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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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.

The Tube gets up steam to mark 150 years, and we all become trainspotters

The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world’s first Tube line appeared to bring out the train lover in everyone in the capital

Liam Fox

Former minister Liam Fox says gay marriage plans are divisive

Tory MP said move would please only 'a very small, if vocal, minority'

British holidaymaker Stephen Ashton pictured in Thailand in December

Man in court over shooting of British holidaymaker Stephen Ashton in Thailand

A Thai man accused of shooting dead a British holidaymaker during a New Year’s Eve party in Thailand appeared in court today.

'Small business Saturdays' to aid local stores

Britain should emulate the US by holding a "Small Business Saturday" to encourage people to shop in local independent stores, the shadow Business Secretary has said.

TUC boss warns of 'massive growth in under-employment'

The number of people taking low-paid, part-time jobs owing to a lack of full-time work is one of Britain's secret crises, the country's leading trade unionist has warned.

Explosive material was found at the Greenwich Village home Morgan Gliedman shared with her boyfriend

Doctor's daughter, nine months pregnant, is terrorist suspect

Morgan Gliedman lives in Manhattan's fashionable Greenwich Village and is nine-months pregnant with a child by her Harvard-educated partner. Few would have thought the 27-year-old daughter of a respected doctor could be an aspiring terrorist.

The Government’s first Surveillance Commissioner, Andrew Rennison, has said there's a worrying lack of regulation over how CCTV is used

From grainy CCTV to a positive ID: Recognising the benefits of surveillance

The technologies and methods used by the authorities to monitor us has never been  more advanced, as Rob Hastings found out

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.

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