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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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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?