Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is social affairs correspondent for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards.

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Schizophrenic man who believes he is a prophet can donate thousands of pounds to the Mormon Church, Court of Protection rules

A man with schizophrenia who believes he is a prophet should be free to donate thousands of pounds to the Mormon church, a Court of Protection judge has ruled.

Lawyers argued for 'Ms I' to be given a general anaesthetic to protect her and those treating her from being harmed if she became distressed on the operating table

Court of Protection: NHS Trust asks judge to rule on hysterectomy for woman with serious mental health condition

A woman with a serious mental health condition should undergo a hysterectomy after being handcuffed and escorted by four guards to the operating table, an NHS Trust told a High Court Judge on Monday.

The increase coincides with reforms which made it possible for gay couples to receive fertility treatment on the NHS

NHS fertility treatments allow two-mum families to reach record levels

More lesbian couples having babies than ever

Niaz Bibi shelters in her mud-walled home in Kabul’s Nasaji Bagramy camp for internal refugees. Her family survives on charity handouts and the proceeds of her grandchildren’s begging

Afghanistan abandoned without hope as international aid for the war-ravaged nation plunges by 40 per cent

Elections looming, Nato forces pulling out and - although it is almost April - less than one fifth of the UN’s humanitarian plan for this year has been funded

Afghan second vice -presidential candidate Habiba Surabi laughs as she attends an election rally in Kabul earlier this week

Habiba Sarabi: 'To be in Afghan politics as a woman is a risky task'

But Taliban fury and death threats are risks that Dr Sarabi – standing in the presidential elections on 5 April – says women have to take

Presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah at his home in Karte Parwan, Kabul. Elections will be held on 5 April

Is Dr Abdullah Abdullah the next Afghan president?

He leads the polls for April’s election, and is one of the incumbent’s harshest critics. Three of his team have been shot dead and his motorcade attacked. No wonder gunmen guard his gates. He talks to Emily Dugan in Kabul

Patricia White, manager of Central Birmingham Food Bank, collects supplies for a customer

Budget 2014: A booming economy? Not in Britain’s capital of joblessness

Emily Dugan hears the sceptical reaction to the Chancellor in Birmingham’s Perry Barr constituency

Poster power: Candidates’ faces line a road in Jalalabad yesterday

As Nato quits Afghanistan, new violence threatens the country's presidential election

The Taliban have pledged to disrupt the poll with 'all force'

Nils Horner’s shooting in broad daylight may have been a case of mistaken identity, said a think-tank

Swedish journalist Nils Horner murdered execution-style in Kabul as Afghanistan prepares for fresh violence ahead of its presidential elections

A Swedish journalist with dual British nationality was shot and killed in central Kabul this morning as the country braced itself for a surge in violence ahead of next month’s presidential elections.

Shannon Hamnett is currently studying business and law

Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime

The under-24s are bearing the brunt of a punitive new system that stops payments without warning

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Farewell, my lovely

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