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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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

Postcard from... Hamadan

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

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Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
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So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders