Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher is a reporter for the Independent and Independent on Sunday having joined the group in 2012. He has previously worked for the European Voice, Daily Mirror and the Observer and been based in Brussels, Belfast, Tokyo and London.

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Trojan Horse row: Teachers suspended for refusing to impose strict Islamic model

Governing body at Bradford college removed after employing Trojan Horse ‘ringleader’ as adviser

Six-year-old Muadh Zain was stranded in Syria for three years

Stranded British boy Muadh Zain finally escapes Syria

A British boy who had been trapped in Syria for three years has finally reached safety after crossing the border into Jordan.

Laura Sears, whose boyfriend has banned her phone

Digital addict – or just checking your Facebook page? A quarter of all men and women spend 'an unhealthy amount of time online'

Research also finds that 2 per cent of people are 'digital phobic' and 1 per cent are 'digital deniers'
Lonely Planet says there is more to Battle than the site of William the Conqueror’s 1066 victory

The best-kept secrets of British tourism (until now)

‘Lonely Planet’ lists top ‘undiscovered and overlooked’ travel destinations

How Google Glass could change the way we view art

Trial uses wearable computers to overlay information on paintings

Six-year-old British boy Muadh Zain who is stranded in Syria

Desperate father begs Foreign Office to help rescue traumatised son from wartorn Syria

The father of a six-year-old British boy who has been stranded in war torn Syria since the conflict began has pleaded for the Government to step in and help bring him home “before it is too late”.

World Cup 2014: Brazil will win the tournament, at least according to Goldman Sachs

Further evidence of Brazil’s chances of securing a record sixth World Cup came from economists at Goldman Sachs today, who predicted the hosts would beat Argentina 3-1 in the final.

Binge drinking is as ubiquitous in university life as lectures and lie-ins

Government crackdown on student binge drinking 'doesn't go far enough', says Alastair Campbell

A joint Coalition and National Union of Students crackdown on student pub crawls launched yesterday has been dismissed as almost meaningless by alcohol campaigner Alastair Campbell.

Twice as many Brits die of drugs overdoses than in the rest of Europe, says research

More than twice as many Britons die from a drugs overdose compared to the rest of Europe according to new research.

David Cameron and MP Nadhim Zahawi, co-chair of an APPG on Kurdistan

Corporate funding of all‑party groups 'next big scandal' after huge rise under the coalition

MP warns of the rapid growth of the unofficial Westminster bodies
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