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

Interiors, Brighton Festival

There’s domestic drama at Brighton's Theatre Royal where the stage is filled with a large window, behind which twinkles an invitingly lit dining room. This is the setting for Interiors, first seen at Edinburgh’s Traverse in 2009 and now, thankfully, revived.

Dr Vijay Mallya of Kingfisher Airlines at the Lanesborough Hotel, London, Britain - 04 Sep 2008

Billionaire on the rocks: flamboyant tycoon Vijay Mallya loses out in India's whisky war

Few of the customers who scramble to be served at Vijay Sharma's humble off-licence would describe themselves as whisky connoisseurs.

Sweet pill: Doctors say the drug could have huge benefits

Tests begin on new drink-busting drug

The potential value of a pill to battle the effects of intoxication is huge, both in health and in social terms

Young in North most likely to have alcohol problems

A north-south divide in the prevalence of alcohol-related problems has been revealed by a new study.

The Marriage Plot, By Jeffrey Eugenides

Smells like Regency teen spirit

House of Commons' drinking culture tackled

Commons staff are being ordered to top up MPs' glasses less frequently amid concerns over the drinking culture at Westminster.

Simon Calder: Save the safety lecture for the those who head to the Med

Sailing beyond the Arctic Circle is one of the few fast-growing sectors of the cruise industry. More ships are based at UK ports for the summer than ever, with many venturing to Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and beyond. A voyage to the far north is immensely appealing. In one sense an Arctic adventure is the ultimate day trip, because the summer sun will not fall beneath the horizon all summer. And a thousand miles beyond the tree line, tourists can confront some of the world's rawest edges from the comfort of a cruise-ship cocoon. Mountains that no human has ever climbed soar from the ocean. Thick veins of snow trickle from the peaks and fuel the glaciers that gouge through the rock in geology's perpetual power struggle.

Fixed drink price 'will save lives'

Plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing would save more than 1,000 lives each year, a report has claimed.

Children 'allowed to drink at 13'

The average age at which UK parents allow their children to have an alcoholic drink is 13, a new study has found.

About 80 per cent of alcohol consumed is now bought from shops

Introducing minimum alcohol price of 40p per unit would save 1,000 lives each year

Raising the price of ultra-cheap lager, gin and vodka will save more than 1,000 lives each year, according to new research today.

Drinks giants team up to head off ad regulation

Eight of Europe's biggest alcohol firms have united to launch new rules for their own advertising in an effort to head off tighter regulation.

Lady Gaga: A champion of gay rights. She took four gay members of the armed forces with her to the MTV awards to highlight the unfairness of the military's 'Dont Ask, Don't Tell' policy

Lady Gaga announces UK gig dates

Lady Gaga has announced two UK dates - when she will be supported by glam rockers The Darkness - as part of her world tour.

Height linked to ovarian cancer

Tall women are at greater risk of ovarian cancer, new research has shown.

Mystery of death case police chief

The Chinese police chief who had been investigating the death of a British businessman suspected of being a spy allegedly sought a secret meeting with British officials hours before he tried to defect to the US.

Alcohol may benefit heart patients says new study

Turning to drink can help men live longer after a first heart attack, a study has shown.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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