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

34-year-old Justin Bieber impersonator accused of abusing 12-year-old girl online

Authorities in Canada have accused a Justin Bieber impersonator of threatening and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in New Jersey on a video chat site.

Margareta Pagano: City aims to take the Burberry catwalk to Russia

Can London's regulators tame the Moscow bear?

Open Jaw: French support for SeaFrance

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Wife and daughters died in 'honour killing', court told

An Afghan immigrant accused of murdering a wife and three teenage daughters in what prosecutors have called an "honour killing" told his alleged accomplices that the newly-deceased women were "filthy and rotten children," adding: "may God's fury descend upon those girls".

Tom McNeeley: Boxer who took on Floyd Patterson for the world title

Thomas McNeeley, Jr, who has died of complications from a seizure at the age of 74, was a boxer who challenged Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight title.

Leader of Canada's opposition party dies

Jack Layton, the feisty leader of Canada's opposition party who was at the height of his political career, died today after a battle with cancer. He was 61.

Woman's body recovered from Niagara River

Authorities say a woman's body has been recovered from the Niagara River, not far from where a 19-year-old Japanese student was swept over Niagara Falls after tumbling into the water.

Woman swept over Niagara Falls

Authorities say a woman is presumed to have drowned after being swept over Niagara Falls when she fell from a railing along the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

Album: Azari & III, Azari & III (Loose Lips)

Set to induce Proustian rushes of amyl nitrate is the debut of this Toronto quartet and its loving homage to early house music. All diva froideur and drum machine snap, it nevertheless transcends pastiche via a pervasive air of murky ambiguity: throughout, euphoria is freighted with anxiety, while straight-arrowed floor-fillers give way to burrowing, curlicuing phantasms. "Tunnel Vision", in particular, is a hypnotic exercise in clubland claustrophobia.

Album: Heinz Hilliger, Induuchlen (ECM New Series)

Induuchlen demonstrates a different side of Heinz Holliger to the virtuoso interpretations of Bach on the recently-released Konzerte Und Sinfonien Für Oboe.

Eight injured in Ottawa stage collapse

The main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed last night during a Cheap Trick concert as a severe thunderstorm sent the musicians and thousands of fans running for cover. At least five people were injured, one seriously.

Maple turns hostile in bid for Toronto exchange

The consortium of Canadian financial firms bidding for the Toronto Stock Exchange has called on investors to reject the rival merger plan with the London Stock Exchange in a crunch vote at the end of this month.

Producers understate true strength of wines

The rise of mighty merlots, stonking sauvignons and potent pinots has been a defining feature of our recent love affair with wine. And as the taste has got ever bigger so too has the amount of alcohol in our glass. Now new research has revealed that the modern breed of stronger wines is even more powerful than is claimed on the label.

Turn over a new leaf in Canada's capital

City Slicker: Ottawa - This city has a reputation for being boring. Not any more. Amy Watkins offers a guide for new and returning visitors

One father's two-year hunt for the daughter abducted by her mother

As the number of children kidnapped by a parent soars by 40 per cent, the search for Pearl, now aged six, intensifies.
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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
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas