Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Peter Kassig, a convert to Islam, founded a relief aid NGO

Ransoms are a price worth paying to save the lives of heroes like Peter Kassig

Governments should reconsider whether there is the need for some flexibility in their stance

Police officers outside a house in Desborough Avenue, High Wycombe after four men were arrested in connection with an alleged Islamist terror plot

Terror arrests ahead of Remembrance Day

Police have arrested four men on suspicion of allegedly plotting to carry out a terrorist attack, which security sources say may have been imminent.

The staff of GHCQ make a poppy in the body’s headquarters in Cheltenham last month

Like it or not, the web provides a space to plan terror

"Censoring material doesn’t mean it’s the end of the message being disseminated"

Muammar Gaddafi

Libya, from Arab Spring to Islamist Autumn

Diplomatic Channels

Sir John Sawers spent five years as chief at the British Secret Intelligence Services Headquarters

I'm proud to hand over reins of a more modern MI6, says 'C'

Sir John Sawers is stepping down as head of the intelligence service after five turbulent years and the emergence of the new terror threat presented by Isis in Iraq and Syria. Kim Sengupta looks back over his five-year tenure

Sebastian Socodo (in charge of cemetery maintenance) walks among the tombstones at the Argentine cemetery in the Falkland Islands

Argentina's Falklands minister: ‘There is absolutely no chance of another invasion’

Argentina’s Malvinas Secretary explains the UK does not need to maintain a costly garrison there

The last Union Flag flying above Helmand Province is lowered by Captain Matthew Clark, left, and Warrant Officer John Lilley

The last exit: The Union flag is lowered, British troops depart, and Afghanistan’s next chapter begins

After the last of the troops leave, the population left behind will be hoping that the West, facing a new conflict in Syria and Iraq, keeps its promises to Afghanistan, writes Kim Sengupta

A Swedish minesweeper searches for suspected

What’s Putin’s war game? A Russian sub in Swedish waters has slipped away into the sea...leaving recriminations in its wake

Russia’s neighbours fear the suspected submarine in Swedish waters signals a turn to more assertive tactics by Putin

Isis has made huge profits from captured oilfields

War on Isis: US 'planning to bomb oil pipelines' to halt jihadists' funding

Islamic State believed to be making $2m a day in illicit oil sales

Britain’s Reaper drones, similar to this US version, will be controlled from an RAF base in Lincolnshire

UK Reaper drones ready to attack Isis in Syria and Iraq

Reapers will initially be operating in Syria for surveillance, but will also engage Hellfire missiles in an attack capacity if authorisation is given

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

Tyrannosaurus wrecked?

Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
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The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
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Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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