Rob Williams

Rob Williams was Production Editor (Web/Apps) at The Independent. He was also a Senior Online Reporter. He worked for The Independent from June 2008 until April 2015. He is now a journalist on the Manchester Evening News.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting the Hydro-meteorological Service in Pyongyang, North Korea

Kim Jong-un gets angry at weather forecasters for getting their predictions wrong

The truculent tyrant issued 'field guidance' to staff at North Korea's national hydro-meteorological service this week

British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedy abducted 03 May 2007 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family in the Algarve

Madeleine McCann police bring in sniffer dogs to search new area near Praia da Luz

The area of land, which is just outside the resort of Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, was taped off at first light this morning

Oxfam 'perfect storm' poster attacked as 'shameful' by Conservative politicians

A message above the image said: “Lifting the lid on austerity Britain reveals a perfect storm - and it’s forcing more and more people into poverty.”

Not suitable? David Beckham in business mode as he announces his plans in February

David Beckham bid for Major League Soccer team suffers another setback after plans for waterfront stadium in Miami are rejected

The former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid star, has travelled to Miami frequently in recent months in an attempted to launch a club

Punter places 'largest political bet ever' with £400,000 wager on Scotland voting No

At odds of 1/4 the unnamed man stands to make a profit of £100,000

UK weather: Britain could be in for the hottest summer ever... but don't break out the sun cream just yet

Met Office 30-day forecast gives one-in-four chance Britain could experience one of the hottest summers ever

William Hague and Angelina Jolie attend sexual violence in war summit in London

Foreign secretary described sexual violence in conflict zones as "one of the great mass crimes of the 20th century and the 21st century"

Gareth Huntley went missing last Tuesday while trekking to a jungle waterfall on Tioman Island

Gareth Huntley: British backpacker wasn't murdered and didn't have his throat slit, say police

Police investigating the death of a British backpacker in Malaysia have denied reports that he was involved in a fight shortly before he went missing in the jungle, and that his throat had been cut.

Qatar World Cup 2022 corruption allegations: Hyundai becomes latest major sponsor to turn up the heat on Fifa over newspaper claims

Five of the six Fifa 'partner' sponsors have now expressed concerns over allegations made in the Sunday Times

Susan Edwards, 56, and Christopher Edwards, 57, are alleged to have murdered the couple in 1998

Elderly couple 'shot and buried by daughter and son-in-law' who 'tricked relatives into believing they were alive for 15 years', court hears

William Wycherley, 85, and his wife Patricia were both shot twice with a revolver at their home over a bank holiday weekend in May 1998

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