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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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Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, a former Primark worker from Portsmouth, was reportedly killed while fighting in the troubled country after being recruited by the terror group ISIS.

British 'Primark jihadist' from Portsmouth is killed while fighting with Isis in Syria

Mr Rahman, who became known as the Primark Jihadist, was killed during a firefight with supporters of President Assad

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds who has resigned from the Government and will stand down as MP for Boston and Skegness at next year's General Election

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds resigns in new blow to department after Baroness Warsi exit over policy on Gaza

Mr Simmonds, who is the MP for Boston and Skegness, said the decision was agreed 'some weeks ago'

Perseid Meteor Shower 2014: Google Doodle honours one of the great celestial light shows

The annual Perseid meteor shower is known as the 'fireball champion' of meteor showers

Police hunting for a stolen Holy Grail relic used twelve officers and a dog handler to search pub in Herefordshire - but found only a salad bowl

West Mercia police shocked drinkers in the Crown Inn, Lea, in Herefordshire, by entering the premises and searching for the ancient Nanteos Cup,

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden granted permission to remain in Russia for further three years as Putin bites back over tightened Ukraine sanctions

The decision came as Russia announced it was imposing a "full embargo" on food imports from the EU, US and other Western countries

A Palestinian girl carries a toy she retrieved from their home, after the ground invasion of the Israeli army to the city of Rafah, during the granted 72 hours humanitarian truce mediated by Egyptian between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to stop the war.

In pictures: The children of Gaza

The UN has said Israel’s nearly month-long offensive against Hamas has had a 'catastrophic and tragic impact' on children in the area.

An electron micrograph of the Ebola virus

Amina Agboola murder: Man who kicked toddler to death because she soiled herself is jailed for 17 years

The force of the blow was so severe that it tore her liver in two

Ed Balls had confirmed he will not fight prosecution for failing to stop after driving into another car

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls escapes driving ban over bump and run

Mr Balls, who crashed into the bumper of another car at the Labour Unity Club, in Morley in April, was ordered to pay more than £1,000 in fines

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning admits string of sex offences

He pleaded not guilty to 12 further charges and will stand trial on November 24 on those counts

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

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Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

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