Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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President Xi Jinping has declared that “first strike would be used against terrorists” and a series of punitive measures have followed including bans on beards, veils and T-shirts showing the Muslim crescent

China's Islamist insurgency in its western territories poses a growing threat to the region

Diplomatic Channels: A series of indiscriminate attacks have been followed punitive measures including bans on beards, veils and T-shirts showing the Muslim crescent

John Whittingdale, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

John Whittingdale, the man who defended Ukraine's freedom, is now tasked with cleansing the BBC

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Fighters loyal to Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies smash a statue of the late Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad, father of current President Bashar al-Assad, in the Syrian city of Idlib

Turkey and Saudi Arabia alarm the West by backing Islamist extremists the Americans had bombed in Syria

Joint approach by Turkey and Saudi Arabia graphically illustrates how the interests of the Sunni regional powers are diverging from those of the US in Syria

An earthquake survivor passes a destroyed house in Chautara, about 50 miles from Kathmandu in the central Sindhupalchok district, one of the worst-hit areas

Nepal earthquake: Gurkhas to the rescue, ignoring injuries and rejecting flight home

Members of the brigade that first took up arms on Britain’s behalf 200 years ago are defying the elements to help

Residents watch as a Thai search-and-rescue team joins Nepalese soldiers digging for earthquake survivors in the town of Sankhu, near Kathmandu

Nepal earthquake: How the regional rivalry between China and India has spilled over into the international rescue effort

Some suspect the motives of the foreigners bringing humanitarian aid are not always entirely altruistic

International aid continues to pour into Nepal to help victims of the earthquake but import restrictions are delaying its onward journey

Nepal earthquake: Humanitarian aid is piling up unused at Kathmandu airport because of import restrictions, UN warns

Nepal's only international airport has stopped large relief planes from landing because its sole runway is being damaged by the weight of large aircraft

An elderly woman prays at a temple in Kathmandu damaged by the earthquake

Nepal earthquake: Racing against time, government pleads for rescue helicopters to reach remote mountain regions

A mood of panic has led to fights breaking out among those anxious to board helicopters

Al-Nusra militants hijack a parade in Aleppo

Inside Aleppo: Syrian activists reveal kidnap and torture at hands of al-Nusra extremists

Exclusive: Two moderates speak to Kim Sengupta to describe how anti-Assad Islamists are turning on Syria's own children

A woman stands on top of her collapsed home in Bungamati, Nepal, a destination formerly described as ‘a classic medieval village… one of the prettiest in the valley’

Nepal earthquake: Inside the 'classic medieval village' that is now a place of desperation and sorrow

It was once a Nepalese village famous for being the home of the 16th-century temple to the deity Rato Machhendranath. Now it lies in ruins, its distraught inhabitants huddled in tents

Victims of Saturday’s earthquake are cremated at Pashupatinah Temple in Kathmandu

Nepal earthquake: Amid all the sadness and death, the talk is of hope and rebirth

Kim Sengupta is humbled by the dignity of the bereaved amid the ordeal of cremating so many victims

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