Independent Plus People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Death of an ill-informed hardware salesman

Internet retailing is not limited to books and CDs. More and more people are going online to purchase new computers, with Dell selling $3m worth every day.

Insurance firm dropped black man's image from publicity

A top UK life insurer was yesterday accused of racial bias after replacing a black man's picture on a brochure cover with the image of a white woman. As Nic Cicutti and Tony Bonsignore report, the affair has rekindled the row over Ford's alleged "ethnic cleansing" of black faces from a car promotion guide.

Straight down the middle: a formula for success

After concentrating on personal consumers and big corporations, computer companies are going after the middle market. Roger Trapp talks to two direct suppliers about their strategies

Football: Norwegian dwells on Dell

Southampton are still waiting to discover if Petter Rudi will join their growing collection of Norwegians at The Dell. The midfielder was in Southampton over the weekend for transfer talks and he watched Saints' dismal home defeat by Bolton before heading home.

Italians mourn for murderer turned martyr

A bizarre media campaign has elevated a US killer (right) to national hero, reports Andrew Gumbel

Italy pleads for death row inmate who captured the nation's soul

Joseph O'Dell is just another death row inmate in his native America, the 44th to be killed this year if his scheduled execution goes ahead in the small hours of this morning. But in Italy the convicted murderer is a national martyr, a patron saint of unjust causes.

Who protects PCs best?

More than 1 in 10 of desktop systems are `dead on arrival', a survey found.

TONIGHT: Preview of Stir Fry

Stir Fry (8.30pm C4) Should bad food in prisons be part of the punishment? Chef Antony Worrall Thompson (he of capital eateries Dell'Ugo and 190 Queensgate) doesn't think so - and also believes that the meagre daily food ration of pounds 1.37 per inmate can be spent on something more interesting and nutritious than spuds and porridge. To that end, he knocks up lunch for some of the luckier lags at the category "C" Wymott prison. Heaven knows what it all proves, but Lisa Harney's film is an interesting primer on nosh in the nick.

Football: Exit Souness with McMenemy in tow

Southampton may have saved their Premiership status - but they have lost their manager and their director of football.

The Flash that struck the City

Gordon Brown has learnt from the ghosts of chancellors past, says Jack O'Sullivan

Bytes: BT bandwidth breakthrough

BT has come up with a technique which it claims can use more of the 99.99 per cent of optic-fibre capacity that is currently unused, and is applying the changes to its infrastructure backbone. As a result of work at its R&D labs at Martelsham Heath, BT reckons it can provide near- infinite bandwidth for its telecoms infrastructure by using three key advances: wave division multiplexing (WDM), optical switching and optical amplification. WDM is already used in the US, where the longer distances involved make laying new fibre more expensive. BT, which has been developing WDM for 15 years, has found too expensive to use. A current trial in East Anglia is using eight-channel WDM - as well as optical amplification, which enhances signal speed by not having the time delay of digital amplifiers which wastefully convert light to digital and return the signal to light. When combined with WDM, optical amplification has the advantage of being able to amplify all the channels at the same time, saving time and increasing available bandwidth. Optical switching increases the ease of network management as signals can be re-routed, and damaged or overloaded parts of the network can switch to low-traffic routes in real time.

Football: Not at the races? A stewards' inquiry would have been a more appropriate analogy at The Dell

It seldom occurs to football supporters that managers cannot be held entirely responsible for the team's performance. "We weren't at the races today," Harry Redknapp said, unable to explain West Ham's serious loss of momentum.

Bowls: Allcock exits in surprise indoor defeat

Tony Allcock, the world champion, lost in the All-England Indoor Singles Championship in the first round at Melton Mowbray yesterday.

Football: Liverpool accept gift

Southampton 0 Liverpool 1

Obituary: Tristan Keuris

The Dutch composer Tristan Keuris was a big man in all senses: over six foot tall, with a crop of long hair, and a lived-in face; and he was big enough in his art to choose a path which he believed in, regardless of current fashion or dogma.
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