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

Costs force Carlsberg to backtrack on targets

Carlsberg, the world’s fourth-largest brewer, today scrapped its medium-term profit margin targets, blaming unpredictable raw material and energy costs and increased investment in its supply chain.

The days of journalists having big, boozy lunches are gone

Today's journalist is more likely to go jogging at lunchtime than to have a couple of bottles of red

Police force cleared over death in custody

A police force has been cleared of any fault following the death of a man in custody.

Paul Gascoigne needs 'immediate help', says former agent

Fears for star after worrying public appearance

Jesse Ryder has had drink issues

Blow for Black Caps as Jesse Ryder opts to continue his exile

The New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has confirmed he will continue his self-imposed international exile by ruling himself out of the forthcoming tour by England.

Editorial: A liberal gamble too far

Betting is being driven by the internet and it is easier than ever to lose everything

Only half of police officers would report colleague for 'beating up suspect attempting to escape arrest'

Only half of police officers would report a colleague for beating up a suspect for attempting to escape arrest, a study into police ethics revealed today.

Amy Winehouse joined the '27 club' in July of last year

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A second hearing into the singer's death has returned a verdict of death by 'misadventure'

Mo Farah crossing the finishing line to win gold in the 5,000m final

Farewell 2012, the year Britain found its confidence

We may not have known it, but we are a confident nation

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock

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On Boxing Day, like every other day of the year, the tourists descended on Uluru, the great sandstone monolith formerly known as Ayers Rock, photographing it and ascending its steep slopes, despite polite signs asking them not to climb it.

The winter vomiting bug Norovirus threatens to ruin the holiday for tens of thousands of people this year

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The winter vomiting bug Norovirus threatens to ruin the holiday for tens of thousands of people this year – but with a little care the chances of succumbing to it can be reduced. By Jeremy Laurance

Vomiting, fights, blood, tears...The hell of working Black Friday

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Somalian rapist still serving time in Lincoln prison nine years after the end of his sentence

A Somalian prisoner is still serving time inside Lincoln prison nine years after the end of his sentence, inspectors reveal in a damning report today into the overcrowded city-centre Victorian jail.

Police make 300 arrests in crackdown on licensed premises

Police made almost 300 arrests and seized 61 vehicles and substantial amounts of tobacco and alcohol during a 48-hour crackdown on licensed premises across the capital.

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