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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In a May 2013 speech, President Obama spoke about force feeding, asking: 'Is this who we are? Is that something our founders foresaw?'

Obama administration seeks to overturn decision to release controversial Guantanamo Bay force-feeding footage

The controversy puts more pressure on Mr Obama’s foreign policy legacy

The 14 men were hooded and subjected to methods of torture. File photo

Ireland accuses British Army of torture during the Troubles

Dublin has asked the ECHR to revisit its judgment in the 'hooded men' case of the 1970s, where captives were subjected to methods of torture including 'white noise', sleep deprivation and beatings

The announcement is expected build on the Chancellor’s theme of encouraging greater economic investment and prosperity in the northern regions

Biomedical research centre will make Manchester an economic 'northern powerhouse' to rival London

The project will cost taxpayers over £200 million but is expected to be widely supported by private investment

Germany revealed as main destination of EU migrants, as Poland vows to veto UK

Poles warn Cameron that discrimination on welfare payments crosses 'red line'

Bill Cosby has resigned from the board of Temple University, where he was a trustee

Bill Cosby resigns from board of alma mater Temple University following sexual assault allegations

The university had previously stood by the 77-year-old entertainer where other establishments, and media and entertainment companies, had cut their ties

Vinod Hindocha, left, the father of murdered Anni Dewani, has said he was not aware of his son-in-law's sexuality prior to his daughter's marriage to the British businessman

Parents of Anni Dewani to sue Shrien for failing to declare his bisexuality before 'false' marriage

Mr Dewani denies orchestrating the murder of his wife in South Africa in 2010

The Thomas Cook flight made an emergency landing in Hamilton

Aircraft forced to make emergency landing after drunken groom Mohammed Khelya threatens crew on honeymoon flight to Cuba

Mohammed Khelya told staff 'I'm going to kill you and I'm going to kill everyone after' as he tried to see his new wife who had changed seats to get away from him

Tony Blair speaks on stage at the 2nd Annual Save The Children Illumination Gala

Tony Blair angers Save The Children staff over 'legacy' award

Tony Blair received the award at a glittering gala in New York  last week

2,570 fee-charging schools can currently claim up to 80 per cent in their business rates due to their charitable status

Private schools would have to do more for state school children or lose charity tax breaks, Labour warns

Some 2,570 fee-charging schools can currently claim up to 80 per cent in their business rates due to their charitable status

The Little Stars Nursery in Nechells, Birmingham where a nursery worker was arrested and charged with two counts of serious sexual assault against a child in 2011

Report: 130 children exploited or at risk of abuse in Birmingham

Disclosures follow a damning report by Ofsted

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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