Rob Ford was stripped of most of his remaining powers

Toronto city council strips Rob Ford of his powers as mayor…but he refuses to go quietly

Rob Ford’s chaotic and seemingly desperate attempt to remain in office appeared one step closer to its inevitable conclusion last night after he was stripped of most of his remaining powers.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with the French President Francois Hollande, right, said France was a ‘true friend’ in Tel Aviv

France’s transformation has put it front and centre in world affairs

The French have been robust in protecting what it considers to be French and, by extension, Western interests

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Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid (Getty)

An architectural puzzle: Why is Zaha Hadid building the Iraqi Parliament in Baghdad?

Although her entry only came third in the competition, Dame Zaha has been offered the top prize - how come?

Al-Qa'ida-linked Syrian rebels ask for 'understanding and forgiveness' after mistakenly decapitating the wrong person

In a gruesome video posted online earlier this week two men are shown displaying the head of a bearded man in front of a crowd of people

Baroness Warsi has responsibility for faith communities

Persecution threatens 'extinction' of Christianity in ancient homelands, warns Baroness Warsi

Christianity is threatened by extinction in some parts of the world where Christian communities are persecuted because they are a minority, a Government minister has warned.

he giant Rumaila oilfield, near Basra, produces a third of Iraq's oil output. The British security man allegedly at the centre of religious unrest works at a camp run by oil services group Schlumberger

Foreigners flee Iraq oil flare-ups: Workers leave after Shia fury erupts

At a time of tremendous religious significance for the Shia, the insensitive actions of a British security man appear to have sparked a major crisis

Bryan Adams’ book 'Wounded: The Legacy of War' shows the silent legacy of conflict

There is a rich history of popular musicians campaigning against war. Bryan Adams, the Canadian musician and photographer, has taken a unique approach to conflict, having created a book, Wounded: The Legacy of War, featuring a series of photographs of servicemen and women who “cheated death” in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tony Blair and George W. Bush at the former President's ranch in Crawford, Texas, in 2002

Chilcot Inquiry: Why should the conversations of Blair and Bush be made public?

No freedom of information law includes private communications between leaders

The abuse to Charlene White shows the issue of wearing a poppy has become massively overblown

Her reasons for not wearing one on-screen are eminently reasonable

Ross Barkley (left) walks with Adam Lallana during training at London Colney

England v Chile: Everton midfielder Ross Barkley hungry for chance to reserve his England place in Brazil

If he is unleashed at Wembley, and he delivers, the Everton man will have moved one step closer to a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad

British Army soldiers in Basra, southern Iraq, 2004

Transatlantic exchanges that helped take the West to war

In Sir John Chilcot’s diplomatic shorthand, they are the “difficult documents”. For the rest of us – those looking to brand Tony Blair and George Bush as war criminals, or those who believe the pair saved Iraq from the excesses of Saddam and the world from a potential WMD catastrophe – they are the communications that will reveal how close Washington and Whitehall were in the run-up to the 2003 war.

Tony Blair, right, with former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, left, and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, in 2003

Tony Blair kept Cabinet in the dark over Iraq 'deliberately' as ministers evaluated case for war in 2003

Lord Butler suggests former Prime Minister excluded members of the Government from the decision-making process

Syria's Kurds move towards autonomy with announcement of transitional government

Areas dominated by Kurds in the north-east of the country would be ruled by the new government

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