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

Yell stock plunges after poor sales

Shares in Yell dropped by a fifth yesterday after the Yellow Pages's publisher reported an accelerating slide in quarterly sales.

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.

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.

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.

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British Airways has agreed to reinstate travel perks withdrawn from striking cabin crews earlier this year as it tries to settle a damaging industrial dispute with staff.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