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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Isis in Syria: Coalition warplanes drop leaflets showing dead jihadists into militant's stronghold

The tactic is often used to try and claw a psychological advantage over an enemy or spread awareness to civilians in a warzone

The US State Department says it is resuming aid to the military in Bahrain, which has been withheld since Bahrain cracked down on demonstrations in 2011

US resumes military aid programme to Bahrain

The Gulf State saw a Shia-led uprising in 2011, in which protesters demanded a constitutional monarchy

Detectives from the Met Police's Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating after a female security guard was assaulted at Blackfriars Crown Court in London

Female security guard in critical condition after being assaulted by male prisoner

The prisoner custody officer is understood to have been assaulted as she escorted the man between the premises and a van parked outside

According to sources within the Tory rebel camp, the Government is facing a major defeat over the rules for the European Union referendum with up to 50 Eurosceptic Conservative MPs planning to rebel

David Cameron expected not to hold EU referendum alongside other elections in bid to avoid internal revolt

The move effectively rules out 5 May 2016 for the in-out poll, when local elections are due to take place

AQAP leader Nasser al-Wahayshi was killed in a suspected US drone strike in Yemen's Hadramout region

Al-Qaeda leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi killed in US drone strike, Yemen claims

The death of al-Wuhayshi would mark a significant milestone in the US counter terrorism operation in Yemen

Top row, from left: Sugra Dawood with her children Junaid Ahmed Iqbal, Ibrahim Iqbal, Zaynab Iqbal, Mariya Iqbal and Ismaeel Iqbal. Bottom row, from left: Zohra Dawood with her children Nurah Binte Zubair and Haafiyah Binte; Zubair Khadiga Bibi Dawood with her children Muhammad Haseeb and Maryam Siddiqui

12 members of a Bradford family feared to have travelled to Syria

One of their relatives is understood to be fighting for extremists

South Korea's health ministry has reported eight new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus

Mers in South Korea: Seventh death reported as live cases near 100

It can trigger respiratory infections that lead to pneumonia and, worse, kidney failure

Shares in Merlin Entertainments, the owner of Alton Towers, have fallen four percent in a week on reports that it was losing £500,000 pounds a day while the park was shut

Alton Towers crash: Theme park owners Merlin Entertainments accept full responsibility for rollercoaster crash

Lawyers for  three of the four people seriously injured in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash have welcomed the admission of liability from Merlin Entertainments.

New research concludes that overweight people who have suffered a heart attack may live longer than healthy people because certain fats are programmed to guard the body against heart disease

Overweight people who suffered heart attack could live longer than healthy people, says study

The study suggests that body fat can act as a last line of defence against a heart attack and strokes by releasing anti-inflammatory chemicals

Sylvie-Agnès Bermann’s posting to Britain was to ‘feminise’ Anglo-French relations

Storm in a teacup? French envoy denies turning up nose at Labour's tea and biscuits during meeting with Hilary Benn

A team of diplomats accompanying French ambassador, Sylvie-Agnès Bermann, were reportedly less than impressed with the refreshments on offer

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