Refugee death minister quits

BELGIUM'S government was in crisis yesterday after the interior minister tendered his resignation in response to a wave of public protests about a young Nigerian immigrant who died when police tried to forcibly deport her.

Belgian outcry over refugee death on plane

AN INQUIRY has been launched into the death of a young west African refugee who was allegedly handcuffed and in leg irons when a cushion was used to silence her screams as 11 Belgian police attempted to deport her.

From the miracle of the Princess of Wales there flows a true wonder

"HAVE you seen those new Camilla stamps?" said the man at the bar the other night.

Football: Jamaica fall at final hurdle in Gold Cup

Around the world

TV Review: Innocents Lost

The children of Guatemala turn to glue as a matter of course to deaden the hunger and the blackness which assaults them every day ... then the local police `tidy' the streets, and respectable folk turn their backs when four policemen descend upon a child in public and kick him to death.

Congo move on massacre inquiry

Facing a United Nations ultimatum to co-operate with a massacre investigation team, a Congo-Zaire official insisted that the mission already had full access to the country.

West Africa: everything under the sun, oh yes, and the voodoo

Ghana has much to offer, but if it's pygmies, lions, volcanoes or voodoo festivals you're after, then you should head for Togo, Benin or Cameroon.

Domecq buys sandwich chain

Allied Domecq yesterday announced plans to expand further its fast food business in the US by paying $50m (pounds 30m) in cash for Togo's, a chain of 200 franchised sandwich shops in California with an annual turnover $120m.

A woman's place is in the House

Whoever wins the election in France, the number of female MPs is expected at least to double, writes John Lichfield

The sex war in black and white

As the US army is shaken by charges - and shock denials - of sexual assault John Carlin asks: can men and women soldiers ever really fight side by side?

Sexual abuse scandal hits US Army

Questions are now being asked about the basic wisdom of mixing the sexes in the military


For centuries, girls as young as two have been given to priests in Ghana for life in payment for the crimes of their ancestors. Although some powerful men support the practice, opposition to it is growing

United States grants asylum to a woman from Togo

The United States has granted asylum to a woman from Togo who said she fled her country for fear of being subjected to genital mutilation. The ruling, by the Board of Immigration Appeals, in favour of 19-year-old Fauziya Kazinga, sets an important precedent.

Obituary: Uno Chiyo

The novelist and kimono designer Uno Chiyo was an enchantingly vivacious old lady who occasionally appeared on Japanese television wearing unusually classic kimono, old-fashioned hairstyles and thick pebble glasses. It was easy to see what a beauty she must have been in her youth, and to understand why so many men - most of them quite unworthy of her - fell under her spell.

Female mutilation case tests US courts

Asylum bid: Togo woman's appeal for sanctuary from painful tribal custom divides judiciary
Pro-Russia rebels guard a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 crash in Torez, Ukraine
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Child's play: letting young people roam outdoors directly contradicts the current climate
lifeHow much independence should children have?
Arts and Entertainment
Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
booksFind out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Sign here, please: Magna Carta Island
propertyYours for a cool £4m
Arts and Entertainment
Struggling actors who scrape a living working in repertory theatres should get paid a 'living wage', Sir Ian McKellen has claimed
Skye McCole Bartusiak's mother said she didn't use drink or drugs
peopleActress was known for role in Mel Gibson film The Patriot
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Damon Albarn is starting work on a new West End musical
artsStar's 'leftfield experimental opera' is turning mainstream
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Paul and his father
artsPaul Carter wants to play his own father in the film of his memoirs
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Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor