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Report: Three votes against stripping mayor's powers

A reporter for the Toronto Sun has tweeted that councillors voted 39 to just three in favour of reducing Mayor Rob Ford's powers.

Ford himself was one of the three to vote against the measure.


Crack-smoking mayor is receiving professional help

The embattled mayor of Toronto has said he is "receiving advice from people with expertise" as yet more allegations about his drink- and drug-fueled escapades stack up.

Rob Ford threatened to take legal action against new claims that he took cocaine and hosted prostitutes in his office, describing them as "outright lies".

But he was also back on the defensive in a hastily-organised press conference at which he apologised for making "graphic remarks" on a radio show.

ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

341 arrests after investigation into 'child exploitation site'

A total of 341 people around the world have been arrested following an investigation into a website that allegedly distributed videos and images of child exploitation, police in Canada said.

Toronto Police Service said they were able to "determine the identities of customers of this website from around the world" and helped to pass on intelligence to more than 50 countries.

No British police forces are mentioned in the press release, although the An Garda Síochána of Ireland is among 11 agencies singled out as having participated.

Police said the three-year investigation resulted in 386 children being rescued from child exploitation.

Mayor refuses to step aside after crack admission

There were tense scenes in Toronto City Council today as mayor Rob Ford resisted calls to take a break from his duties after admitting to smoking crack among other scandals.

Asked by one councillor whether he had bought illegal drugs in the last two years, Ford answered "Yes I have" but went on to insist he did not have a drink or drugs addiction.

Ford is facing pressure to stand aside after councillors voted almost unanimously for a petition calling on him to take a break from his duties "to address his challenges privately".

Six months ago, a newspaper reported it had acquired a video of him smoking crack. Last week, another video emerged that showed him in an expletive-laden rant threatening murder.

Watch: Footage shows Toronto mayor threatening murder

Toronto mayor 'considers treatment' after rant video

Rob Ford is considering undergoing treatment, according to the Globe and Mail, after a video emerged of the Toronto mayor threatening to kill someone.

Mr Ford apologised over the expletive-ridden video earlier today, adding that he had been "very inebriated".

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses media at City Hall in Toronto earlier this week. Credit: Chris Young/The Canadian Press

“He’s considering options,” Dennis Morris, the mayor’s lawyer and a long-time family friend, told The Globe and Mail in an interview Friday. “And we’ll stay tuned to see what he says in the next few days.”

Watch the video in full on the Toronto Star website


Toronto mayor's family: Scandals 'not affected his work'

The family of Rob Ford say he has a 'huge weight problem' Credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The family of embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford have spoken out in his defence, insisting that while he has made mistakes, "it isn't like it has affected his work."

Speaking to a local TV station, his mother Diane Ford said:

"It's not acceptable behaviour. He is the mayor of the city."

But she added that he had done good work for Toronto and would not resign.

“He’s got a huge weight problem and he knows that. And I think that is the first thing he has to attack," she said.

Toronto mayor: 'I'll rip his throat out'

The mayor of Toronto Rob Ford has been caught threatening to kill someone in footage obtained by a Canadian newspaper.

Rob Ford speaks about 'ripping someone's throat out' in newly released video footage. Credit: Toronto Star

The expletive-ridden footage, which appears to have been captured on a camera phone, shows a suit-wearing Ford pacing a room and waving his arms around as he discusses the violent act.

"I'm going to kill that f**king guy, I'm telling you it's first-degree murder...he dies or I die brother," the Mayor is heard to say.

"When he's down I'll rip his f**king throat out. I'll poke his eyes out," the 44-year-old continues.

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