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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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
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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

MP calls on Government to improve oversight on American military bases in Britain

A senior Labour MP has called on the Government to overhaul its scrutiny of American military bases in Britain following the revelation that the Pentagon is to spend nearly £200m on a new intelligence hub in Northamptonshire.

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