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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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

Postcard from... Hamadan

The small tomb of Esther and Mordechai doesn’t get many Jewish pilgrims these days.

Bulgarian Deyan Valentinov Deyanov during his trial in Tenerife last year

Jennifer Mills-Westley murder: Man who beheaded grandmother ‘wrongly released from care unit’

Deyan Deyanov was diagnosed with ‘feigning illness’ partly due to ‘prejudiced views'

The illuminate skyline of Doha

Investment in tomorrow helps Qatar try to improve its reputation

Royal admits to Doha's 'mistakes' over rights for migrant workers, but hopes creative education conference shows a different side to Qatar

Ann Cotton founded Camfed International in 1993

Honour for Ann Cotton, the British teacher who educated a million African girls

She was named as this year’s Wise Prize laureate at a ceremony in Qatar

Anger in Tehran on 16 June 2009 at the presidential election which critics say was unfairly won by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Fighting for freedom in Iran in the privacy of their own homes

Nothing much has changed since the protests in 2009 despite President Rouhani’s pledges. Young and old are surprisingly open to quietly revealing their frustrations with theocratic rule, even to a Westerner

Getting by: mobile phones are advertised on the streets of Iran

Traders and customers in Iran find a way around UN sanctions as deadline for nuclear agreement draws closer

Those who can turn to connections across the Persian Gulf in an attempt to circumvent the restrictions

Postcard from... Tehran

It’s 4am in Tehran and I can’t sleep, having flown in just 90 minutes ago. Turning on the light in my hotel room, I open the pages of Shah of Shahs. Fittingly, it’s an account of a journalist sitting in a Tehran hotel room in the middle of the night. Unlike Ryszard Kapuscinski’s experience in 1979, however, there is no revolution outside my window.

A heurige wine tavern

Vienna's Neubau district: Venture out into Seventh heaven

An outlying district of the Austrian capital has drawn comparisons to Berlin's edgier neighbourhoods, says Rob Hastings

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015