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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Alex Salmond also criticised the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews for its male-only membership

Alex Salmond refuses invitation to men-only Open Championship golf club

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield maintains the archaic policy of 'Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden'

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden's father says whistleblower may return to US if conditions are met

NSA whistleblower remains stranded at Moscow airport

Drummer Lee Rigby

Date set for Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale to face trial for murder of Woolwich soldier Lee Rigby

Adebolajo is also accused of attempted murder of two police officers

South Africans protest against Barack Obama's visit, just streets away from the hospital treating Nelson Mandela

South African protesters campaigning against President Barack Obama’s three-nation tour of the continent gathered today just streets from the hospital where Nelson Mandela is critically ill. 

The effort comes after the convictions of Muslim men in a string of cases including those in Rochdale, Derby and Oxford, where five men were yesterday sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in a sex abuse gang.

Muslims unite to condemn 'extreme depravity' of child grooming in first UK-wide single sermon

500 Imams will deliver the unprecedented address following several abuse cases involving Muslim men

Oscar Pistorius as the South African Paralympic star

Oscar Pistorius resumes 'low key' training - but with no competitive return in sight

Official statement say focus for Paralympian who allegedly murdered his girlfriend 'remains entirely on the court case'

Lei Zhengfu was convicted of taking more than 3.1 million yuan in bribes

Chinese official jailed for paying off sex tape blackmailers

Lei Zhengfu attempted to pay £330,000 in hush money to developers who ran a sex-tape extortion scheme

Recent cafe blasts have killed 17 around Iraq

Blasts kill at least 19 in Iraq as US signals accelerated arms sales to the region

Bombs across Baghdad mark an upsurge in violence amid concerns of sectarian warfare

Cyclist deaths have risen across the UK

Cyclist deaths on the rise across Britain

Official statistics show UK roads are at their safest for drivers and pedestrians 

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The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

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How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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Big knickers are back
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From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific