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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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.

PM expresses 'sympathy' for former SAS soldier imprisoned for firearm possession

A former SAS soldier sent to prison for possessing a gun and ammunition given to him as a present by Iraqi forces has said he has lost faith in the military justice system, and holds little hope in his appeal succeeding.

The 20-year-old was engaged to Emma Hickman, 19, who was pregnant with their child

Dead soldier’s fiancée wins right to paternity test

A teenage mother has won the right to have her dead fiancé's DNA tested to prove that he fathered their child before he was killed on military service in Afghanistan.

A bulldog, under the Dangerous Dogs Act only pitt bull terriers, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argetino and Fila Brasileiro are banned in the UK

Royal Mail: our bite will be worse than their bark

Owners of dogs that attack postal workers delivering mail could face much heavier punishments after a report called for tougher legislation.

Leveson sets the date for media report

The Prime Minister will outline the future of press regulation in Britain next week after the Leveson report into media ethics is finally published next Thursday.

“Head of an Old Man”

Picture of the Day: The great wall from China

Its simple name – "Head of an Old Man" – offers no hint of the scale or the mood of doom that so define this painting by Zeng Fanzhi, seen here standing in front of his epic work as his first solo British exhibition opens at the Gagosian Gallery in London, running until 19 January.

Open verdict on Hurd's daughter-in-law

An open verdict has been recorded on the death of Lord Hurd's daughter-in-law, who died after plunging from the top of her four-storey New York house last year, after a coroner ruled he could not know for sure if she jumped or fell accidentally.

'Violent thugs' hurl rocks and tomatoes at Conservative MP Mike Weatherley ahead of squatting debate in Brighton

A Conservative MP and his entourage have been attacked at Sussex University by protesters angry about the illegalisation of squatting.

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

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Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
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Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
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The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
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The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
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Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
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Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
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Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

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