Sport Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

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`I spent time in Oman, and found it to be the loveliest place on earth'

My life in travel: Sir Ranulph Fiennes

'I spent time in Oman, and found it to be the loveliest place on earth'

Two SAS soldiers die in Oman

Army's equipment exposed as unfit to fight desert war

National Audit Office reveals tanks, helicopters and rifles failed in Oman, while Europe is warned to increase military spending

One dollar is now worth $2m

AN 1804 SILVER dollar minted as a gift for the Sultan of Muscat was expected to attract record-breaking bids of up to $2m (pounds 1.3m) at auction last night.

Travel: Heat, dust and philosophy

City softy Jeremy Atiyah rides a camel, survives a storm and contemplates life as a nomad in the Oman desert

Obituary: Brigadier Andrew Massey

IN 1972 the Commanding Officer of 22 SAS, Lieut-Col Peter de la Billiere, asked one of his troop commanders, Captain Andrew Massey, to make a study of the regiment's role in counter-terrorism. Already an experienced soldier who had served with the Airborne Forces in Northern Ireland and the SAS in Oman, Massey concluded that what was needed was a self- contained assault force on permanent short-notice standby for deployment anywhere at any time. The plan was shelved.

For a little as

pounds 81

Market Report: Shares

ORIEL ROSE 9.5p to 102p as Oman National Holding Co said it was in talks to buy the insurance broker. The market talk is that an offer of around 125p will appear. Oriel has been in takeover talks on and off in recent times. At one time Aon, the US giant, was near to completing a deal.

Big in Oman but unknown in Oban

With the advent of BBC's World Service Television, Gavin Esler is never far from the spotlight - especially when he's on holiday

Letter: Whaling is out of control

GEOFFREY Lean ignores evidence that commercial whaling is out of control and uncontrollable ("Plenty more whales in the sea", 17 May). This year the Nor- wegians awarded themselves a quota of 671 minke whales, over double the number for 1993, when they restarted commercial whaling in defiance of the International Whaling Commission. They now want to turn back the clock to the days when they killed 2,000 whales annually - exactly the levels that led the IWC to declare it a protected stock.

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