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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.

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41-year-old convicted of stabbing Ms Waugh and trying to sell her London flat

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No pope has ever definitively declared the fragments to belong to the Apostle Peter

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Bones discovered under basilica in 1939 exhibited in public for first time

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Silvio Berlusconi: Proof of sex at Bunga Bunga parties ‘not needed to find Berlusconi guilty’

The Milan court that convicted Silvio Berlusconi of paying an underage prostitute for sex at his infamous Bunga Bunga parties has said that proof of intercourse was not necessary to find him guilty.

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Carved rounded fossils, some from 3.2 billion years ago, go on show as a necklace at the Wellcome collection

Necklace made from 3 billion year old fossil goes on show at Wellcome Collection

The necklace, carved from 170 spherical beads each made from a different material, includes the first single celled life on the planet

The 10 Best Christmas ice rinks

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Remembrance Sunday: The important thing is just to be there

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Anthony Hinds: Screenwriter and producer who transformed the fortunes of Hammer Films

The success of Hammer horror films in the late 1950s horrified critics, who were appalled at the public's sudden thirst for the little company's blood-soaked frighteners, all lurid colour and unfulfilled promises of sex. Like the Carry Ons, the films were reliable and repetitive, put together by a team of old pros who miraculously made entertainment that satisfied thousands of appetites out of loaves and fishes.

Gem sales make its shares sparkle

Gem Diamonds has sold two ex–ceptional stones extracted from the highest diamond mine in the world, sending its shares up 2.5p to 153.5p.

Carole Waugh has not been seen since 4 May

Conmen killed oil executive and escort Carole Waugh and used her money to buy gold bullion, court told

Her money was used to buy gold bullion and coins and Krugerands before her body was finally found three-and-a-half months later

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