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.
05 December 2012 07:29 PM
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”.
05 December 2012 06:30 PM
Passenger fury as just two centimetres cancels flights at Stansted and Luton
03 December 2012 12:00 AM
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.
27 November 2012 11:55 PM
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.
27 November 2012 01:00 AM
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.
22 November 2012 11:50 PM
Owners of dogs that attack postal workers delivering mail could face much heavier punishments after a report called for tougher legislation.
22 November 2012 11:50 PM
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.
17 November 2012 12:00 AM
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.
15 November 2012 12:00 AM
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
14 November 2012 06:33 PM
A Conservative MP and his entourage have been attacked at Sussex University by protesters angry about the illegalisation of squatting.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27