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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Pipe bomb found near Armagh police station

Elderly residents were evacuated from their homes in a village in Northern Ireland today after a viable pipe bomb was found near a police station.

The 24-year-old Tottenham singer’s album, 21, has now sold in excess of 4,562,000 copies in Britain according to the Official Charts Company, moving ahead of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? released by Oasis in 1995.

Adele's '21' becomes fourth biggest-selling album of all time...and jumps ahead of Oasis

Noel Gallagher claimed she wouldn’t last and said he felt sorry for her.

Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, with Rupert’s sister Janet Calvert-Jones

Rupert Murdoch tells of ‘good smacking’ at mother’s funeral

Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendy Deng, walked past rows of mourners at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne for the funeral of the media mogul’s late mother, Dame Elisabeth, yesterday.

Mr Mitchell resigned in October with his career in tatters after contradicting an official police account of a tirade he launched against a police officer, who had refused to allow him to exit the main gates of Downing Street on his bicycle.

Police officer is arrested over leak of 'pleb' log

An officer has been arrested for allegedly leaking the police log describing the "plebgate" affair which led to the resignation of the Government's chief whip, Andrew Mitchell.

Bogus jobs and sex links listed on job site

The Government's new job search website – already hit by claims it leaves users vulnerable to hackers – has seen thousands of fake roles and links to pornographic websites posted online.

Environment Secretary Paterson backs GM crops

Fear and suspicion about genetically modified food amongst the public is "complete nonsense" and the result of "humbugs" with misplaced preconceptions, the Environment Secretary has claimed.

Pregnant Kate leaves hospital, feeling 'better'

The Duchess of Cambridge left hospital today saying she felt "much better" after suffering from severe morning sickness. Managing a brief smile as she was greeted by press photographers, who had been waiting outside the King Edward hospital in central London following the news on Monday that she was pregnant, the Duchess was driven to Kensington Palace.

Gove urged to rethink ‘unrealistic’ EBaccs plan

Michael Gove has been urged to rethink his plan to replace GCSEs with the English baccalaureate amid concerns that his aims for the new qualification may not be “realistically achievable”.

Stranded motorists on the A169 high up on the North York Moors near Goathland, North Yorkshire as snow fell across the UK

South's first snowfall brings transport to a standstill

Passenger fury as just two centimetres cancels flights at Stansted and Luton

UN chief attacks new West Bank settlement plan

Israeli plans to build 3,000 homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank risk "an almost fatal blow" to peace, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned last night.

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