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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.

Hung, poisoned and mutilated alive: our atrocious abuse of elephants

Elephants are among the most intelligent, gentle creatures on the planet. Yet they have suffered for centuries at the hand of man.

Carole Waugh (right) had lent money to Rakesh Bhayani (left) and threatened to expose his double life

Carole Waugh murder: 'Mad Indian gambler' Rakesh Bhayani killed rich, lonely escort to pay off his debts

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

Style File: Contrasting collars

A/W 2013 is all about austere chic – and you can have any collar, as long as it’s white, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Jewellery, cash and laptops are the most desirable items for burglars

Britain's most burgled cities and towns

Homeowners urged to lock up their valuables and beware of burglars during the ‘most burgled’ time of the year

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

Are they relics of St Peter? The Vatican says it doesn’t matter

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

Paperback review: Time's Anvil, By Richard Morris

“One thing we bring to time,” writes archaeologist Richard Morris in this multi-levelled book about digging up the English past, “is a compulsion to split it up”.

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.

The 10 Best statement necklaces

Bold is best when it comes to neckwear this year. Here's our pick of the stand-out pieces on the high street and online

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

It's that time of year again… to get your skates on. Here's our pick of the country's best ice rinks

Remembrance Sunday: The important thing is just to be there

I will always think of my late great uncle Tom at this time of year

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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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

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Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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