Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Men watch as bulldozers remove debris in front of a damaged building after a suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint in Dafniya outside Mistrata, Libya

Isis in Libya: Suicide bomber who killed six at Misrata checkpoint was Tunisian, says Tripoli

Gaddafi loyalists have fostered Isis, claim militia in control of Tripoli

African immigrants arrive in Tripoli after being rescued by the Libyan coastguard. About 115 people bound for Europe were saved when their boat sank in Libyan waters on 5 May

Libya, land of last hopes: Where sub-Saharan refugees wait to risk everything to reach Europe

‘It’s shaming for politicians in rich Europe to treat poor people like this’

The strategy was described by Khalifa al-Ghawi, the leader of one of two rival administrations in the country, as akin to the 'colonial mentality' of Italian occupiers of Libya last century, and 'completely unacceptable in the modern world'

Mediterranean migrant crisis: Libya 'will repel any military action from EU' to stop people smugglers, claims Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

Exclusive: Mr Ghweil describes the possible strategy as akin to the 'colonial mentality' of his country's Italian occupiers in the last century

Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa hoping to board boats to Europe wait at a detention centre in Tripoli

Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

In an exclusive interview, Khalifa al-Ghweil, the Prime Minister of Libya Dawn – which controls much of the country including the capital Tripoli – tells Kim Sengupta why he thinks the EU is making things worse for his country

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

Diplomatic Channels: Let's hope the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport surprises us and emerges a champion of media freedom

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

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