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Toronto mayor loses powers

Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been stripped of most of his remaining powers as he refuses to quit following revelations that he smoked crack cocaine and threatened to murder someone. During the debate he appeared to push a female councillor.

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Toronto mayor admits he has smoked crack cocaine

Police discovered a video on a hard drive which appears to show Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking a crack pipe Credit: Michelle Siu/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted he has smoked crack cocaine after a video emerged that purportedly showed him smoking a crack pipe.

Mr Ford said "I have made mistakes....Yes I have smoked crack cocaine", CP24 reports.

When asked about an earlier denial, the mayor said: "I wasn't lying. You didn't ask the correct questions".

He also denied he was addict and said the video was "probably" filmed about a year ago.

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