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

Laughing policemen: of the 343 local authorities assessed in the index, 278 are more peaceful now than they were ten years ago

Fall in violent crime: Britain - land of law and order

We’re constantly regaled with tales of our broken society. But a new report has revealed that violent crime is falling – and faster than in any other European country. Emily Dugan explains how it all went right

Paolo Di Canio celebrates during Sunderland's victory over Newcastle in the Premier League at St James' Park

Alan Pardew condemns crowd trouble following Newcastle's defeat to Sunderland

Supporters clashed in the city centre after the game

Parkinson's sufferers 'face abuse' because of symptoms

Parkinson's disease sufferers are being subjected to “intolerable levels of prejudice”, a charity has warned, after it was found that two in five of those afflicted with the disease have experienced discrimination because of their symptoms.

Rare case: The Philpotts were not typical of anything

On a one-way street to social inequality

Lashing out at the freakshow of Mick Philpott won't solve the problems of our overstretched welfare system

Jesse Ryder remains in a coma after being injured in an unprovoked late-night assault

Attack on Kiwi Ryder 'unprovoked' say witnesses

Sympathy was being expressed today for Jesse Ryder who remains in an induced coma with critical injuries after a seemingly unprovoked assault just a day before he was due to leave New Zealand for the Indian Premier League.

Carl Pistorius, right, and Henke Pistorius, the brother and father of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl pleads not guilty in female motorcyclist road death trial

Carl Pistorius, the sharp suited brother of Paralympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide for the death of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road collision.

Health campaigners have been pressing for tougher action on alcohol abuse

David Cameron 'ignoring compelling evidence' that dearer alcohol would save lives

David Cameron will be guilty of ignoring compelling medical evidence if he decides to abandon plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, the Government's own public health advisers warned today.

Independent MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce denies being an alcoholic after arrest for fight in parliamentary bar

The MP arrested for a fracas in Parliament on Thursday has denied being drunk at the time of the incident, and denied being an alcoholic.

Independent MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce, MP arrested for the second time over fracas: "I am not an alcoholic"

Incident at parliamentary karaoke night second arrest in two years

The main thing on Mother’s Day is to buy a gift. Not so, says Katy Guest, who has something more precious in mind

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The main thing on Mother's Day is to buy a gift. Not so, says Katy Guest, who has something more precious in mind

Olympian Oscar Pistorius stands following his bail hearing, as his brother Carl, centre, and father Henke look on

Oscar Pistorius set to fight stringent bail conditions

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will fight the stringent bail conditions set after he was charged with murdering his girlfriend, his defence team says.

Date set for Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech will be on Wednesday May 8, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

A nation of 'secret boozers': English people underestimate how much alcohol they drink

Studies show self-reported alcohol consumption accounts for only 40 to 60 per cent of sales

Going Barmy, by Paul Winslow

With the possible exception of Geoffrey Boycott, nothing seems to polarise opinion among English cricket supporters quite like the Barmy Army.

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