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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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

South Korean hospital workers wearing masks stand in front of a public notice on MERS while setting up a separated emergency center at the National Medical Center in Seoul

Two die from Mers in South Korea

Mers is an emerging illness that is thought to originate in bats, and to have been passed on to humans by camels.

An academic study of nearly 200 child custody cases from 2011 has concluded that men are not unfairly represented in family courts and are just as likely to have contact applications approved as women

Men are treated fairly when trying to get access to their children in courts, study says

Research found most applications by fathers are 'overwhelmingly successful'

Jérôme Valcke

Fifa corruption scandal: Jerome Valcke named as official who reportedly authorised $10m payment to Jack Warner

The US Justice Department alleged last week that Warner received three payments totalling $10m in 2008 which was deposited in a US bank account to secure a vote to back the South African bid for the 2010 World Cup

The controversial Motor Neurone Disease Association poster, featuring sufferer Michael Smith, has drawn a series of angry complaints

Motor neurone disease charity's poster criticised for its 'threatening tone'

The MND Association said it had been 'surprised' by the response

Ukip candidate John Leathley apologises after saying female journalist 'needs a sh*g'

' I am shocked and deeply ashamed of my words

General Election 2015: Can digitally-savvy youth vote swing the closest campaign in living memory?

A flurry of last-minute polls show the main parties are still neck and neck as leaders make their final pitches in an attempt to sway the electorate

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Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

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