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

Huge profits at JP Morgan boost hopes for US recovery

Mortgage originations climbed strongly compared to last year

Ally McBeal, left, and Kavanagh QC

You are not Rumpole of the Bailey: As more people represent themselves in court, the Bar Council has issued some pressing advice

People who are forced to represent themselves in court as legal aid budgets are cut should not attempt to imitate the fast-talking lawyers they see on television, according to a new "idiot's guide".

Investment View: Hold on to Astra as new chief cuts costs to do deals

If Mr Soriot does get it right the pay off could be very big. But keep a close watch on developments

Companies would hold back part of bosses' pay for five years under Labour plans

Company bosses would not receive 30 per cent of their salary for five years under a future Labour Government in an attempt to encourage more long-term decision-making in British business.

Dulux owner AkzoNobel is hit as painters take a break

Dulux owner AkzoNobel saw its balance sheet painted red in 2012, as fewer people redecorated their homes across Europe.

Rio Tinto's Sam Walsh vows to focus on shareholder value

Rio Tinto's new chief executive, Sam Walsh, promised an "unrelenting" focus on shareholder value as he unveiled the FTSE 100 miner's first-ever full-year loss, of $3bn (£1.9bn).

A memorial gallery of patients who died at Stafford General Hospital on the wall at the headquarters of campaign group Cure the NHS

NHS's darkest day: Five more hospitals under investigation for neglect as report blames 'failings at every level' for 1,200 deaths at Stafford Hospital

Inspections to be carried out at hospitals with high death rates after report reveals catastrophic failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust

Market Report: Buoyant BT rings a bell with investors

Investors who hung up on BT shares earlier this week came running back to the telecoms giant yesterday after its fourth-quarter results were way better than expected. The forecasts earlier in the week were so low that even BT's house broker, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, decided to move to neutral from buy.

The ‘Save Lewisham’ protests have led to a compromise

Protesters score partial victory for Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department

Protestors who took to the streets to save a south London hospital has scored a partial victory. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today  that Lewisham Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department has been saved from total closure.

Market Report: BT disconnected as investors hang up

Wilton Fry and his telecoms team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch have hung up on their love affair with BT. Mr Fry has been a fan of the telecoms giant for more than three and a half years but that's all over now. He switched his rating of the stock to neutral from buy and gave the shares a price target of 265p.

Eden project in Cornwall. Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million

Eden Project to axe up to 70 jobs

Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million.

Goldman lifts pay to £250,000 for 2012 after tripling income

Goldman Sachs, the US investment bank which this week retreated from a proposal to delay UK bonus payments to gives its bankers the benefit of lower tax rates, today said it was spending a smaller slice of its revenues on paying employees – but high earnings and cutbacks in the headcount meant the average Goldman banker would book nearly $400,000 (£250,000) for 2012.

On right path at Marshalls despite the rain

Marshalls, the company that provided paving for the London Olympics, saw revenues fall 7 per cent in 2012 as bad weather put paid to many people's plans to build patios or drives.

Theo Fennell reduces its losses by half

Theo Fennell, purveyor of bling to celebs such as Elton John and Kate Beckinsale, has cut its interim losses by more than half.

Postal Service lettercarrier Raymond Hou delivers mail along his route

US postal service posts annual loss of $15.9bn

The US Postal Service on Thursday reported a record annual loss of $15.9 billion in the past fiscal year, prompting renewed calls for Congress to pass legislation to help.

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture