News Harmondsworth IRC in West Drayton, where inspectors have revealed that an 84-year-old immigration detainee - who was suffering from dementia - was taken to hospital in handcuffs and died while still in restraints

The Chief Inspector of Prisons said the system had "utterly failed" the "most vulnerable people in detention"

Liverpool count cost of international jet lag

Liverpool were unable to fly Javier Mascherano and Emiliano Insua back from Argentina in time to face Sunderland last Saturday because, unlike Barcelona and Manchester City, the club were unwilling to pay for a private plane.

Former flight attendant sues Oprah over sex claim

Oprah Winfrey has had pretty good luck in litigation during her career. Back in 1998 she won a Texas defamation case brought by cattlemen who weren't thrilled when she said she'd sworn off burgers on a show about mad cow disease.

I'm Dave. Fly me: Private flights revelations are latest blow

The Tories have had a difficult week after NHS gaffes and Alan Duncan's outburst over MPs' expenses. Jane Merrick and Alex Steger report

Leading article: Cracks in the Tory façade

Say what you will about David Cameron – and in the past this paper has said a great deal – he is no one's fool. He realises to a greater extent than many politicians the space that has opened up between the people and the political classes. His proposal, leaked last week, to curb ministerial pay if the Tories get elected suggests that he, unlike Alan Duncan, has some notion of how people feel about the pay and perks of ministers when they take the brunt of recession.

Editor-At-Large: Harman could fix things, but the men won't budge

No wonder many women find politics a turn-off and the idea of a career in Parliament less than appealing. Just look at the amount of vindictive press Harriet Harman attracted over the past seven days. If a mouthy, intelligent female – who, won an open election for her job, unlike her male superior – gets described as "thick" and "an idiot" by that repulsive shagger Rod Liddle in The Spectator, and is relentlessly pilloried day after day in the tabloids, it's no wonder her colleagues, Caroline Flint, Ruth Kelly and Jacqui Smith have jumped ship.

Leading article: Perks of the job

The mystery is solved. It was never entirely clear why Hillary Clinton accepted the job of Secretary of State in Barack Obama's cabinet after her narrow defeat in the Democratic primary elections. The salary was nothing special for someone with her profile. Politically it was a move sideways. And one presumes she did not take it in expectation of a stress-free life.

Liz Hoggard: We must all admit our dodgy uncles

My own dodgy uncle spent the family inheritance on model railways

Fisher lines up helicopter for dash to baby's birth

A helicopter and a private jet remain on standby for Ross Fisher ahead of this week's Open Championship at Turnberry. Fisher was back in Scotland yesterday, two days after finishing eighth in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, but remains poised to drop everything and fly to London to be with his wife, Jo, who is expecting their first child.

Leading article: Royal green

When it comes to public pronouncements on science, Prince Charles has a far from spotless track record. His views on homeopathy and nanotechnology are, frankly, rather loopy.

Stanford's lawyers reveal his depression and alcohol abuse

Nine months ago, he was interviewed on business television saying, "yes, it is fun being a billionaire". Yesterday, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and with his hands manacled in front of him, Allen Stanford had something different to say: "Not guilty, your honour."

The Girlfriend Experience, Edinburgh Film Festival, Edinburgh

Two decades since winning the Palme d'Or for Sex, Lies and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh returns with another film dissecting the sexual mores of the American middle classes. If you count his recent Che double bill as two separate films, The Girlfriend Experience is his 20th movie in as many years – a remarkable achievement by anyone's standards. Such a prolific output has not always brought stellar results – whether it's the two Ocean's Eleven sequels or the Second World War noir The Good German. Not so The Girlfriend Experience, one of the most engaging and astute works of Soderbergh's career.

Fewer millionaires in Britain than in China, says survey of super-rich

There are now more millionaires in China than in Britain, according to the latest authoritative survey of the super-rich. The Capgemini/Merrill Lynch World Wealth Report reveals that by the end of last year there were 362,000 "high net worth" people in the UK, down from 491,000 in 2007 and 2,000 fewer than the researchers say live in China. "High net worth" is defined as those who have "investable assets" exceeding $1m (£607m) that is excluding their homes, collectables and consumer goods.

Matthew Norman: I can see it now: 'President Blair'

A new EU post is so perfectly suited to the former PM that it makes you wince

Rio declares three days of mourning

The "marvellous" city, as Rio de Janeiro likes to be known, was a city grieving last night. Anguished friends and relatives gathered at Terminal 2 of Rio's international airport, awaiting news. The Mayor, Eduardo Paes, was among those who lost friends. "I don't think that there's any hope left really for any of us who are waiting here for news," he said.

Lowry resists joining jet set for pro debut

While Sergio Garcia was in the media centre here yesterday pouring out his heart regarding his recent split from Greg Norman's daughter (apparently Morgan-Leigh dumped him), Shane Lowry was out on the course preparing for a first date.

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