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LETTER : Minister defends asylum policy

Sir: Contrary to the views expressed by Polly Toynbee in her article and Jan Shaw of Amnesty International in her letter, both of 5 February, asylum seekers are not "arbitrarily detained" without "legal remedy" while their cases are being processed.

No end in sight to Kent prison hunger strike

Only one of the asylum seekers being held Rochester prison was still rejecting fluids yesterday, as a fellow hunger striker narrowly escaped death after being rushed to hospital.

Second hunger striker is taken to hospital

A second asylum seeker staging a hunger strike at Rochester Prison in Kent was taken to hospital yesterday after becoming ill.

Churches urge Howard to step in on hunger strike

Church leaders in England and Wales called on the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, to intervene in the asylum-seekers' hunger strike at Rochester Prison to avert "an immediate tragedy". The Conference of Religious in England and Wales condemned the situation involving asylum seekers as "inhumane".

Religious leaders plead for intervention in hunger strike

Leading figures from a host of religious orders in England and Wales yesterday called on the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, to intervene personally in the hunger strike being staged by asylum seekers at Rochester prison, to avert "an immediate tragedy".

Asylum seekers close to death

A group of asylum seekers who have gone on hunger strike may only have 72 hours to live, doctors warned yesterday.

Gross indecency

Michael Arditti convicts the '50s Establishment of vicious bigotry: Heterosexual Dictatorship by Patrick Higgins, Fourth Estate, pounds 18.99

OBITUARY : Beecher Moore

Beecher Moore was one of the backbones of racing dinghy development in this country and a respected influence on the international sailing scene for over half a century.

Obituary: Sir Eric Drake

Eric Drake, as chairman and chief executive of the British Petroleum Company, was in many ways the archetypal oil mogul of his generation. If he had self-doubts, he did not show them. Assertive, at times domineering, he preferred action to debate and was unafraid of confrontation. In his pomp, he ranked with ministers of state, and he would not play second fiddle even in the highest company.

Restoration kerfuffle

Melanie McGrath finds the pleasure-seeking Aphra Behn strangely familiar; The Secret Life of Aphra Behn by Janet Todd, Deutsch, pounds 25

Books: Impotence in Arcadia

THE SECRET LIFE OF APHRA BEHN by Janet Todd, Deutsch pounds 25

How plain Jane lives through her Hurt

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Dying with a vengeance

Also showing; DON'T FORGET YOU'RE GOING TO DIE Xavier Beauvois (18) A SUMMER'S TALE Eric Rohmer (U) MULTIPLICITY Harold Ramis (12) JANE EYRE Franco Zeffirelli (PG)

Books: In the prison of male fantasy

Margaret Atwood's new novel is a Gothic tale of sex and class. By Carole Angier; Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Bloomsbury, pounds 15.99

What a wonderful world

A walk through a desert inspired David Hamblin to create an American publication where all news is 'good' news. By Richard Kelly Heft
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