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Morning Briefing: Toronto mayor gets his day in court

Mayor Rob Ford arrives at his office in Toronto November 26, 2012.  The mayor of Toronto, Canada's largest city, was ordered removed from office on Monday after a judge found him guilty of breaking conflict-of-interest laws. In a 24-page ruling, Ontario Provincial Judge Charles Hackland ruled Mayor Ford acted wrongly when he voted with the city council to scrap a fine he had incurred for accepting donations for his football foundation from lobbyists.

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A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe's news desk on Dec. 5, 2012

Should he stay or should he go?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will get his day in court – and a stay if he's lucky. The embattled mayor is seeking a stay this morning that will allow him to remain in office while he appeals the conflict of interest case that cost him his job. Legal experts expect Mr. Ford to get the stay, which would set the stage for an appeal likely in early January. Globe columnist Marcus Gee handicaps the possible outcomes for the Mayor.

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This is definitely not the Queen calling

The British hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge was pranked by an Australian radio station who made a call impersonating the Queen and asking for an update on her condition. The woman making the call was told by a member of the nursing staff that Kate "hasn't had any retching with me and she's been sleeping on and off." Here's an audio recording of the call.

At least they're talking

Long-suffering hockey fans have at least a glimmer of hope. A day of discussions to end the season-threatening NHL lockout yielded enough progress to generate some happy talk from both sides Tuesday – and another day of talks today. A handful of owners and players – including Penguins captain Sidney Crosby – shuttled between rooms at a Manhattan hotel in a marathon session, as commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr excused themselves in hopes of breaking the 12-week lockout.

Photographer defends gruesome actions in subway death

The freelance photographer who has been widely criticized over the images he captured of a man moments before he was struck and killed by a New York subway car defended his actions today. In a first-person account of the tragedy in the New York Post, R. Umar Abbasi said he heard gasping, a body fly onto the tracks out of the corner of his eye and began snapping photos hoping the driver would notice the flash and "be able to stop." The Post first published the images Tuesday.

Mystery surrounds suicide of Serbian ambassador

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There's still no clear explanation for what drove Serbia's ambassador to NATO to throw himself off a parking garage platform, surrounded by his colleagues. Branislav Milinkovic, 52, was at Brussels Airport to meet a delegation to a NATO summit there when he suddenly walked across to a barrier, climbed over and jumped off. A former journalist, he is survived by a wife and 6-year-old son.

Typhoon death toll climbs

The death toll from Typhoon Bopha keeps climbing – more than 270 people are now confirmed dead in the storm that hammered the southern Philippines. The toll is expected to climb as rescuers move into remote, hard-to-reach areas that have been hit by landslides and floods.

Rival protests in Cairo

Protesters from both sides of the debate over Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's controversial decrees are staging rival demonstrations outside the presidential palace today in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood called on supporters of Mr. Morsi to show up to counter his opponents. Mr. Morsi returned to the palace today, one day after fleeing when it came under siege.

Obama speaks on averting 'fiscal cliff'

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The so-called fiscal cliff budget crisis is back in the spotlight today as U.S. President Barack Obama renews his case for tax increases on wealthy Americans in a speech to a business group.

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