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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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.

The Defence and Security Equipment International arms fair drew protesters to east London last September

‘Torture gear’ brochures at world’s largest weaponry fair backfire

Anti-arms trade campaigners have launched an unprecedented private prosecution against two defence companies for allegedly marketing torture equipment at the world’s largest weaponry fair in London.

London Mayor Boris Johnson at the Uniting Against Female Genital Mutilation press conference at City Hall

Almost 4,000 women and girls treated for effects of female genital mutilation in London hospitals since 2009

Thousands of women and girls have been treated in London hospitals for the effects of female genital mutilation, suggesting that many more have received similar treatment nationwide.

Relatives of those killed in the Batang Kali massacre, outside the High Court in 2012

Relatives of Malaysians killed by British troops in the Batang Kali massacre vow to take their fight to the Supreme Court

Relatives of 24 unarmed Malaysians shot dead by British troops 65 years ago have vowed to take their fight for a fresh inquiry to the Supreme Court after a panel of judges described the original investigation as “woefully inadequate”.

Khadija Shah was six-months pregnant when she was arrested in 2012

British mother jailed for life in Pakistan for drug smuggling to keep baby with her in prison

Khadija Shah was heavily pregnant when arrested two years ago, but relatives have raised concerns for the health of her child, pointing out that the baby has not received inoculations and is at risk of multiple infectious diseases

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