Rob Williams

Rob Williams is Production Editor (Web/Apps) at The Independent. He was formerly Senior Online Reporter. He has worked for The Independent since 2008.

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Clayton Lockett, 38, who was sentenced to death for shooting a 19-year-old woman and then watching his friends bury her alive, was administered a sedative and declared unconscious by a doctor in accordance with prison execution protocol.

Death row inmate Clayton Lockett died after writhing in agony for 40 minutes in botched execution that lawyer described as 'torture'

Inmate declared unconscious began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow

Riot police stand guard in front of the regional administration building in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine

Ukraine Crisis: Pro-Russia activists seize Luhansk headquarters

Activists shouting 'Referendum Russia' flew a Russian flag over the building after a number of men armed with metal bars smashed their way in

A pro-Russian activist walks in front of Ukrainian riot police during a rally in Donetsk

Ukraine crisis: Russia condemns US 'Iron Curtain' sanctions and says EU is 'under Washington's thumb'

The European Union today released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis

Man stopped by police for using FaceTime video chat while driving

The driver was stopped as part of Surrey Police's Operation Tramline

The hotelier was reported missing on Friday night

Wealthy hotelier Oliver Gobat feared dead after body is found inside burnt-out car

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the reports and was urgently investigating

Sasha, a four-year-old yellow Labrador, will be honoured with the PDSA's Dickin Medal - the animal kingdom's highest military award.

Army sniffer dog killed in Afghanistan is awarded animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross

The dog is credited with saving the lives of scores of soldiers and local civilians after sniffing out Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

The huge multinational aerial search operation attempting to locate missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been called off as authorities expanded the underwater search to include a vast swath of ocean floor that may take at least eight months to thoroughly examine.

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Huge international aerial search operation ends as authorities expand underwater search effort

Despite a massive international search effort not a single piece of debris from the flight has been found

A US flag sticks out the window of a damaged hot rod car in a suburban area after a tornado near Vilonia, Arkansas

Death toll rises as tornadoes and violent thunderstorms carve path through southern US

Tornadoes overturned cars, brought down power lines and flattened buildings in a second night of terrifying devastation

North Korea conducts live-fire drills along disputed inter-Korean western maritime border

The drills immediately invited a stern rebuke from South Korea who warned that they would 'respond with counter fire'

Cinecittà studios: Google Doodle marks 77th anniversary of 'The Dream Factory'

The sprawling Cinecittà film studio in Rome is perhaps most famous for its association with the flamboyant director Federico Fellini

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn