourage mothers and fathers to talk to their babies more often

Nappies could contain messages to get parents talking to babies

Talking to babies can improve their language and vocabulary skills

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk