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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Northern Ireland police chief accused over inquiry into killings

Northern Ireland’s outgoing Chief Constable Matt Baggott faces criminal action over claims that he obstructed police ombudsman investigations into 60 murders during the height of the Troubles.

Labour MP Stella Creasy

Women would have to breed for Britain if immigration is curbed, says Stella Creasy

Stopping immigration would leave British women having to have “a lot of children very quickly” to keep the NHS and economy afloat, says Stella Creasy.

The Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait, which scientists believe is gradually vanishing as the red-chalk image fades

Scientists try save only existing self-portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci

Scientists are close to deciding how to restore a fading chalk sketch believed to be the only existing self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, following a hi-tech study of the paper.

Garcia served as a counter-terrorism prosecutor for President George Bush

Michael Garcia profile: The Fifa investigator into ethics and corruption

Michael Garcia is a former US attorney who became a household name after leading the successful prosecution against former Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 after a high-profile sex scandal.

Firefighters rescue victims at a hospital in Jangseong, South Korea

South Korea hospital fire: '20 killed' as blaze sweeps through ward for elderly patients

At least 20 patients and a nurse have been killed after a fire swept through a hospital in South Korea.

China sends around 100,000 students each year to the UK, with as few as 5,000 travelling in the opposite direction

Vince Cable says UK should send 80,000 pupils a year to China

By 2020 up to 80,000 UK students should visit China every year to take part in study or work experience programmes, Business Secretary Vince Cable has suggested. He called for Britain to “raise its game” and improve links with the country by addressing the huge disparity between the number of Chinese students who come to the UK and vice versa.

Robert Francis QC headed up the inquiry into Mid Staffs last year

If the NHS were an airline 'planes would fall out of the sky all the time' says Mid Staffs inquiry chairman

Standards across the NHS have become so poor that if the health service were an airline “planes would fall out of the sky all the time”, the chairman of the inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire NHS scandal has warned.

Children of prisoners are more likely to be excluded from school and become susceptible to mental health problems

Two thirds of sons of prisoners are likely to grow up to become criminals, research shows

Two thirds of sons of prisoners are likely to grow up to become criminals, according to new research that warns of the dangers susceptible to family members.

Tracy Emin's 'My Bed' was initially sold to Charles Saatchi for a reported £150,000

Tracey Emin's My Bed to be auctioned by Charles Saatchi

Tracey Emin’s My Bed, a sordid recreation of the site of a three-day breakdown and one of Britain’s most polarising pieces of modern art, is to be sold on auction this summer, it has been reported.

Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh revealed the military are aware of the girls' location

Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapping: We know where the girls are – but we can't get them back by force, says Army chief

Hopes of rescuing more than 200 girls snatched from a school in Nigeria were given fresh impetus late on Monday night after the country’s military reportedly revealed it knew the location of the pupils but would not resort to force in order to free them.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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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'
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US stars in UK panto

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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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
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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
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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