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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European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veils

24-year-old French woman argued that the ban on wearing the veil in public violated her freedom of religion and expression

New York woman survives being run over by three trains after falling onto subway tracks

Mary Downey, an Irish woman from Woodlawn in the Bronx, fell onto the tracks at the W. 49th Street station in Manhattan

Four men arrested over savage gang rape of teenage girl at secluded nature spot in Slough

Man hospitalised after firing crossbow into his head during police pursuit

Police said the man discharged the crossbow which caused him to suffer a serious head injury

Ostriches bury their heads in the sand. It counts as a political myth because it is a standard parliamentary metaphor. But they don't.

French zookeeper battered ostrich to death with shovel and attempted to blame pony for attack

The zookeeper in La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France, was subsequently convicted of animal cruelty

Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian forces launch full-scale attack on pro-Russian separatists as ceasefire ends

Both sides have accused the other of violating the truce which only partially paused the fighting

Commuters prepare to travel on the District Line of the London Underground during strike action on 30 April 30, 2014

Tube strike: London braces for Tour de France disruption as power workers prepare for eight-day walkout

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Unite are due to walk out from 8pm this evening

Benjamin Netanyahu said the teenagers were 'were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by human animals'

Israeli missing teenagers: Hamas warns 'gates of hell will open' as Israel bombs Gaza strip

Netanyahu says trio 'were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by human animals'

Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole (left), Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders (centre) and Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey who all died in the accident

One of three airmen killed in RAF Tornado collision had 'fear of flying' and had 'reached crisis point' just months before accident

The weapon systems operator who was in the rear seat of one of the Tornados, with a student pilot, had a fear of flying at medium level

The 15-year-old boy, who has not been named, was part of a group visiting the Lillaz waterfalls near Cogne

British schoolboy Elliot Peacock killed in Italian alps waterfall canyoning accident

The 15-year-old boy, who has not been named, was part of a group visiting the Lillaz waterfalls near Cogne

Four men arrested over savage gang rape of teenage girl at secluded nature spot in Slough

The men - aged 19, 20, and two aged 33 - were held last night in connection with the rape, which took place in woods near the Jubilee River on Friday

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150 years after it was outlawed...

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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
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