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

Israel Folau is set for his international rugby union debut

British and Irish Lions 2013: Rugby league convert Israel Folau among trio of players making Australia debut

Medical team hand Rob Howley a 'massive boost' as George North is passed fit for Saturday

'Feeling like burning down some mosques in Portsmouth, anyone want to join me?': Woman avoids jail after post-Woolwich Facebook comments

Michaela Turner was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for six months

Kate Mosse is chair of the Women's Prize for Fiction board

I'll drink to that: Baileys announced as new sponsor of (formerly Orange) Women's Prize for Fiction

The winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction next year will be able to raise a glass of cream liqueur in celebration after Baileys stepped in to sponsor the award.

Stefan Millar and Johnathan MacKinnon

Johnathan MacKinnon and Stefan Millar found guilty of first murder in Scotland's Outer Hebrides since 1968

Attack started in row over a stolen bottle of Paco Rabanne aftershave

Alcohol problems soar in decade

Hospital admissions for people with alcohol problems have topped 200,000 for the first time, while increasing by 41 per cent over the last decade.

Prescriptions to treat alcoholism soar by almost 75% in last decade

Data also shows the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions has doubled

Indyplus videos: Film of the week trailers

Anthony Quinn has selected the  French-speaking movie Something in the Air and The Hangover Part III as the films of the week. Watch both trailers below:

Mark Bridger under cross-examination at Mold Crown Court

Mark Bridger tells Mold Crown Court he can't remember where he put April Jones' body

Bridger claims his memory went blank after he hit the five-year-old with a car

SABMiller capitalise on rising demand for premium lagers

Brewer SABMiller today grabbed an bigger slice of a shrinking UK beer market and flagged up a major push for its Pilsner Urquell brand.

Woman found alive after disappearing while swimming in sea off the Lincolnshire coast

Coastguard watch manager says 23-year-old 'has been very lucky'

The 'unhealthy' drinking culture of MPs isn't a private matter - it also impacts on public policy

Parliamentarians are as oblivious to the health risks of drinking alcohol as the general public and we have to ask what effect this is having on the nation's health

The BMA report

How UK children are paying the price for the economic downturn

'Where is there a minister responsible for children's issues?'

Kurtley Beale

Kurtley Beale set to be ruled out of Australia squad after entering rehab

Kurtley Beale’s chances of playing for Australia against the British and Irish Lions next month suffered a significant reverse yesterday when his club, the Melbourne Rebels, said the back would take an indefinite leave of absence from Super Rugby and enter a private health clinic.

Lipstick-gate: Controversial ban on stewardesses wearing red make-up on Turkish Airlines to be lifted

“Lipstick-gate” - the controversy over Turkish Airlines stewardesses being forbidden from wearing red cosmetics - has taken another twist with the carrier's boss calling the ban “a mistake”.

David Potts: 'Alcoholism is ugly and pernicious'

'Take a lesson from my book': David Potts, Private Eye 'Socialite of the Year' and councillor who laid bare his alcoholism, dies aged 30

Council leader pays tribute to 'immensely talented and highly educated young man'

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