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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Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett: His wonky misfit heroes were a blessing for a certain kind of wordy pre-teen, like me

There was an endless pleasure in reading his new books

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"

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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders