The Harmondsworth Immigration Detention centre where Isa Muazu is detained

'Close to death' hunger striker loses appeal for ruling that he is being held unlawfully in immigration detention centre

A 'close to death' hunger striker has lost a Court of Appeal bid for a ruling that he is being unlawfully held in an immigration detention centre pending attempts to remove him from the UK.

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Theresa May could face MPs over failed Nigerian asylum seeker Isa Muazu's hunger strike

Theresa May could face Parliament over the case of a detained Nigerian man on hunger strike since his asylum application was rejected.

The look of the future hotel is already at citizenM in London

Shapes of things to come? A glimpse into the hotel experience a decade ahead

Whether you’re leaving for an overnight stay on business or going on a city break, hoteliers know what you want and the rooms are about to change. Simon Calder investigates

Get me out of here - Boston, Venice, Western Australia

Now... Christmas shopping in Boston

Depart on 27 November to experience Thanksgiving in Boston and the "Black Friday" shopping sales. Virgin Holidays is offering three nights, room-only accommodation at the Midtown Hotel for £599pp, with Virgin flights from Heathrow.

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On track: First Crossrail tunnel unveiled... and it's looking impressive

The first completed tunnel in the £14.8 billion cross-London Crossrail project has been unveiled.

A leaked email from one of Ed Miliband's closest aides described as a 'nightmare' working with Ed Balls on economic policy

What leaked email from Miliband aide describing 'nightmare' of working with Ed Balls means for future of Labour party

Andrew Grice reports on a rocky relationship and asks how much it will influence the next election

Queues at Border Control in Terminal Five of London's Heathrow Airport

Want to dodge the queues at UK passport control? The Home Office says you may soon be able to... for a price

Hollidaymakers and business travellers could soon skip arrival hall delays by paying an extra fee

Market forces: festive fair in Prague

5 ways to... Visit Christmas markets

Browse the food and craft stalls to stock up on holiday cheer this year

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Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal to launch restaurant at Heathrow airport's new £2.5bn Terminal 2

Menu will feature some of Britain's favourite meals inspired by his TV series

'Boris Island' design plans: Pictures of proposals for London airport revealed

Consortium Testrad say the design could be built within seven years

The UK’s relationship with Europe will change as its population rises

Britain’s population will boom, but don’t panic

We are set to become the most populous nation in the European Union. We should forget HS2 and instead invest the money into housing and schools

Jim Armitage: A chance for Boris Island to go bang once and for all

Outlook Say what you like about Boris Johnson, his survival skills in the political jungle make fellow Old Etonian Bear Grylls look a wimp.

Waldemar Fornalik, the Poland coach, could be taking charge of the team for the last time

England v Poland: Poles hope spirit of 1973 can warm 18,000 supporters at Wembley for World Cup qualifier

“We will do all we can to ensure the fans can go home  in a happy mood”

Chris Tremlett appeals for lbw against Shane Watson at the Waca in Perth in 2010

Chris Tremlett and Co are ready to hit the heights Down Under again

Despite an average county season, the Surrey quick tells Richard Edwards why he will relish teaming up with England’s tall guys on Aussie pitches

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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