Vachon in action near the end of his career; he became notorious for his signature ‘Piledriver’

Obituary: Maurice 'Mad Dog' Vachon

Legendary ‘heel’ who won gold at the Empire Games and went on to contest more than 13,000 bouts

The technetium-99m isotope is used in gamma cameras operated by nuclear medicine technologists

Reactor closure puts medical scans at risk as shortage of radioactive material could jeopardise patients’ health

Doctors are searching for an alternative to key element used in diagnosis

Despite a string of controversies, Rob Ford holds a higher approval rating than David Cameron or Barack Obama, according to a recent opinion poll

Toronto mayor Rob Ford has higher approval rating than Cameron and Obama despite crack smoking revelations

A recent poll has put Rob Ford’s approval rating at 42 per cent, higher than that enjoyed by David Cameron or Barack Obama

Simon Read: An Australian 'frozen' pensioner speaks out

My report last week about 92-year ex-army veteran Vic Williams prompted a lot of response from readers. To remind you, Vic made a video for David Cameron - you'll find it here bit.ly/1d1mQ3t. In it he raises the issue of the pensions injustice that leaves almost half of our British pensioners who live abroad facing a frozen state pension while the rest get annual increases as if they still remained in this country.

Environmental groups, including Greenpeace and WWF, have walked out of U.N. climate talks in Warsaw

Charities quit UN climate talks over lack of action

More than 800 activists from NGOs such as Greenpeace and Oxfam as well as trade unions and social movements have staged a mass walkout of the UN climate talks in Warsaw in protest of the lack of action at the conference.

WestJet, based in Calgary, is extending its domestic network across the Atlantic to Ireland

Canadian airline WestJet sparks air fares war across the Atlantic

Calgary-based WestJet extends domestic network to Dublin, treading on toes of Ryanair

Vancouver bans doorknobs - in pursuit of 'universal design'

City law now says all new construction projects must include lever-handled doors

Cyclists listening to music are at greater risk of injury, according to the study

After cyclists' deaths, TfL moves headphones ban a step closer

London-based institution to study their impact on safety

Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday

British number one Laura Robson links up with new coaching duo

American coach Nick Saviano and Jesse Witten will work with the 19-year-old

A heroin user prepares the drug in Zhukovsky, near Moscow

Krokodil in Canada? Ontario reports three potential cases of flesh-eating drug

Health workers have reported patients being hospitalised with gangrenous wounds

Rocky road: the resort of Banff

Deals of the week

Under £200... Cheap seats to Europe

Eurostar's usual lowest fare of £69 return to Paris, Lille, Brussels or Disneyland Paris falls to £54 for the first few weeks of 2014, for travel in a group of two, three or four. Sales open tomorrow and run until 2 December. Prices are for travel between 6 January and 12 February. eurostar.com

Rob Ford is digging his way from infamy to celebrity

Reality shows, public appearances, commercial endorsements: that's the way it goes for someone who’s captured the headlines

Russia bails more Greenpeace activists

Nine activists told they would be bailed after St Petersburg court hearings

Despite extreme weather and new evidence, prospects of a deal at this year's climate change conference look bleak

Paris 2015 is the big one – that is when nearly 200 governments around the world have pledged to agree the legally-binding carbon-reduction targets

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‘Can we really just turn away?’

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