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Asylum-seeker 'was assaulted by security men during deportation'

Allegations that a Cameroonian man who came to Britain to escape torture in his own country was twice beaten by British security guards after he lost his claim for asylum and was being forcibly sent home are being investigated by the Government.

Five documentaries that broke the mould

Housing Problems by Sir Arthur Elton (1935)

'Housing Problems' was the first step towards cinéma verité film-making. It wasn't itself verité, but it was the first film that saw real people giving interviews, and the first time people were interviewed on location (in this case, their kitchen).

Asylum-seeker 'assaulted by British security guards'

A science graduate from Cameroon, who came to Britain to enlist in the Royal Navy, is facing deportation while the Home Office investigates claims that he was assaulted by seven guards at an immigration detention centre.

Countdown to the Premiership: Cometh the Grim Reaper

The formidable flanker Serge Betsen has arrived at Wasps to fill the void left by Lawrence Dallaglio. Chris Hewett meets a man more than ready for England's challenges, and at 34 still keen to learn

Unjust Rewards, By Polly Toynbee and David Walker

The right-wing hacks will hate her for it, but Polly's bang on the money in this blistering polemic

England in rankings boost

England have moved up one place to 14th in the latest Fifa rankings.

Bruce Anderson: In these grim times, the Tories need to hide their happiness and hone their soundbites

Cameron forced his followers to discover bunny-hugging rather than bunny-boiling

Woman 'assaulted' by UK security guards during forced removal

The Government is investigating claims that a 26-year-old asylum-seeker from Cameroon was so badly assaulted during her forced removal on a British Airways flight that she has to use a wheelchair.

How rival pulled a surprise on his leader

"If we lose the vote on 42 days, there'll be trouble ahead," David Davis told a friend at the weekend. There certainly is now.

Roman Ngouabeu: Let me escape from this terrifying limbo

I am a refused asylum-seeker. I am 33 years old and originally from Cameroon. I have lived in the UK for the last nine years of my life. I am married with two young children. I met my wife in the UK and my son and daughter were both born here. This country is all they know. It is their home, and where they belong.

Song has no plans to retire despite cup final blunder

Cameroon players have refused to blame their captain Rigobert Song for their 1-0 defeat by Egypt in the African Nations Cup final.

Cameroon 0 Egypt 1: Song is off-key for final number to gift Egypt Nations Cup

Poor, poor Rigobert Song. The former Liverpool defender had been inspirational as Cameroon put the traumas of their 4-2 defeat to Egypt in their opening game behind them to become arguably the most defensively disciplined side in the tournament.

Bodies swept off the streets in Chad as President claims victory over rebels

Ambulance workers began retrieving rotting corpses from the dusty streets of Chad's capital yesterday, as the country's government tried to restore an air of normality after a failed coup attempt by rebels that left at least 100 dead.

Eto'o shatters scoring record for tournament

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o became the highest scorer in African Nations Cup history when he converted a penalty in a 3-0 win over Sudan yesterday. The victory ensured Cameroon finished second in Group C behind Egypt with six points to go through to the last eight.

Egypt face Cameroon without 'irreplaceable' Hassan

Egypt will feel the absence of their captain, Ahmed Hassan, keenly when they open the defence of the African Nations Cup against Cameroon today, their coach, Hassan Shehata, admitted yesterday.

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