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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.

Top Hat by Stephen Jones at Debenhams

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Shares in miner Gemfields tumble by more than 15%

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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

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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

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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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