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.

Top Hat by Stephen Jones at Debenhams

The crowning glory

Milliner Stephen Jones has worked with an impressive roster of designers, but his next stop is the high street, says Gemma Hayward

The ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ cruise liner

10 Britons on Caribbean cruise robbed at gunpoint in St Lucia

Some 55 passengers were held up by three gunmen on a bus in town of Soufrière

BT Vision ready to fight Sky for Heineken Cup

The wildly popular Heineken Cup is a serious target for the new players in the rugby broadcasting game. Grant Best, the senior channel executive producer of BT Vision, said today that his company “wanted to be a part of the competition in 2014, whatever that competition becomes”.

Dubai police get $550,000 Lamborghini squad car that can hit 60mph in under three seconds and has a top-speed of 217mph

In a city of boundless bling even the police are now in on the act with the 700-hp vehicle that can do 0-60 in a staggering three seconds

Shares in miner Gemfields tumble by more than 15%

Shares in AIM-listed gemstone miner Gemfields tumbled by more than 15% today after it warned that new rules being introduced in Zambia could decimate sales.

Friendship bracelets from Links of London

Friendship bracelets that you have to REALLY like your mates to buy

As a tween (except back then the word was yet to be invented) I would love nothing more than taking my pocket money down to the local haberdashery and stocking up on colourful embroidery thread with which to make friendship bracelets.

Stick your neck out: Enliven any outfit by daring to go big with these pendants

(Clockwise from top left) Tiered Crystal necklace, £540, mawi.co.uk

My style is goth/punk, and my appearance affects most aspects of my life

I’ve been physically and verbally attacked for how I look - but to highlight goths, emos and punks would actually deepen the subculture

Denise Welch and Keith Allen in The Smack Family Robinson

Theatre review: The Smack Family Robinson, Rose Theatre, Kingston

Keith Allen and Denise Welch head a clan akin to criminal (and drug-dealing) von Trapp family

Man dies after being restrained by members of the public during robbery

A man has died after he was restrained by members of the public as he attempted to rob a jeweller's store, according to police.

Gina Lollobrigida wearing the diamond necklace/bracelet combination
(est. $300,000-500,000) as a tiara & the pair of emerald and diamond
earclips (est. $150,000-250,000) by Bulgari

'A sculptor has little need for jewels' - Legendary actress turned artist Gina Lollobrigida auctions jewellery

Sparkling jewels belonging to legendary actress Gina Lollobrigida are being auctioned to raise money for stem cell research.

Sarah Darling lost her engagement ring, which was found and looked after by homeless bay Bill Ray Harris

Luck changes for Billy Ray Harris, the homeless man who returned an engagement ring dropped into his beggar's cup

Couple’s online fund to raise the $4,000 Harris turned down now stands at $185,000

President Thein Sein has declared a state of emergency in Meiktila

State of emergency in Burmese city as 20 die in sectarian violence

Burma declared a state of emergency in the central city of Meiktila today after sectarian violence left at least 20 dead, reinforcing fears that the newly democratic country is struggling to contain simmering hatred between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor