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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Snus: It’s sparked a corruption row, forced an EU official to resign, and is dealt openly by a Swedish MEP

What's all the snus about? Swedish MEP dealing snuff in Brussels

The labyrinthine corridors of the European Parliament building in Brussels are hardly the obvious hangout for a brazen drug dealer to traffic his produce across international borders. Yet should you ever be in desperate need of an illicit fix of snus – a type of Swedish snuff tobacco which cannot be sold legally anywhere in the EU apart from in its home country – Christofer Fjellner's office is the place to go.

Women of the Year: Women celebrate a year to remember

Author P D James, anti-racism campaigner Doreen Lawrence and human rights activist Zainab Salbi celebrated together as they were named among winners of the Women of the Year awards.

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A Liverpool shirt is tied to the gates at Anfield in tribute to the Hillsborough victims after the truth about the tragedy finally emerges.

Hillsborough: IPCC will look into conduct of 1,444 police officers

The sheer scale of the investigation into a police cover-up of mistakes made during the Hillsborough disaster has become clear, with the names of 1,444 former and serving officers being passed to the official watchdog.

Bruce Springsteen performs during Hard Rock Calling at Hyde Park earlier this year

Future of Hyde Park concerts in doubt after Live Nation pulls out over 'flawed' bidding process

The future of concerts being held in Hyde Park is in doubt after the world’s largest live music reportedly pulled out of the bidding process over noise restrictions.

Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror fined £10,000 each after causing an attempted abduction trial against Milly Dowler's murderer Levi Bellfield to collapse

Two newspapers that caused a trial for attempted abduction against Milly Dowler’s murderer Levi Bellfield to collapse have been fined £10,000 each for contempt of court.

Armstrong and his fans aren't fussed about the revelations over his doping

Cycling: Lance Armstrong faithful ride for charity

The doping revelations surrounding Lance Armstrong must have been in the mind of every cyclist among the 4,000 lining up for his Livestrong charity's Ride for the Roses in Austin, Texas, yesterday.

eBay joins list of firms avoiding most tax - and doing it legally

The auction website eBay has become the latest major company to be accused of tax avoidance after an investigation found it had paid just £1.2m in corporation tax, despite British sales totalling nearly £800m.

Mr Bercow said publication of landlords' names

Speaker John Bercow reportedly attempts to block publication of MPs' expenses over security risk

Details of MPs' expenses payments which could show if they are renting taxpayer-funded homes to one another were at the centre of a political row last night after the Speaker of the House of Commons reportedly attempted to block their publication.

1. 'Bubble-jetting emperors', Ross Sea, Antarctica

In the deep: Antarctica's emperors make photographer's dream come true

In a wild underwater ballet of flippers and feathers, the moment these emperor penguins burst from the depths of Antarctica's Ross Sea was one that photographer Paul Nicklen says he will never forget. "Hundreds launched themselves out of the water and on to the ice above me," he said. "It was a moment that I felt incredibly fortunate to witness."

I may run for White House, says Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton has hinted that she may run for political office in the US while refusing to rule out a challenge for the presidency.

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Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

My George!

Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world