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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Hannah Smith was found hanged at her home

Hannah Smith inquest hears she may have posted 'hate messages' herself

Police officer says there's no evidence of cyber-bullying

A man is taken into custody by Secret Service officials

Clean up your act: We all have a hand in the spread of bugs, campaign says

WHO plans to reveal 'hand scans' designed to highlight the invisible effects of bad hygiene
The Home Office detention centre at Harmondsworth holds 615 people

Asylum detainees stage hunger strike over poor treatment

More than 100 people held at Harmondsworth detention centre are protesting over the application of the Government’s fast-track asylum rules

The Noma restaurant, based in Copenhagen, took home the award as the world's best restaurant at the ceremony at London's Guildhall

People reluctant to express religious beliefs because of 'deep intolerance' to extremism, says Attorney General Dominic Grieve

The Government’s senior law officer Dominic Grieve said people with “softer” religious views had been reluctant to express their faith because of the “disturbing” rise of fundamentalism. 

The British Council has announced a global celebration of Shakespeare’s life and works to coincide with next year’s 400th anniversary of his death

William Shakespeare's 450th birthday: Planned celebrations of death will be Britain's 'next Olympic moment'

The life and work of William Shakespeare will be celebrated in a series of events taking place in 110 countries next year on the 400th anniversary of the writer’s death.

Salman Rushdie went into hiding for a decade after Iran's late spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa in 1989 calling for the author's assassination.

Dutch teenager arrested in Rotterdam over American Airlines ‘terror threat’ on Twitter

A Dutch teenager that sparked a terrorist threat after posing as a member of al-Qa'ida and writing a threatening message to the American Airlines Twitter account has been arrested in Amsterdam.

The parenting website Mumsnet claims to have 1.5 million registered members

Mumsnet users urged to change password after Heartbleed hackers target site

Cyber-thieves may have obtained passwords and personal messages

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there