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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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A STEWARD'S request that two passengers switch off their in- flight entertainment - watching hard-core pornographic images on a lap top computer - triggered an air rage incident lasting 10 hours, a court heard yesterday.

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Jet passenger 'spat with rage' at smokers

AN "ENRAGED" anti-smoker endangered a Boeing 747 airliner and the hundreds of people on board as he "spat with venom" and behaved "like a man possessed" after he was placed behind a couple who had lit up, a court heard yesterday.

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