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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.

British woman 'jumps to her death' at Hollywood plastic surgery clinic after reportedly undergoing a facelift

Sandra D’Auriol was said to have been aggressive and agitated shortly before she jumped from a 15-storey building

Man robbed jewellery store because 'politicians have been thieving from us for years'

Robber needed money for polio-stricken cousin's surgery

The Dover Street Market store in Mayfair is thriving

Style File: A pilgrimage to Dover St Market

With a seasonal changeover and a tie-up with Repossi, the Mayfair store is thriving, finds Rebecca Gonsalves

Indian police escort men accused of the attack to court. 13 men have been arrested and remain in custody.

West Bengal gang-rape: Young woman 'attacked on bamboo platform in front of entire village'

Now India’s highest court has ordered a judicial inquiry

Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents; the Bonanno crime family committed acts of extortion and arson, including the airport heist, a brazen crime made famous by the 1990 film 'Goodfellas'

‘Goodfellas’ heist: Five men indicted for notorious Lufthansa armed robbery at Kennedy Airport that was dramatised in Martin Scorsese movie

For more than 35 years the mobsters behind one of the largest cash thefts in US history – a heist so brazen it was used as one of the central themes of the film Goodfellas — seemed to have got clean away.

Rare blue diamond found in South African mine

The 29.6 carat diamond has been valued at around $20m

Punta del Este

What's the best way to book a trip to Uruguay?

Q. I'm keen to visit Punta del Este and/or Montevideo in Uruguay, ideally as a package holiday. But I can't find any operators that do it. And even if I could, would booking individual flights and accommodation be a better strategy? It seems amazing that BA still don't fly direct! Russ Williams, London

The disputed objects were largely ancient Etruscan treasures, similar to this one - an Etruscan black-figured amphora depicting the death of Medusa - on display in Rome's Qurinale Presidential Palace

Italy threatens legal action after British Government refuses to return artefacts seized from disgraced London art dealer

Sculptures of marble heads, a bronze bust of Alexander the Great and bronze statuettes of the gods form part of the collection

A £100,000 painting has been stolen from the home of an 89-year-old woman who was fooled by a fraud scam

£100,000 painting by Samuel Palmer stolen along with jewellery in fraud scam

A £100,000 painting has been stolen from the home of an 89-year-old woman who was fooled by a fraud scam, Scotland Yard said.

All the Raj in Jaipur

The Hedonist: what to see and where to be seen

Amateur treasure hunters uncovered more than 73,000 archaeological finds in 2013

Notable hauls include a rare hoard of Anglo-Saxon coins

Cartier Panther bracelet

Richemont warns of luxury slowdown in China as third quarter sales miss estimates

Richemont owns the Cartier and Montblanc luxury brands

People gather at camp for internally displaced persons who have fled chaos in the Central African Republic.

Cannibal in Central African Republic ate man's leg as 'revenge' for his family's murder

The Christian man who called himself Mad Dog allegedly dragged the Muslim stranger from the bus and ate part of his leg

Clifford Chance, one of the big five 'magic circle' law firms in the United Kingdom, has quietly introduced a 'CV blind' policy for final interviews

Exclusive: Law firm Clifford Chance adopts ‘CV blind’ policy to break Oxbridge recruitment bias

Lecturers urge employers to follow Clifford Chance’s lead to find the best graduate candidates

Figures such as this 7th or 8th century tomb guardian show a new side to China

More than just vases: British Museum showcases the worldly masculinity of the Ming dynasty

An exhibition at the British Museum will show that Cold War-era ideas on China’s past gave a short-sighted view of the country

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