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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Rita Lomas (left) and Jane Smith, were two members of the nine-strong gang which set up and promoted a £21m get-rich-quick pyramid scheme in Somerset

Pyramid scheme queens and a con that fools 500,000 every year

A get-rich-quick fraud perpetrated by a group of nine women saw their victims cheated out of £21m

The funds will be targeted at the promotion of shared education for Protestant and Catholic children

Secretive ex-billionaire Chuck Feeney gives away the last of his fortune to educate Northern Irish children

The grants are among the last that will be made by Atlantic Philanthropies

From left to right: Mata Hari, Christine Granville, Anna Chapman

Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve

Declassified records show how Marie Christine Chilver spent the war

The Crown Prosecution Service was able to recover assets from Dubai

Treasure hunt: clawing back overseas loot of the UK’s crime lords

The Crown Prosecution Service has intensified its efforts to seize the cash squirrelled away abroad by Britain’s Mr Bigs, with 84 cases currently being pursued

Harry Lopes, left, is married to the daughter of Camilla Parker Bowles

Campaigners lobby Duchess of Cornwall to persuade her son-in-law to cease Knebworth solar farm

Opponents of the 40-acre renewable energy project in rural Hertfordshire claim that the solar panels will scar the landscape

Alison Deighton's attempts to bring an ecotourism project to the commune of Nardo have now attracted national attention in Italy

The Treasury minister’s wife and the green resort in Puglia strangled by Italian red tape

Lady Deighton’s £56m plan for Puglian village held up for five years

Metal pilfering from the railways reached its zenith in 2011, resulting in more 365,000 minutes of delay

Rail delays caused by metal thieves slashed by successful new laws

The epidemic of cable theft which resulted in thousands of hours of delays for rail passengers in recent years has reduced drastically thanks to a change in the law, according to the industry.

Ghimire Gundev (left) and Krishna Upadhyaya vanished on Sunday afternoon

Qatar confirms detention of two British World Cup human rights investigators

The Gulf state says its 'security authorities' arrested Ghimire Gundev (left,above) and Krishna Upadhyaya on unspecified charges

Ghimire Gundev (left) and Krishna Upadhyaya vanished on Sunday afternoon

British human rights investigators disappear in Qatar, after being followed by plain clothes police

Two men vanished on Sunday afternoon following increasingly frantic texts to colleagues

Lord Lawson, chairman of Global Warming Policy Foundation

Multi-millionaire backers of climate change denial think-tank revealed

Banker Neil Record and Conservative peer Lord Nigel Vinson fund Global Warming Policy Foundation

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