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A former international badminton player who became a bodyguard and close friend to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei abused her position to steal diamonds worth £11.6m from her “extremely wealthy” employer, a court heard yesterday.

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The swimmer who brought this year's Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt has denied causing a public nuisance.

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A man in the river forces the 158th Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge to be restarted. Cambridge went on to win after Oxford broke an oar shortly after the race resumed, effectively ending any contest.

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A university lecturer who admitted possessing a hoard of Class A drugs at his house where a schoolgirl died was spared jail today.

Vatican orders inquiry into Ealing sex abuse claims

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The barrister wife of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair was criticised by the Court of Appeal today for not sending a cocaine smuggler to jail when sitting as a judge at a Crown Court.

BSkyB gives Murdoch 'unanimous' backing

James Murdoch will remain chairman of BSkyB after the board gave him unanimous backing last night.

Men cleared over Jack Wilshere 'fight'

Two men allegedly caught up in a fight involving footballer Jack Wilshere were cleared of affray today.

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