News Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and ex-wife Mariam Aziz, pictured in 1999

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.

Election '97: Vanessa spells out her new revolution: vote Ashdown

Vanessa Redgrave has not given up on her struggle radically to change society. The only thing that has changed is the means to the end. On 1 May the former Trotskyite revolutionary will be voting for Paddy Ashdown's Liberal Democrats.

Golf: Woods has drive to fulfil ambition

61st US MASTERS: Faldo opens his title defence alongside the young pretender as the inevitable drama starts to unfold today

Letter: Lost in sleaze

The rules of declaration of MP's interests require an MP for a particular constituency to declare in the register if 25 per cent or over of the election fighting fund was contributed by one individual or company ("Now it's the voters turn to judge them", 23 March). Such funds are on average about pounds 8,000 in total.

Letter: Union history belies Blair fairy tale

Letter: Union history belies Blair fairy tale

History of cash and support

The Conservative Party has a long history of receiving cash and assistance from tobacco companies, especially during general elections.

Sleaze report casts shadow over MPs

Ten Tories who must wait until after the election to see if they are in the clear

Jet-set conman must pay pounds 3,000

A businessman who flew all over Europe on charter tickets which he had upgraded to club-class must repay more than pounds 3,000 to British Airways, a judge ruled yesterday. Roger Roberts, 41, was also ordered to pay pounds 4,000 court costs and do 100 hours' community service, after appearing for sentence at Isleworth Crown Court. But he was lucky not to go to prison, said the judge, Recorder Thomas Culver.

MP fires a cold hard question

It was, said Niranjayan Joseph Deva - the Conservative member for Brentford and Isleworth - "part of the historic tradition of this House that an MP should be able to speak about an injustice that has befallen one of his constituents".

Black voters targeted in election drive

The three main party leaders are to be targeted today in a campaign to persuade black voters to go to the polls at the general election.

Financier's daughter smuggled cocaine

The daughter of a wealthy businessman was found guilty yesterday of smuggling more than pounds 400,000 worth of cocaine into London.

Letter: What if Labour dumped the PM?

Sir: Like many millions of Hindus across the world, I recently celebrated Diwali. For me only one thing marred the occasion: I received a specially printed Diwali card from the Labour Party addressed to the "Patel Family".

Dangerous prisoner flees at supermarket

Dangerous prisoner flees at supermarket

Letter : Licence fee is low-cost way to quality TV

Sir: Polly Toynbee (27 August) makes three errors in assuming that I advocate subscription funding replacing the licence fee simply in order to benefit Sky.

Mathew Horsman on the rise and rise of BSkyB

From money-losing albatross around the neck of media mogul Rupert Murdoch to the country's most profitable television company in five scant years. That is the story - at least so far - of BSkyB, the dominant pay- TV broadcaster, which is now racking up profits of pounds 700,000 a day.
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People White House officials refuse to make comment on 275,000 signatures that want Justin Bieber's US visa revoked
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