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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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary