Oliver Duggan

Oliver Duggan has a BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds and an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University London. He works as a freelance reporter and editorial assistant for The Independent and i with a focus on Home Affairs and politics.

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France accused of running vast data surveillance scheme to keep tabs on population

The French intelligence agency allegedly houses a gigantic spy-network underneath Paris

Fibre optic broadband is now widely available in the UK

Superfast broadband scheme two years behind schedule and £207m over budget

The National Audit Office reports that projects in Merseyside, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire and elsewhere will be delayed until 2017 

Mother and 3-month-old baby found dead at home in South Wales

27-year-old mother-of-three Joanne Thomas reportedly suffered from depression and was not seen in weeks

Hunting fears as rare golden eagles vanish in Scotland’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’

‘Highly suspicious’ disappearance of prized raptors prompts new legal measures

Members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) attend the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces meeting

Syria's opposition rebels to appoint new leader amid fears of radical Islamist involvement

The Syrian National Council will meet today to reassure anti-government backers they can be trusted with weapons

Nestlé loses bid to trademark the shape of Kit Kat

Have a break, have an unbranded two-fingered chocolaty snack: Nestlé loses bid to trademark the shape of Kit Kat

Rivals Cadbury give two fingers to the Swiss chocolatiers by blocking their bid at the UK Intellectual Property Office 

President Obama to hold crisis talks with Germany to settle claims that US spied of EU allies

The American President spoke with Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday

Portugal's economy in crisis as two ministers resign from coalition government

The junior People's Party prompts political and economic crisis over austerity split

Government spending on flood defences slammed by MPs

Commons environment committee demands more money to protect vulnerable people across the country

Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal arrives in court

Profile: Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

That’s a mouthful, what do his friends call him?

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Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect