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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The spread of the TR4 fungus represents an expanded threat to global banana production

Bananageddon: Millions face hunger as deadly fungus Panama disease decimates global banana crop

Disease spreads from Asia to Africa and may already have jumped to crucial plantations in Latin America

A aircraft sprays fungicide over a plantation

‘Noah’s Ark’ of the fruit world where the banana seeds of 1,600 varieties are grown

Even if TR4 does its worst, there is still hope. Cahal Milmo visits Belgium’s World Banana Collection, home to thousands of varieties waiting to replenish the global supply

One scenario being taken seriously by the UN is pre-arranged “face-offs” - modelled on the film Braveheart - between rival militias

Exclusive: UN draws up peacekeeping plans in event of Scottish Yes vote

UN's traditional 'blue helmet' colour scheme is in doubt as it could be misinterpreted as a show of support for an independent Scotland

Lutfur Rahman was elected as an independent mayor after being dumped by Labour

TV report alleges Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman tried to buy influence with charitable grants

Lutfur Rahman was elected as an independent mayor after being dumped by Labour

Coughing German 'cheats' shock genteel world of bridge

In the words of World Bridge Federation, it was “reprehensible conduct” of the highest order. By dint of carefully timed coughs, two German doctors cheated their way to the pinnacle of this most genteel of card games.

A report suggests that the Pacific Marlin had been discharging waste while docked in waters shared with US Navy vessels

Exclusive: British Government under fire for pollution of pristine lagoon

The FCO has admitted that British 'no discharge policy' was not complied with by US vessels

Police on the island of St Vincent said the sailing instructor was found by the Coastguard

Murder in paradise? Witness says death of British sailor in St Vincent was an accident

Police are treating death of yachtsman found floating in water after boat fire as suspicious

The remains of King Richard III were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave, researchers have revealed

Richard III expert: The skeleton in the car park may not be missing monarch after all

Such was the certainty with which a twisted skeleton found in a Leicester car park was identified last year as the remains of Richard III that a High Court battle is being fought over the right to decide where to bury the fallen monarch.

Astronauts Scott, left, and Mark Kelly in the check-out facility at Ellington Field near NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston

Nasa's twin mission to space: Brothers used to study the effects of orbiting the Earth

Scientists to monitor identical twins while one is in orbit and the other remains on the ground

A crew member on board an RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft looks at a radar screen whilst searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 search: Inmarsat - a UK satellite firm - broke new ground in hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

While planes and ships have scoured the oceans and speculation has ebbed and flowed about the fate of Flight MH370, scientists at a British satellite company have spent the past fortnight crunching vast amounts of data to provide the first solid information relating to the fate of the Boeing 777 and the 239 people onboard.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice