Kunal Dutta

Kunal Dutta is a news writer and reporter. He has written for The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, Independent Voices and More Intelligent Life.

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British hostage John Cantlie in the new Isis propaganda video, filmed in Kobani

John Cantlie: British hostage 'reports' from Kobani in new Isis propaganda video

The video is the sixth featuring the British photojournalist who was captured in Syria in November 2012

Cocoa beans, harvested in Indonesia, contain flavanols which the scientists used in their memory research

Cup of cocoa could give the elderly the memory of a 'typical 30 or 40-year-old'

Scientists believe that flavanols, the antioxidants inside cocoa beans, could stall memory loss in elderly people

The Saatchi & Saatchi board director is a creative maverick who finds comfort in chaos

Kate Stanners: Ukip is doing well because it talks to people in words they understand. Miliband needs to shrink his message to 'we reward work'

Kate Stanners is a rare female presence at the top of global advertising. She tells Kunal Dutta what the Opposition needs

Paul Cantlie makes emotional appeal to IS

Paul Cantlie dead: Father of British Isis hostage John Cantlie dies

Paul Cantlie recorded a video message from hospital pleading for his son's release earlier this month

A Serbian fan attacks an Albanian player

Serbia-Albania match abandoned after drone carrying flag sparks mass brawl on pitch

The powderkeg was lit after Serbian striker Stefan Mitrovic pulled down a flag that was flown above the ground by a drone alongside a map of Kosovo

A policeman sprays an activist in the face with pepper spray as the authorities move to clear protesters from the central area

Hong Kong police tear down barricades as they move to smash pro-democracy protests

Demonstrators respond by bringing traffic to a halt and chanting slogans about universal suffrage

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted

'Trojan Horse' schools which are ‘taken over’ by Islamist ideas are still not improved

Trustees were kept in the dark about a school trip to Saudi Arabia

Kim Jong-un makes first public appearance in 40 days... but where has the North Korean leader been?

Kim's prolonged absence from public view had fueled speculation about his health and his control over the country

John Cantlie, in the video the photojournalist speaks directly to the camera with no one else present – in contrast to previous videos released by the group

John Cantlie: Sister makes impassioned plea to Islamic State for direct negotiation

Cantlie revealed militant group had frozen communication with the family

The headquarters of the Metropolitan Police

Three more men arrested in London on suspicion of planning terrorist attack

Five men were arrested in a series of dawn raids last week

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

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Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
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Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes