Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Syrians check a damaged house, reportedly hit by US-led coalition air strikes, in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province

Syria air strikes: The attacks are a severe blow to Isis – but boots on the ground may still be needed

A rising lethal toll from further raids risks support rising for the Islamists

Strikes were carried out by manned air force and navy aircraft (File photo)

Syria air strikes: President Assad now has the enemy he always wanted – Islamist terrorism

These are the very early days of a new and dramatic stage in the civil war

Diplomatic Channels: Each side in Ukraine crisis accuses the other of using foreign fighters. But what is the truth?

It is a key element in the ceasefire agreement signed between Kiev and the separatists last week that all foreign fighters must leave the country

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media via YouTube

John Cantlie video hints at Isis’s fear of Western air strikes

The use of the British hostage John Cantlie in a propaganda video without the threat of immediate violence against him shows that Isis is deeply apprehensive about impending Western military strikes, according to more moderate rebel groups in Syria.

An image grab of journalist John Cantlie taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media via YouTube

John Cantlie: He was caught while going back to see the fighters who freed him

Kim Sengupta describes the remarkable sequence of events that led to the capture – and recapture – of journalist John Cantlie

A Soviet-era monument to Ukrainian- Russian co-operation in Kiev, which is facing a difficult winter this year

Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter

There’s no gas. The mines have been bombed. Kim Sengupta reports from Grabova on the bleak winter ahead

Rally call: Supporters of a united Ukraine sign its flag in Mariupol

Ukraine crisis: EU agrees a crucial Kiev trade delay to aid ceasefire

Putin said to have obtained surprise deal as the ‘price of peace’ in return for ensuring separatist fighters in the east stick to fragile truce

A Malaysian air crash investigator inspecting the crash site

MH17: Evidence at crash site exposed to the elements

Ukrainian separatists insist they are trying to help inquiry team but blame investigators for lack of action

Petro Poroshenko speaks during a press conference in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The theme of his visit was ‘this is our land, we will not give it up for anyone’

Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko sends defiant message to pro-Russian separatists, but he reigns over a divided empire

Kim Sengupta was in Mariupol for Petro Poroshenko’s defiant message to the pro-Russian separatists who have torn Ukraine in two. But just 63 miles away, the opposition’s rally in Donetsk showed the scale of the task to unite the country

Ukrainian army soldiers check a burnt army truck on the outskirts of the key city of Mariupol

Ukraine crisis: Stories from a broken truce - ‘I saw my wife die in front of me. I couldn’t do anything to save her’

After only two days, and amid denials by separatists, the fragile ceasefire in Ukraine has been broken

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The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...