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"

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Following other unintentionally hilarious air-punching classics – Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) and, of course, the genre-defining This is Spinal Tap (1984) – this is the latest heavy metal rockumentary, and follows Iron Maiden's Somewhere Back in Time world tour of 2008.

Private jet for David Miliband defended

The Foreign Office today defended seeking to hire a private jet for the use of Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

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A speedy U-turn from retailer Alexon

Goodness, 48 hours is a long time in the world of retail. On Wednesday, Bay Trading's parent company, Alexon, sounded confident in its latest trading statement: "New high fashion lines have been well received by customers and the fashion press and a revitalised image has been designed for Bay Trading reflecting its more fashionable proposition". So fashionable, in fact, that Alexon put the company into administration yesterday morning.

Michael Misick: The king of sleaze in the colonies

Private jets, designer suits, a Rolls-Royce ... the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands certainly lived the high life. Now he has quit, and the imperial outpost is back under British control. Cahal Milmo reports

RBS and Citigroup cancel jets for top executives

Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup have cancelled orders for private jets for top executives in the wake of the financial crash and a public backlash over corporate perks, French planemaker Dassault Aviation said today.

Nigel Morris: Money talks – and this man wields huge power

Lord Ashcroft is playing a pivotal role in David Cameron’s drive to power as he pours millions of pounds into winning the seats that the Tories need to form a government at the next election.

Stay the night: The London West, Hollywood

LA is currently a little bit in love with Britain – or at least with some of our glossier exports – and tonight, Oscar night, this is where you’ll find many of our A-listers in attendance.

My Life In Travel: Christopher Lee, actor

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Credit crisis diary: Time for Obama to up his game

We know Barack Obama is the saviour of the planet and all that, but his whirlwind of activity over the first seven days in office has disappointed in one respect: he hasn't saved the economy yet. Just check out www.recovery.gov, the site the new administration has set up in order to update Americans on how their tax dollars are being spent in the battle against recession. The site has, as yet, no content at all.

Christina Patterson: Never mind wealth, think index-linked pensions

That world of mediocrity and inefficiency is suddenly attractive

Lib Dems' biggest donor stole money

Party may have to return Michael Brown's millions after he is convicted of fraud

Absent Liberal democrat donor convicted of fraud

The Liberal Democrats' biggest donor became one of Britain's most wanted men today after being convicted of stealing millions from a former football boss.

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