Rob Hastings

Rob Hastings is Deputy News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010, and also writes travel articles, music reviews and features. In 2015 he shortlisted for the Washington Post’s Laurence Stern Fellowship for a series on reportage features from Iran.

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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.

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

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