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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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game