News Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford had to issue an apology after falsely claiming a reporter took photos of his children

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologised after he claimed a Canadian reporter was “lurking” around his house, climbing his fences and taking photos of his children.

New Orleans' hurricane drill gets first dry run

The Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, led the city in a series of emergency drills and mock evacuations yesterday ahead of the hurricane season. Meteorologists have warned that the coming storm season could include six major storms.

Who at the 'Telegraph' will survive Monday's deadline?

When the crunch comes in the 'Telegraph' cull, the question of who stays or goes will be complicated

Matthew Norman's Media Diary

In seeking a point of comparison for the photo published last Friday, it seems there is no escaping the outer limits of hyperbole. Odysseus making it home to Ithaca after 20 years away, Muhammad Ali standing triumphantly over the outstretched body of George Foreman, the Prodigal Son sitting down with his father for that roast beef lunch, Dirty Den returning to Walford with a throatily insouciant, "'Ello, Princess"... Do any of these comebacks quite do justice to the snap of Alastair Campbell striding towards No 10 last week - smart, blue, A4 notebook in left hand; right hand itching to form itself into a fist - for an election planning meeting? No one emerges from this arrangement with anything but credit. Considering his frantic schedule (that vital crusade against media cynicism and dishonesty, for instance, and training to be the British Lions' kit man in New Zealand), it's tremendous of Ali to carve out the time. As for the PM, it's a tribute to the acuteness of his political antennae that he wants to be so closely associated with a man who did so much to safeguard his reputation as a pretty straight kind of guy. "Britain: Forward not Back" is the fiendishly clever slogan for Labour's new poster campaign... and how better to drum home this idea of leaving the grubby past behind than recalling Ali to the centre of the sofa-huggers' network. As for the Tories, far be it from us to offer the warring factions at Central Office an idea. But footage of Alastair giving his triumphal post-Hutton press conference and storming into the Channel 4 studio could refresh the most lacklustre election broadcast.

Media: They knew the axe would fall. But they didn't expect a bloodbath

Up to 300 people may lose their jobs in the biggest newspaper cull of recent times. Sales are falling and `The Times' is breathing down its neck. Could it be any worse at Telegraph towers? `Oh yes,' shell-shocked staff tell Vincent Graff

'Spectator' directors face cull

This is shareholder democracy in action

The business implications

Press: The lady vanishes: how Barbara Amiel signed off

How do you fire the wife of the boss? Sholto Byrnes on the exit of Lady Black from 'The Daily Telegraph'

Black hit by $1.2bn 'racketeer' lawsuit

Conrad Black, the disgraced owner of The Daily Telegraph, will be formally accused of racketeering tomorrow as the newspaper group Hollinger International dramatically raises its claim for damages against him, to $1.2bn.

Lord Black to appeal

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