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

The business on...David Montgomery, Ex-chief executive, Mecom

Ex-chief executive?

Yes, Mr Montgomery left the newspaper publisher yesterday – "with immediate effect" as Mecom put it.

Top tips for cutting costs in the New Year

The streets are littered with the remnants of Christmas – browning pine trees and binbags bursting with tinsel and shredded wrapping paper.

David Prosser: Is the stock market really heading for a record high in 2011?

Outlook It may be the festive spirit, or the optimism with which many people look forward to the fresh start of a new year, but the final few weeks of December are very often marked by a decent run for the stock market. So it is proving in 2010: on Christmas Eve, the FTSE 100 Index closed back above the 6,000 mark for the first time in 30 months, and the market is holding on to the gains of the year.

BA crews voting over new industrial action

British Airways cabin crew started voting today on whether to take fresh industrial action in their long-running dispute with the airline.

BA handed notice of new cabin crew strike vote

The union representing British Airways cabin crew today gave the airline formal seven days notice of its intention to hold a fresh strike ballot in its long-running dispute with the company.

Investment Column: Stay on board as Stagecoach keeps rolling

Carillion; Kesa

Revamped BFI to take over from UK Film Council

The British Film Institute (BFI) is to become the new champion for British film, inheriting the funding responsibilities of the UK Film Council and ending a period of uncertainty for the industry.

Union fury over BA member suspension

Union leaders today expressed anger at the suspension of a member of British Airways cabin crew after she collected contributions for colleagues facing disciplinary action as a result of strikes earlier this year.

Caught on camera: 150 years of life in Britain

Like flicking through a family album, perusing a photographic archive of people and events throws up forgotten gems and moments of affectionate nostalgia. And the occasional embarrassment.

Halfords stays on track with half-year rise

Halfords weathered the impact of warehouse problems and poor sales of bicycles yesterday as it revealed a 13 per cent improvement in half-year profits.

The Business On... Leo Quinn, Chief executive, Qinetiq

The boss of the boffins?

Carillion steps up cost-cutting effort

Carillion, the construction and support services group, is to slash its supplier base from 25,000 to just 5,000, in an effort to save £140m a year by 2013.

Chelsea slash academy deals but deny Wilkins was victim of cost-cutting

Chelsea are taking a hard line over contract negotiations with a number of their academy stars including Gaël Kakuta and Fabio Borini who are still waiting to learn what kind of terms they will be offered when their existing professional deals expire at the end of the season.

Abramovich sanctioned Wilkins' exit from Chelsea

Assistant pays price for last season's Inter defeat in show of strength from owner

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.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones