News Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard. The Met has been accused of failing the firearms officers who fatally wounded Mark Duggan following this week's verdict

The Metropolitan Police has been accused of failing the firearms officers who fatally wounded Mark Duggan by showing “indifferent” support for them in the wake of this week’s inquest verdict.

Alinghi catamaran airlifted through the Alps

The Alinghi catamaran which will defend the America's Cup next February was airlifted from its Lake Geneva home down the Rhone and through the Alps today to its staging post, Mediterranean base at the Cantieri Amico shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

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Judge okays engines on Cup boats

In a departure from nautical tradition, a New York judge ruled today that it is OK for the giant multihulls that will sail for the America's Cup next year to use engines to trim sails and move water ballast.

America's Cup clash returns to Supreme Court

The bitter battle over the next America's Cup clash returned to the New York Supreme Court yesterday with another application from the San Francisco-based challenger BMW Oracle to have the Swiss defender Alinghi held in contempt of court.

Alinghi to helicopter lift America's Cup racing machine

The skies over the normally nondescript industrial area of Villeneuve on the southern shores of Lake Geneva will be darkened next Wednesday by a strange, menacing object, not unlike a praying mantis, slung under a serious muscle machine of a helicopter.

33rd America's Cup

The skies over the normally nondescript industrial area of Villeneuve on the southern shores of Lake Geneva will be darkened next Wednesday by a strange, menacing object, not unlike a praying mantis, slung under a serious muscle machine of a helicopter.

Sun Micro: We may have broken anti-bribery law

Sun Microsystems may have broken anti-bribery laws with its actions in an unspecified location outside the United States, a revelation that would-be acquirer Oracle knew about before inking its $7.4 billion takeover deal.

The Oracle of Omaha loses his visionary powers – and feels the heat

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Swedish battle leaves Read struggling as Walker brings up rear

While Boston was celebrating victory by its beloved Red Sox over arch-rivals New York Yankees at the Fenway Park baseball stadium and mourning a basketball loss by the Celtics to the Bulls one of its favourite sailing sons, Kenny Read, ran out of time to achieve a tea party of his at the end of the sixth, 4,900-mile leg of the Volvo round the world race.

Read running out of time as Swedes battle for top spot

While Boston was celebrating victory by its beloved Red Sox over arch-rivals New York Yankees at the Fenway Park baseball stadium, one of its favourite sailing sons, Kenny Read, was running out of time to achieve a tea party of his own a couple of miles away at the end of the sixth, 4,900-mile leg of the Volvo round the world race.

Oracle edges out IBM to clinch $7.4bn deal with Sun Microsystems

The American IT giant Oracle has agreed to buy rival Sun Microsystems for $7.4bn (£5.1bn) just two weeks after Sun's talks with IBM fell apart. Oracle announced the $9.50 per share cash deal before the market opened in the US yesterday in a move that chief executive Larry Ellison promised would "transform the IT industry".

Google's execs pocket $1 salaries

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin maintained their traditional salaries of US$1 last year even as the value of their combined stakes in the internet search leader plunged by nearly $26 billion.

Origin lives to fight another day

A close race, decided when they trapped their French opponents into a penalty, allowed Ben Ainslie and Britain's Origin challenge for the America's Cup to live for another day as they bid for a place in the challenger final of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.

Ainslie steers Origin to victory over locals

The understudy took centre stage in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour yesterday as Ben Ainslie steered Britain's America's Cup challenger Origin to a near-flawless victory over the local Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton Pacific series.

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