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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Chris Grayling's Ministry of Justice blocked an investigation into the hidden problem of rape and sexual abuse in British prisons, it has emerged

Chris Grayling under fire over claim Ministry of Justice ‘hid abuse and rape in jails’

Investigation hampered as researchers barred from interviewing prisoners

Justin Bieber charged with assault after holiday quad bike crash in Ontario

It is the latest in a long line of run-ins with the police for the Canadian pop star

Dozens of Portuguese police carried out the initial search for Madelaine McCann in Praia de Luz when she disappeared in 2007

Madeline McCann investigation was 'held back by competing crime agencies'

So many British agencies got involved in search it created 'frustration and resentment' among Portuguese police, report says

The Grand Witches’ Tea Party at Rougemont Castle in Exeter remembered the persecution of women

British witches demand justice for the Bideford Three executed 300 years ago

Kunal Dutta joins Exeter coven seeking pardon  for trio executed for witchcraft 300 years ago

Fighters from ISIS marching in Raqqa, Syria (AP)

US steps up reconnaissance flights targeting IS as third American aid worker kidnapped by the militants is identified

The flights, comprising both manned aircraft and drones, were approved by President Obama over the weekend

Authorities failing in hunt for 'most wanted' tax dodgers who owe HMRC £844m

Campaign that publicly identified those sought has seen results, but many have fled abroad

At least 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham over a 16 year
period

Rotherham child abuse - the victims’ stories: doused with petrol and told she would be set alight

Children as young as 11 were raped, and then further exploited when put in care

Nigel Farage arrives for a hustings event at The Oddfellows Hall in Ramsgate on Tuesday
St. Louis Police have shot dead another man, a short distance from Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of protests over the killing of teenager Mike Brown

Michael Brown shooting: Police shoot and kill second young black man near Ferguson

The unidentified 23-year-old approached officers while brandishing a knife

James Foley has been missing since he was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012

Islamic State releases video apparently showing the beheading of missing US journalist James Foley

The White House said it was not immediately possible to verify its authenticity, but if genuine, the US would be 'appalled by the brutal murder'

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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