Tom Mendelsohn

Tom Mendelsohn is The Independent's online student editor. It's a cliché, but he truly does believe that children are our future.

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Dippy the Diplodocus's very existence is a malicious lie: the fossil is a cast

There hasn’t been such a blossoming of shared national pain since Crème Egg-gate

A protester holds an Ukranian national flag from a burned building during a face-off against police in Kiev in February

Ukraine peace talks in Belarus called off at the eleventh hour

Talks had been aimed at beefing up flimsy ceasefire

US drone strikes kill seven suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan

Separate operation sees alleged mastermind of Peshawar school attack killed

Two women drivers to be tried before Saudi terrorism court

Activists are said to be in extra trouble for their online positings

1,000 stolen cats are rescued in China

Online pet owners manage to stop thieves before they sold the kidnapped kitties

Vladimir Putin keeps vodka cheap as Russian economic crisis deepens

Russian president moves to protect most precious resource

Christmas on the International Space Station: Astronauts tweet festive cheer

We wonder how they're cooking their turkey though

The leaked document makes clear that Labour is concerned it could lose votes to Nigel Farage’s Ukip party

Nigel Farage is the party leader Londoners want to spend New Year with the least

Ukip leader was voted the the host with the least in a new YouGov poll

Ed Miliband has begun to believe he could be prime minster next May

Crisis at Worcestershire Council as cardboard cut-out of Ed Miliband is kidnapped

Council's Labour leader "not prepared to negotiate with hostage takers"

Jack Sweeney, left, and wife Lorraine Sweeney with their granddaughter, Erin McQuade

Glasgow bin lorry crash: Catholic bishop wept with bereaved family on the night of the accident

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said the family were silent "before the abyss of their loss"

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Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable