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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SimCity: The greenest ever Sims is here

The cult urban planning strategy game is back after ten years and could be the most environmentally friendly game ever

Derek Rose (left), the former fiance of Tamara Ecclestone (right), has been found guilty of blackmailing her

'Cynical and vicious': Tamara Ecclestone's ex gets four years for blackmail

A former boyfriend of Tamara Ecclestone has been sentenced to four years in prison for an "audacious" attempt to blackmail her for £200,000.

Tony Blair on going to war: 'The consequences are difficult and the choice is ugly'

Tony Blair admits Iraq still faces 'long, hard struggle'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that life in Iraq is still not what he hoped 10 years after the UK joined a US-led invasion of the country.

WSDU news anchor LaTonya Norton speaks to little known Mo Farah

US newsreader asks Mo Farah: 'Haven't you run before...?'

Mo Farah has been asked many questions by journalists since rising to fame by winning two gold medals at the London Olympics in the 5,000m and 10,000m. But none will have been as ill-researched as those posed by LaTonya Norton of New Orleans station WDSU.

Litvinenko died in November 2006 after he was poisoned with polonium-210 while drinking tea at a meeting

Independent challenges secrecy at inquest into death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko

A state order to withhold sensitive evidence from the inquest into Alexander Litvinenko’s death on national security grounds will be challenged by media organisations including The Independent tomorrow.

Lobbyists' demands were 'copied into law by MEPs'

Sensitive personal information risks being left vulnerable to hoarding and misuse by banks, retailers and insurance companies due to three British MEPs accused of directly inserting major firms’ suggestions into EU laws, according to privacy campaigners warning of the most intense lobbying effort ever seen in the European Parliament.

Minister was wrong to say obese children come from poorer homes

Children from middle-class families are generally fatter than their poorer counterparts, according to new research.

Five members of British family on pilgrimage to Mecca killed in Saudi Arabia car crash

Five members of a British family on pilgrimage to Mecca have been killed in a car crash in Saudi Arabia – with a one-year-old boy the only survivor.

Reporter Rob Hastings watches the excavated ‘muck’ begin its journey down the conveyor belt

Is this the world’s most boring job? A day with the workers digging the tunnels for Crossrail

Rob Hastings discovers that spending a day on a cutting-edge Crossrail tunnel boring machine 30m below Hyde Park is anything but dull

The world’s most boring job: Digging tunnels for Crossrail

Rob Hastings discovers that spending a day on a cutting-edge Crossrail tunnel boring machine 30m below Hyde Park is anything but dull

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