News Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: 'We are restructuring the army to ensure regular and reserve soldiers are fully integrated into one force.'

The Army is launching a new recruitment campaign to expand its reserves section, despite recent cuts to the number of troops.

Police given more time for 'terror plot' quiz

Detectives have been granted more time to question a 22-year-old woman over a suspected terror plot in the UK.

High winds batter Round the Island competitors as Yves le Blevec triumphs in trimaran Actual

Some classes were cancelled even before the start of the Round the Island (of Wight) Race today as forecasts of brisk south-westerlies brought the reality of over 25 knots and either challenging or exciting races for what had been 1,650 entries and over 10,000 competitors. Injuries were reported to a handful.

Dom Joly: I make a great garden gnome, but a lousy house-seller

Trying to film a hidden camera show in this "summer" is starting to get me down.

Jens Gram-Hansen (second from left) at the helm of SAP in the Extreme Sailing Series off Istanbul

Extreme Sailing Series director predicts fewer events

South coast gales in an English summer were in stark contrast to the race track off Istanbul, between the Aegean and the Bosphorus, as the founder and organiser of the Extreme Sailing Series, Mark Turner predicted: “There will be less professional sailing events in the next three to five years.”

Saskia Clark (left) and Hannah Mills are leading their 470 fleet in Weymouth

British supremacy on show as Olympic squad set the pace

Hard as teak in soggy conditions, Britain’s marauding squad of singlehanded Olympic racers set the pace on the Finn track for all the others on the second day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Olympic curtain-raiser in autumnal conditions on Weymouth Bay.

Windsurf-kiteboard row overshadows Skandia Sail opening

Any lack of wind and racing on the opening of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, the last chance to tune up before the Olympic rings move in next month, was more than made up by the rumour mill about machinations within the International Sailing Federation to overturn a decision made last month to throw out the windsurfers and replace them with kiteboards in Brazil in 2016.

Kurt Perschke pushes a giant ball into Paignton's esplanade

Coming soon to a public space near you – a big red ball

A New York artist is the latest to bring his witty works to our streets

Weymouth missing fisherman search called off

A search for two missing fishermen was called off today as rescue teams found their stricken vessel and its liferaft on the sea bed.

Sailor Ainslie starts Olympic torch relay

Three-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie today kicked off the London 2012 Olympic torch relay, saying it was "one of the more nervous moments of my life".

Hopes fading for missing Weymouth fishermen

Hopes were fading today for three popular fishermen missing since yesterday morning as coastguards found an object on the sea bed.

Current Olympic gold medallists Andrew Simpson (left) and Iain Percy took silver at the Star Class world championship in Hyères, France

Brazil’s Robert Scheidt snatches the world championship of the Star keelboat class

The continuing battle between Brazil’s Robert Scheidt, reigning Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy, and Britain’s top sailors ramped up another notch in Hyères today as Scheidt, with crew Bruno Prada, snatched the world championship of the Star keelboat class from Percy and crew Andrew Simpson.

Giles Scott beats Ben Ainslie in UK Finn national championships

Ben Ainslie was beaten into the second place by his great British rival Giles Scott at the UK national championship for the singlehanded Finn dinghy in Falmouth.

The water tower on an apartment block in Bow, east London, on which the
MoD are planning to station high-velocity counter-terrorism missiles

Security forces to test £1bn 'ring of steel' for Olympics

Inside a ring enforced by six ground-to air missile stations, RAF Typhoon jets will patrol the skies alongside naval helicopters carrying snipers from the Royal Marines, whose job will be to shoot down aircraft that refuse to turn back from the Olympic Park.

Almost 20,000 security guards will be deployed, including 7,500 soldiers and Navy personnel

Snipers, missiles and fighter jets over London: Get ready for a £1bn Olympic ring of steel

Nine-day training exercise will see missile practice drills and helicopter gunship flights

Diary: Thank British Communists for our right to ramble

Communism never found a fertile breeding ground in Great Britain, perhaps because the English chopped off Charles I's head centuries before the Russians discovered revolution. The British Communist Party was one of the smallest in Europe, and yet 80 years ago, it scored an unusual and enduring victory.

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