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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Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system

Alan Bennett blasts creeping privatisation in speech to Cambridge University

Alan Bennett, the playwright and mordant champion of the underdog, has turned his fire on the creeping privatisation of Britain’s public institutions in an unabashedly left-wing lecture which also criticised the rightward drift of fellow literary greats.

Anne-Marie Cockburn, the mother of 15-year-old Martha Fernback, who died after taking ecstasy

Mother of ecstasy-death teen calls for legalisation and education

A mother whose teenage daughter died after taking an unusually pure version of ecstasy has called for recreational drugs to be legalised.

A family of Gorillas in Virunga National Park

British oil company SOCO agrees to cease operations in Congo’s Virunga National Park

A British oil company has agreed to end its controversial operations in Africa’s oldest national park following a campaign by environmentalists who warned of “devastating consequences” if drilling in the area proceeded.

Private care homes must face tougher scrutiny, says Orchid View report

Private care homes must face the same level of scrutiny as the NHS and be required to provide information to the public when concerns are raised about their standards, according to a review into a scandal-hit facility.

The 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar on display in Ulan Bator

Fossil of a 70-million-year-old ‘Terror Lizard’ goes back to Mongolia

Deal agreed to return Tarbosaurus skeleton after it was illegally smuggled to Britain by a 'one-man black market in prehistoric fossils'

More than 15,000 machines in the United Kingdom are believed to have been infected with the virus

GameOver Zeus: Computer users given fortnight warning over virus threat

Over 15,000 machines in UK infected with virus used to steal banking data

May Bradford writing a letter for an injured soldier in a French hospital

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The soldier and the letter-writer - a lady with a notepad who gave comfort to the dying

May Bradford provided a priceless service, writing letters to loved ones on behalf of injured soldiers
The British Guiana One-Cent stamp is expected to fetch £6-12 million at auction

World's rarest stamp, the British Guiana One Cent Magenta, expected to fetch £12m at auction

In 1873, Louis Vernon Vaughan did what countless 12-year-old boys have done before or since by soaking a used stamp from an envelope and placing it in an album.

Lewis Powter, left, failed to return to HMP Hollesley Bay on Sunday night. Paul Oddysses had absconded from the same prison the day before

Skull Cracker outcry risks derailing effective open prison system

Absconding rates are down and day-releases have less than a 1 per cent ‘failure’ rate, figures show

Gentleman thief: Edward Forbes Smiley III pleaded guilty in 2006 to stealing this map from Yale University

Did famous thief steal more of our hidden map treasures?

A book on the exploits of Edward Smiley III, who had a taste for cartography, reveals ancient works are still missing
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz