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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Authorities in Iraq were tonight investigating claims that the Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been 'critically injured' in US-led air strikes, prompting speculation of his death

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s fate still unknown after US air strike on Isis as Iraqi forces enter Baiji

Iraqi forces reach centre of northern city of Baiji in attempt to break the Isis siege of the country’s biggest refinery

British hostage John Cantlie in the new Isis propaganda video, filmed in Kobani

John Cantlie: British hostage 'reports' from Kobani in new Isis propaganda video

The video is the sixth featuring the British photojournalist who was captured in Syria in November 2012

Cocoa beans, harvested in Indonesia, contain flavanols which the scientists used in their memory research

Cup of cocoa could give the elderly the memory of a 'typical 30 or 40-year-old'

Scientists believe that flavanols, the antioxidants inside cocoa beans, could stall memory loss in elderly people

The Saatchi & Saatchi board director is a creative maverick who finds comfort in chaos

Kate Stanners: Ukip is doing well because it talks to people in words they understand. Miliband needs to shrink his message to 'we reward work'

Kate Stanners is a rare female presence at the top of global advertising. She tells Kunal Dutta what the Opposition needs

Paul Cantlie makes emotional appeal to IS

Paul Cantlie dead: Father of British Isis hostage John Cantlie dies

Paul Cantlie recorded a video message from hospital pleading for his son's release earlier this month

A Serbian fan attacks an Albanian player

Serbia-Albania match abandoned after drone carrying flag sparks mass brawl on pitch

The powderkeg was lit after Serbian striker Stefan Mitrovic pulled down a flag that was flown above the ground by a drone alongside a map of Kosovo

A policeman sprays an activist in the face with pepper spray as the authorities move to clear protesters from the central area

Hong Kong police tear down barricades as they move to smash pro-democracy protests

Demonstrators respond by bringing traffic to a halt and chanting slogans about universal suffrage

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted

'Trojan Horse' schools which are ‘taken over’ by Islamist ideas are still not improved

Trustees were kept in the dark about a school trip to Saudi Arabia

Kim Jong-un makes first public appearance in 40 days... but where has the North Korean leader been?

Kim's prolonged absence from public view had fueled speculation about his health and his control over the country

John Cantlie, in the video the photojournalist speaks directly to the camera with no one else present – in contrast to previous videos released by the group

John Cantlie: Sister makes impassioned plea to Islamic State for direct negotiation

Cantlie revealed militant group had frozen communication with the family

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?