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.

Ainslie leads way for Britain in Finn

Britain turned on the power on the Olympic track that is Weymouth Bay yesterday, going into the clubhouse with three of the top seven Finn sailors, among them triple gold and silver medallist Ben Ainslie, second, and Giles Scott third.

Weymouth hit by wind and course protest

Anyone thinking that the choice of Weymouth as 2012 Olympic venue would mean a benign track in two years' time was given a stinging reminder yesterday that it could serve up a wide variety of testing racing conditions.

Best of British try to avoid being 'first of the losers'

The best of British, who have been producing big medal hauls at the last three Olympic Games, will be at each other’s throats this week. There is one place per class in 2012; coming second, as America’s Cup holder Larry Ellison says, “is just being first of the losers.”

Malbon makes nervous start to Figaro solo race

The first few miles of the Figaro solo race proved a nervous test for the only British competitor, Jonny Malbon, representing the Artemis team.

Young girls among four bodies found in family home

A man is believed to have murdered his partner and two young daughters before taking his own life at a house in Hampshire yesterday.

Ainslie is willing to sacrifice 2012 gold for America's Cup

His earnest, youthful demeanour may be suggestive more of Tom the Cabin Boy than Cut Throat Jake – the latter a rather more appropriate epithet, given Ben Ainslie's single-mindedness – but looks can be deceptive. Though it scarcely seems plausible, Britain's greatest sailing Olympian is about to start serious preparation for his fifth Olympic Games.

McDonald's to train Olympics volunteers

McDonald's will help recruit and train the 70,000 volunteers who will be key to staging the London 2012 Olympics.

Ainslie and Williams drawn together in Stena Match Cup

Britain's two top match racers, former double world champion Ian Williams and triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie, meet each other in the same half of the draw at the Stena Match Cup this week.

Ayton and Clark win women's 470 class

The partnership of double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton and crew Saskia Clark won the women's 470 class in Kiel Week, an encouraging move forward for the new pairing with its sights on the next Olympic Games.

Team Origin problems continue in MedCup

New regime, new boat, new track, old problems for the star-studded Team Origin competing in Europe's champions' league of sailing, the Audi MedCup.

Body found after Weymouth gas explosion

The remains of a body have been recovered following a suspected gas explosion at a house in Weymouth.

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Dempsey leads GB fleet at Toulon

Nearly a full Great Britain squad has assembled in Hyères, near Toulon, for the first of four World Cup regattas in Europe this weekend despite the difficulties of travel presented by the Icelandic volcano. The culmination of the four meets will be at the 2012 Olympic venue of Weymouth in August, with competitions to be held in the Netherlands and Germany in between.

Dempsey emerges as Britain's prime Olympic hope

In a merry-go-round of Olympic medallists, double gold medallist Sarah Dempsey (Ayton) has emerged as Britain's prime hope for a third gold in the women's division of the 470 dinghy at Weymouth in 2012.

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