Victoria Richards

Victoria Richards is a freelance journalist currently working for The Independent online. She has previously worked for The Times and Sunday Times online and BBC News UK.

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Jeremy Corbyn catching a train at King's Cross last week

I used the women-only train carriages in Tokyo, for good reason – and I'd welcome them in the UK too

Instead of acting as though we live in a sexism-free utopia, perhaps we should implement this sensible strategy that will actually make women safer

Dreamliner 787 Heathrow fire may have been caused by short circuit

Nobody was on board the plane at the time of the incident

Research said that most “sharing economy” websites had failed due to lack of interest – because they failed to satisfy out cultural craving to possess objects

Airbnb reviews 'can't be trusted' – claims customer who was 'not allowed' to comment on 'grubby' apartment

Brian Le Vell cancelled his three-night stay in a flat in Madrid

Karan Kapoor revealed exactly how much he earns as an NHS consultant on Facebook

NHS consultant writes open letter to Jeremy Hunt to prove he's getting less than minimum wage for working weekends

Karan Kapoor is a newly-appointed NHS ENT Consultant in London

Moon and stars: Parkes's radio telescope was vital to the Apollo XI mission of 1969

Scientist warns the world to 'think twice before replying to alien signals from outer space'

Professor Matthew Bailes said 'the history of weak civilisations contacting more advanced civilisations is not a happy one'

Twitter temporarily blocked by Erdogan government as Turkey bans images of deadly suicide bombing in Suruc

32 people were killed in the attack in the Turkish town, which borders Syria

Italian gay movement members demonstrate in front of the Vatican last year

Italy violated human rights of gay couples by refusing marriage licences, court rules

It is the only major nation in Western Europe with no same-sex marriage or civil partnerships

Channel 4's Married at First Sight

Married At First Sight: Are we all doomed when it comes to finding ‘true love’?

If strangers have as much chance as the rest of us, perhaps there isn’t a ‘formula’ for romance

Laser eye surgery: What it's like to see in focus for the very first time

There's a moment of intense pressure, rather than pain. The most disconcerting thing was the slight smell of singed flesh - but it was over in seconds, when I could finally say goodbye to glasses and contacts

Magdalena Luczak, the mother of murdered four-year-old Daniel, has died at HMP Foston Hall Prison, the Ministry of Justice has said.

Magdelena Luczak: Mother of murdered four-year-old Daniel Pelka 'hanged herself', inquest hears

Luczak was found dead in her prison cell at HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire

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