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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

Loss-making Sony to axe 10,000 jobs

Sony is to slash 10,000 jobs, or about 6% of its global workforce, and turn around its money-losing TV business to try to return to profit after four years in the red.

James Moore: Nokia's ringtone sounds like a dying lament

Outlook Nokia was once a dull Finnish industrial conglomerate. Perhaps it should have stayed that way. The problem with the technology industry is that unless you operate an effective monopoly à la Microsoft, you're always running the risk that in the next six months to a year someone else will come up with better, brighter and (crucially) cooler products than you have.

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Please, sir... Schoolchildren 'given smaller portions' to balance books

School meal portions are being shrunk, leaving children to go hungry, teachers and parents have warned.

RSPCA to cut more than 130 jobs

The RSPCA warned today that it will have to shed more than 130 jobs in the face of rising costs and increasing numbers of animals being abandoned during the economic downturn.

Versace back in the black... and in vogue again

Versace, the Italian fashion house, is back in vogue and back in the black after a three-year restructure.

Versace smart again after restructuring

Versace, the Italian fashion house, is back in vogue and back in the black after a three-year restructure.

Market report: Unilever falls out of favour for first time in 17 years

Seventeen years is rather a long time. 1995 saw the release of Braveheart, the collapse of Barings Bank and the departure of Robbie Williams from Take That. Perhaps less notably, it was also the last time Investec did not believe Unilever shares were worth snapping up – until now.

Rangers demise would be a disaster, says SFA chief

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has described the prospect of Rangers going into liquidation as “a disaster”.

Rangers wages talks 'postponed'

Administrators yesterday postponed planned meetings with some Rangers players' agents despite being close to a wage agreement the previous night, Press Association Sport understands.

Rangers’ fans show their defiance at the club entering administration during the 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday

Rangers player cuts delayed as administrators seek quick sale

Administrators tonight warned Rangers would not finish the season unless they secured a quick sale or implemented “very severe” cost-cutting measures.

Gregg Wylde set to leave Rangers amid cost-cutting

Kyle Bartley left Rangers' training ground this afternoon saying talks over the players' futures remained ongoing.

After the rage, the resignation: Greeks confront the dawn of an austere new era

Greeks feel angry and resentful but also resigned as they wait for the rescue package that will determine their future to be agreed in Brussels. Their sense of resignation comes from the knowledge that Greece's influence on the final shape of the bailout is limited. Street protests have died away for now because they are seen as ineffectual, and trade unionists and newly impoverished middle-class protesters have been frightened by the violence and burnings accompanying the latest big demonstrations. People are also influenced by the government's insistence that Greece has no alternative but to agree to the eurozone's harsh terms.

Digital powers Reed Elsevier

The digital revolution continues at publisher and events organiser Reed Elsevier, where print is down to just 22 per cent of turnover.

Chips are down as Britain's diners lose taste for eating out

Bankruptcies rise by a third across the sector as people tighten their belts and eat at home

Investment view: Standard Life's a safe bet but room for improvement

Our view: Hold. Share price: 219.8p (3.1p)

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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