News The latest scandal to hit The Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, is an alleged video of him smoking crack cocaine that’s been seen by three journalists who all identified the Mayor

Another day, another embarrassing anecdote about Toronto’s illustrious mayor Rob Ford

BP attacked for a 'culture of complacency' in oil spill hearing

Commission co-chairman says implicated companies in need of 'top-to-bottom' reform

Hospital inquiry to explore 'every nook and cranny'

A public inquiry into major failings at an NHS trust will "explore every relevant nook and cranny" in a bid to find out why appalling standards of care were allowed to continue, the lawyer leading the probe said today.

Should under-fives be taught to read and write?

'Learning through play' has long been the key phrase in nursery education. Now, there's concern that a government review could see children pushed into formal lessons too soon.

Cobham shares dip over US delays

Cobham spooked investors last night after warning that US contract delays would weigh on full-year sales, casting a cloud over growth prospects for the remainder of this year.

BA to reinstate staff travel perks

British Airways has agreed to reinstate travel perks withdrawn from striking cabin crews earlier this year as it tries to settle a damaging industrial dispute with staff.

BA cabin crew to vote on deal to end dispute

British Airways cabin crew are to vote on a proposed deal aimed at ending their long-running dispute, it was revealed today.

Leading article: Can they cut without killing the recovery?

Come Wednesday, the country will finally know what awaits it, when the Chancellor announces the results of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review. Expectations, it is fair to say, are doom-laden. The extent to which the UK has been living beyond its means is well known and well understood. That at least some of our woes can be laid at the bankers' doors does not alter the reality that almost everyone will take a hit.

Dundee fate to be revealed

Dundee's situation is set to become clearer today after a press conference with administrator Bryan Jackson was called for this afternoon.

Ireland takes a gamble on cutting its deficit

While its government is still bailing-out banks, there's the small matterof a €3bn shortfall to take into account. Deirdre Hipwell reports

TV licence fee to be frozen for two years

The TV licence fee is to be frozen for at least a year due to the economic pressures on viewers, it was announced today.

Next hails 'robust' trading performance

Fashion chain Next today posted "robust" half-year results after cost cutting and a focus on margins helped profits rise 15% in testing conditions.

Blackwell hands ownership to employees

Privately-owned book chain Blackwell plans to follow in the footsteps of department store John Lewis and hand ownership of the company to its staff, it was revealed today.

Standard Life cuts 600 jobs in £100m cost-cutting drive

The Scottish insurance giant Standard Life will axe up to 600 jobs over the next 15 months as part of efforts to cut £100m from the company's costs by the end of next year.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links