Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Still on crutches, Hussein Abu Jumaa stands in the rubble of his brother’s house. His own house was also damaged and he lost 25 members of his extended family in the Israeli air strikes

Israel-Palestine conflict: Four months after the bombardment, Gaza's wounds are yet to heal

Hussein Abu Jamaa still bears the scars from the explosion that pulverised his leg, destroyed his house and killed 25 members of his family. Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people

Man Haron Monis, who emigrated to Australia from Iran in 1996, claimed he had been continually under attack by the Australian government since 2007. He was scheduled to appear in court in February after being arrested in October and charged with dozens of indecent and sexual assaults

Sydney siege: ‘Lone wolf’ attackers like Man Haron Monis will always remain a security nightmare

It's not unusual for terror suspects to have been noticed by the police for previous crimes

The UK is likely to provide a ‘force protection’ unit, shielding the trainers from attacks by the Islamists

War against Isis: British troops to return to Iraq to help train Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmarga forces

Isis has changed its tactics in the face of air strikes, no longer moving in conventional formations, but engaging in guerilla warfare, often in urban settings

Pierre Korkie, left and Luke Somers were both killed during a failed attempt to rescue them in southern Yemen

Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers killings analysis: More failures than successes in hostage rescue attempts

Pierre Korkie was about to be released. His wife was preparing to fly out to greet him. But the bungled rescue bid, by soldiers who did not even know he was being held, cost him his life – and that of Luke Somers

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has received assurances of continuing international support

Western leaders reassure Afghanistan of continued funding after withdrawal of coalition forces

President Ashraf Ghani urged to tackle corruption and carry out reforms in return for international assistance

Prince Turki al-Faisal, former director of the Saudi Intelligence Services

The West is to blame for Syrian conflict, says Saudi prince

The West’s failure to intervene in Syria’s civil war contributed to its descent into a bloodbath and not enough is being done, even now, to protect the battered population, according to a senior and influential member of the Saudi royal family.

Russian guards fire a salute during the funeral ceremony of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle

Analysis: World at war is good news for Kalashnikov and its new gun

Diplomatic Channels: The return to animosity between Moscow and Nato has been good for Russian arms manufacturer

Denmark has decided not to penalise citizens returning from jihad abroad

Denmark offers rehabilitation - not punishment - to returning jihadis

Claims Britain is 'creating more enemies' by pursuing terrorism charges when citizens come home
Michael Adebolajo brandishes the murder weapons after the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in 2013

Lee Rigby murder report: How MI5 latched on to – and lost – the man who later murdered soldier

The MPs’ report gives a fascinating – and disturbing – glimpse of the way the security services work

Michael Adebolajo killed Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in May last year

Michael Adebolajo report: Lee Rigby's killer wrote extremist messages online for six months before attack

Michael Adebolajo killed Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in May last year

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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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