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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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

The Apple iCloud logo. The iCloud is just one of a number of similar online web storage services provided by prominent digital developers

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.

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

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'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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