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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project