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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Staff members of Germanwings and Lufthansa hold a candlelight vigil outside the headquarters of Germanwings in Cologne

Germanwings crash: Foreign Secretary says it is 'sadly likely' that British nationals were among the 150 people killed in horror Alps plane crash

Philip Hammond said 'it is likely there were some British nationals' but has not released any more details

Black box insurance is growing in popularity. File photo

'Black box' in car alerts insurers to crash and saves young driver’s life

Max Charles, 20, would not be alive today if not for the tracker installed in his car

Jeremy Paxman has admitted he is a 'one-nation Tory'

Jeremy Paxman was approached by Tories to stand as MP in Kensington

It is the second such approach made by Downing Street in recent years

The familes of Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum have travelled to Turkey in a bid to retrace the missing girls' movements

Missing schoolgirls: Families of three British schoolgirls travel to Turkey in bid to retrace their last steps

The girls are thought to have boarded a bus bound for Urfa close to the Syrian border where they met people smugglers who brought them into the Isis-stronghold of Raqqa

Janice Atkinson as the MEP has been expelled by Ukip for bringing the party into disrepute over claims about inflated expenses, a party spokesman said.

Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson expelled from party over expenses allegations

Atkinson was expelled following allegations about expenses

Miya Ando's sculpture 'After 9/11' was initially unveiled in Battersea Park; now it is going on display in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

After 9/11: Sculpture made from wreckage taken from Ground Zero finds permanent home in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

It was a piece of mangled metal from the wreckage of Ground Zero presented to Britain as a lasting symbol of peace. But it lasted just 28 days on public display before it was lifted and unceremoniously dumped on a Cambridge farm to collect rust.

New allegations of a cover up emerged shortly after the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced it was investigating allegations of corruption inside Scotland Yard

Child sex abuse allegations: Scotland Yard 'scrapped Cyril Smith undercover investigation in 1980s'

Officers had reportedly gathered evidence including photographs and video taken from inside a London flat of men abusing boys aged around 14 years old

Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham, claimed the expense last year as “office costs”, filing it under “necessary expenses”. She then  laid the wreath at a service in her constituency on  11 November. (Justin Sutcliffe)

Sarah Champion MP claims £17 for poppy wreath

Sarah Champion claimed the expense last year as 'necessary expenses' - laying the wreath at a service in her constituency on 11 November

British Medical Association under fire for offering doctors cheap alcohol

The professional body has previously pledged support for minimum alcohol pricing. But last week, readers of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) received a £60 voucher from Naked Wines

Shobna Gulati accused the Sunday Mirror of invading her privacy with a front-page story in 2003 that speculated on the parentage of her son

Mirror hacking trial: Son of Coronation Street's Shobna Gulati 'was bullied' and ran away from home as a result of stories

Actress accuses Sunday Mirror of invading her privacy with a front-page story in 2003 that speculated on the parentage of her then nine-year-old son

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It's what you're reclining on that matters
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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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Follow the money as never before

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