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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.

Petra Ecclestone had jewellery worth £450,000 stolen

Burglar posing as oligarch stole jewels from Petra Ecclestone mansion

A burglar who stole jewellery from the £32m home of Petra Ecclestone while posing as a wealthy Russian buyer has been jailed for eight years for a string of similar burglaries at upmarket homes in London and the Home Counties.

Everton have the financial strength not to part with their midfielder Ross Barkley next month

Everton will not let Ross Barkley go the same way as Wayne Rooney - even if they receive an £85m offer in January

Roberto Martinez says the Toffees wouldn't be tempted to part with the youngster even if they received a 'Gareth Bale-sized valuation'

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Mandela buried in ancestral village

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David Phelan takes Nokia’s latest affordable phone for a spin

Nigella Lawson used drugs every three days at family home, former assistant tells court

Nigella Lawson was today accused in court of failing to tell the truth in the witness box about her cocaine habit.

Universal specifics: Hadas Yaron in 'Fill the Void'

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A delicately directed drama with themes recognisable to any audience

Elephant Appeal: No more deaths on the savannah... politicians must act

It’s not too late to do something, but it will be soon

Ronnie Wood for the Elephant Appeal: No more deaths on the savannah... politicians must act

I’m lucky, in a way. I’ve seen the devastation with my own eyes. The rotting carcasses with their heads removed, and the little orphaned babies. When crocodiles and lions kill elephants, they go for the babies, which is heartbreaking to watch when you see it on television. But poachers go for the biggest ones they can, and that means orphans.

Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela

From Tony Blair to the Spice Girls, everyone wanted to be pictured with Nelson Mandela.

Woodland creatures: The best nature-inspired jewellery

Clockwise from top: Butterfly pendant in black opalescent, white gold and black diamond £3,500, Stephen Webster at Harrods 020-7730 1234

The Gem of Tanzania, which is now thought to be a forgery

Crossing the ruby con: Failing firm valued £8,000 gem at £11m

Two company directors have been disqualified from business after using a falsely valued ruby to inflate their failing company’s accounts.

A court ruled this week that the lover of the Arpels diamond heiress would have to return money he was left

French big business and the art of the family feud

From usurped diamond inheritances to boards stuffed with rowing cousins, the source of stress in Paris is all relative

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