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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A family tree on the walls of the Castello di Nipozzano in Tuscany. Historic records now online reveal the criminal past of hundreds of thousands of Britons

Release of archived criminal records allows you to check for a 'black sheep' in your family tree

The digitisation of 1.9 million documents is a boon to amateur genealogists

John Lennon and Yoko Ono leave Marylebone Magistrates' Court in London in 1968. The couple were appearing on charges of drug possession

John Lennon: The Beatle's great uncle revealed as a prolific criminal in newly-released records

William Lennon stole coats and trousers, before counterfeiting coins

Rwanda Intelligence chief Karenzi Karake is appearing at Westminister Magistrates Court in connection with alleged war crimes

Karenzi Karake: Rwandan spy chief arrested on suspicion of orchestrating massacres is released on bail

At an extraordinary court hearing a judge ordered that the African country pay a £1m security to secure his release from a high-security prison

A migrant sits under the trailer of a lorry

Calais crisis: Migrants striving to reach England grateful for 'traffic jam sent from heaven'

A 'dougar' has long been migrants' best chance to cross the Channel

General Karenzi Karake is the head of Rwanda’s intelligence service

Karenzi Karake: Rwandan spy chief arrested in London is implicated in killings of two Britons

Exclusive: General is accused of orchestrating revenge massacres in Rwanda

Former residents of the Chagos Islands arrive at the Supreme Court in London, preparing to challenge a decision made six years ago by the House of Lords which dashed their hopes of returning home

Ruling that dashed hopes of Chagos Islanders to return to homeland should be quashed, Supreme Court hears

The islanders were forcibly removed from their lands 40 years ago to make way for an American air base

SS Port Nicholson anchored in Athol Bight (near Bradleys Head), Sydney at 10:10am on Sunday 12 April 1931 aboard a ferry from Taronga Park to Circular Quay

The search for the £1.9bn Atlantic treasure lost at sea - which may not actually exist

For years, the UK has been fighting to claim the spoils from a huge shipwrecked cargo of platinum

(From left) Sugra Dawood and her sisters, Khadija and Zohra

Three sisters who travelled to Syria with their nine children were removed from previous flight out of UK, say police

The Dawood sisters had tried to travel to Saudi Arabia in March but their journey was disrupted after officers prevented them from boarding a plane

Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron at a barbecue in the garden of 10 Downing Street in 2011

Michelle Obama to visit Tower Hamlets and drink tea with Prince Harry on London visit

The First Lady is promoting the cause of female education

Campaigners and a former Cabinet minister have questioned the timing of 'convenient' claims from Government sources that Britain has been forced to withdraw spies because Russia and China have obtained access to files stolen by Edward Snowden

Timing of claims that British spies were withdrawn over Edward Snowden documents is 'extremely convenient', say campaigners

There are concerns that the claims aim to shore up support for data collection

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