Rob Ford was stripped of most of his remaining powers

Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford sued by his sister’s ex-boyfriend for allegedly having him beaten in jail to prevent him exposing ‘illicit behaviours’

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

Justin Bieber arrives at a police station in Toronto

Justin Bieber charged with assault of Toronto limo driver

Pop star to appear in court on 10 March over allegations

Rob Earnshaw

Transfer news: Rob Earnshaw set to return to England after Toronto deal expires

Former Wales star looks set to return to England after leaving the MLS

The heat is on: Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford is alleged to have offered suspected gang members thousands for a video which shows him smoking crack cocaine.

Rob Ford admits he ‘had been drinking’ after he was captured on camera rambling in Jamaican patois in a fast food restaurant

Toronto’s illustrious mayor was captured on camera putting on a bizarre patois monologue for customers at the eatery in the Canadian city

Pope Francis addresses ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican on January 13, 2014

Pope Francis removes four cardinals in Vatican bank shake-up

Pope Francis continues his shake-up of the Catholic Church after sacking four cardinals from the Vatican Bank commission on Wednesday.

Tottenham will get £8m for Jermain Defoe and will play a friendly with Toronto in July

Transfer news: World Cup 2014 worries almost hit move from Tottenham to Toronto, admits Jermain Defoe

The England striker remains hopeful of inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad

Jermain Defoe celebrates after scoring for Tottenham against Crystal Palace

Jermain Defoe remains hopeful of World Cup 2014 inclusion despite switching Tottenham for Toronto

The striker says the most important thing is to be playing regularly and scoring goals

Jermain Defoe arrives in Toronto after agreeing switch from Tottenham: 'It's a bloody big deal'

The England striker is due to join up with the MLS side at the end of February

Jermain Defoe celebrates after scoring for Tottenham against Crystal Palace

Tottenham 'will miss' Jermain Defoe, admits Mousa Dembele after striker completes deal to Toronto

The England striker scored against Crystal Palace, but will soon be playing in the MLS

Jermain Defoe is reported to have agreed a move to Toronto FC after struggling for first-team opportunities at Tottenham

Transfer news: Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe confirms switch to Toronto FC, but England international could return for short loan spell

England international ends months of speculation over his future as he heads across the Atlantic to join the MLS franchise

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds a Rob Ford bobblehead doll at Toronto city hall

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to run for re-election despite crack scandal

Scandal-hit Toronto Mayor to run for re-election despite crackgate

A lineman works on connecting fallen wires in Michigan

Tens of thousands without power this Boxing Day in Canada and US

Authorities warn of carbon monoxide poisoning as two die after using gas generator in storm 

Rob Ford was stripped of most of his remaining powers

'Women love money': Rob Ford's wife is in for a thoughtful gift

Rob Ford just can't help himself, it would seem. It's another day and we have another tidbit of controversy from the Toronto Mayor.

Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford had to issue an apology after falsely claiming a reporter took photos of his children

Rob Ford writes humiliating apology after false claim reporter took photos of his children

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologised after he claimed a Canadian reporter was “lurking” around his house, climbing his fences and taking photos of his children.

Video: WestJet Christmas miracle - Airline surprises passengers with festive stunt

Passengers were left startled when they were presented with Christmas gifts they had asked for before boarding a flight

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