Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Police vans are lined up in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast Paris, as part of an operation to seize two heavily armed suspects

Paris shootings - analysis: Why is there such a huge military operation surrounding a building with two gunmen in it?

Huge numbers involved would be way of reassuring a French public understandably fearful of start of a jihad

Military personnel patrol the Gare de l’Est railway station in Paris yesterday

Charlie Hebdo attack: MI5 chief reveals Britain faced four major terror plots in past year

And Andrew Parker stressed that the security service is lacking tools to tackle the rising danger

Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Charlie Hebdo attack: Killers' sophistication suggests they had powerful backers

They were well armed, organised, and were able to get away

Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Charlie Hebdo attack: Analysis shows Paris killers carried out their deadly mission with military precision

The way they moved down the street and used their weapons could only be a result of prolonged training

The Israeli air strike on the Bakr boys on the beach in Gaza City

Tragic story of Gaza family drowned on a smugglers' boat trying to escape death and destruction that claimed four of their relatives

Special report: Israeli missiles killed four cousins on a beach in Gaza last summer, leading to thirty other members of the Bakr family to seek a better life. But more heartbreak was to follow

Pakistani civil society activists shout slogans against the Taliban during a peace rally on January 5th in Lahore
The rubble of the devastated neighbourhood of Shejaiya in Gaza City; just a fraction of the construction material required to rebuild has been delivered so far – only 1 per cent of the five million tonnes needed

Diplomatic Channels: Gaza is in ruins – but having negotiated with weapons, Hamas may now do so with words

Only 1 per cent of the five million tonnes of construction material required after such devastation has been delivered so far

Christmas Eve 2014 is celebrated at St Thomas’s Catholic Church, in Gaza. Around 700 of Gaza’s 2,200 Christians attended the service

Christmas in Gaza: A season without hope as fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite

The services and celebrations of the tiny group of Christians in Gaza have been overshadowed by a deep sense of foreboding. Kim Sengupta, in Gaza City, on fears right across the community that a bad situation is about to get even worse

Abdullah Wahdan’s family homes were destroyed during air strikes in July. Two members of his family were killed then and four others were died in subsequent bombings

'No home and no hope': Palestinians struggling to rebuild their lives amid the Gaza rubble

The few Palestinians rebuilding fear a future that will repeat the past

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

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

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
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The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
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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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The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific