Cahal Milmo

Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.

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Beny Steinmetz made his fortune in diamond trading

Victory for press freedom as billionaire fails legal bid to force anti-bribery group to hand over ‘evidence’

Information Commissioner rejected request from Beny Steinmetz to reveal Global Witness' files

This image of detained Iraqis being guarded by a British soldier was shown at the The Al-Sweady Inquiry

Al Sweady inquiry Q&A: What happened on 14 May 2004?

Q: What happened on 14 May 2004?

The Al-Sweady Inquiry found that allegations of murder and torture against British soldiers were false

Al-Sweady inquiry: ‘Deliberate lies’ - the verdict on claims that British soldiers tortured Iraqi detainees

UK forces dogged by allegations about their conduct in the aftermath of the Battle of Danny Boy in 2004 are largely exonerated by inquiry

An passenger jet preparing to land at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex

London airports' PR blitz is 'subverting democracy'

Anti-expansion campaigners claim they are being drowned out

Like many asylum seekers, Ahmed Osman made his way across the Channel from Calais. File photo

Death of an asylum seeker: The tragic story of the Eritrean teenager killed just as he made it into Britain

Ahmed Osman was only 17 when he died under the lorry he rode in on

Ami Denborg, Anni’s sister, accompanied by her brother and father, outside Western Cape High Court

Shrien Dewani acquitted: Anni Dewani’s family vow to fight on as South African court throws out murder case against Shrien

‘We came here looking for answers and all we got were more questions’

Google's unprecedented initiative has alarmed child safety campaigners

Fears for children as Google targets under-13s

Internet giant’s unprecedented initiative alarms child safety campaigners

WW1 reenactor Paul Thompson, dressed in the uniform of a First World War General amongst the Shot at Dawn memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, reads a letter written by General Walter Congreve VC to his wife during the First World War explaining the Christmas Truce of 1914

General Sir Walter Congreve’s letter confirms Christmas Day truce of 1914

Officer declined an offer to join in for fear of being shot

Lt Col John Henry Patterson

John Henry Patterson, the 'godfather of the Israeli army', reinterred near Tel Aviv

Anglo-Irish adventurer led the first Jewish fighting force in two millennia

A publicity image for an upcoming Christmas special episode of 'I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue'

BBC forced to investigate fictitious Radio 4 show's scorer Samantha for sexism

Character has been the butt of sexual innuendos for 40 years

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there