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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MPs call for Government to consider ending use of Cloud amid concerns that US authorities can access information

Warning comes during a Whitehall drive for government departments to store their electronic information externally with private companies

Apple founder Steve Jobs unveiling the iCloud in 2011

British internet users' personal information on major 'cloud' storage services can be spied upon routinely by US authorities

All personal information stored by British internet users on major "cloud" computing services including Google Drive can be spied upon routinely without their knowledge by US authorities under newly-approved legislation, it can be disclosed.

Full of life: Lindy Jones with her dog, Scrappy

Motor neurone disease: 'I try to live from week to week'

To Rob Hastings, she was an inspiring and energetic English teacher. Now, Lindy Jones has motor neurone disease – and has devoted her talents to a moving and funny memoir

An ill-timed tour of Syria: Amid the ancient sites, an uprising takes root

It was the morning after the UN voted to bomb Colonel Gaddafi out of Libya that I made my way to Gatwick Airport. Hosni Mubarak had fallen as Egypt's leader just a month before. Tunisia had been swept up in revolution, Yemen's Day of Rage was turning into weeks of bloodshed, and even little Bahrain was stirring with protest.

Prince Harry races from the VHR (very high readiness) tent to scramble his Apache with fellow Pilots

Prince Harry: 'Take a life to save a life. That’s what we revolve around, I suppose'

Although it is widely known that Prince Harry has been on active service in Afghanistan, for many it has nevertheless been hard to imagine the Prince actually killing people - until now

Kenneth Whiteside's brother, Bob, found out about his death via the Internet

Brother of Scottish gas worker killed during Algerian hostage crisis found out about his sibling's death on Facebook

Families of British gas workers killed in the Algerian hostage crisis have criticised the UK authorities for not providing them with enough information about their loved ones - with one man revealing he found out about his brother’s death via a co-worker online.

Andrew Marr missed his eponymous breakfast show yesterday as he continued his convalescence from a stroke he suffered last week

Convalescing Marr misses his breakfast show

Andrew Marr missed his eponymous breakfast show this morning as he continued his convalescence from a stroke he suffered last week, with Ed Miliband wishing him a speedy recovery during a programme hosted by stand-in presenter James Landale.

The Tube gets up steam to mark 150 years, and we all become trainspotters

The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world’s first Tube line appeared to bring out the train lover in everyone in the capital

Liam Fox

Former minister Liam Fox says gay marriage plans are divisive

Tory MP said move would please only 'a very small, if vocal, minority'

British holidaymaker Stephen Ashton pictured in Thailand in December

Man in court over shooting of British holidaymaker Stephen Ashton in Thailand

A Thai man accused of shooting dead a British holidaymaker during a New Year’s Eve party in Thailand appeared in court today.

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
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Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
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'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
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