News Rob Ford was stripped of most of his remaining powers

The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre, alleges that the politician was behind an assault in a Toronto jail in March 2012

Mother Lindsay Salgueiro gives birth to twin girls born in different years

Baby Gabriela was born on the last day of 2013, just eight minutes before her sister Sophia was born on the first day of 2014

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Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford had to issue an apology after falsely claiming a reporter took photos of his children

Rob Ford writes humiliating apology after false claim reporter took photos of his children

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologised after he claimed a Canadian reporter was “lurking” around his house, climbing his fences and taking photos of his children.

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Despite a string of controversies, Rob Ford holds a higher approval rating than David Cameron or Barack Obama, according to a recent opinion poll

Toronto mayor Rob Ford has higher approval rating than Cameron and Obama despite crack smoking revelations

A recent poll has put Rob Ford’s approval rating at 42 per cent, higher than that enjoyed by David Cameron or Barack Obama

Toronto strips mayor Rob Ford of powers after oral sex TV rant

Mayor told journalists that he did not ask a female employee if he could 'eat her p***y' and later said he was getting professional help

Hundreds of people flocked to Toronto City Hall this week in
hopes of buying a bobblehead doll of Mayor Rob Ford

Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford claims he is ‘a role model for down and out kids’

Unless the provincial legislature changes the law, which is highly unlikely, Toronto’s City Council has no means to force Mr Ford to leave

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds a Rob Ford bobblehead doll at Toronto city hall

Video: Controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford releases bobblehead toy

Hundreds queue to buy a signed bobblehead doll of scandal-hit Toronto mayor Rob Ford

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Jay Cochrane: Tightrope walker who became a star in China when he made a 700-yard crossing of the Yangtze

Jay Cochrane was a tightrope walker who set several world records. His greatest achievement was in 1995 when he walked more than 700 yards over 400 feet above the Yangtze River in China before a crowd of 200,000 and a live TV audience of 100 million. The feat made him a star in China – he appeared on a Chinese stamp and a school was named in his honour.

Mayor Ford has yet to be charged with any offence

'I am not an addict': Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking from a crack pipe during 'drunken stupor'

Mr Ford has rejected calls for his resignation vowing to run for re-election in 2014

Jim Armitage: Chinese cash in as London loses out

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Three little letters on Hillary Clinton's Twitter bio send the world into a will she/won't she frenzy over the 2016 presidential elections

Could 'TBD' be a signal that Hillary Clinton wants to get back in the presidential race?

Rob Ford was elected in 2010 on a populist platform. He appears to be attempting to weather the scandal

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