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White diamond fetches record £19m at auction in Hong Kong

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Pink Star will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in Geneva

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Forensic experts and policemen work on a crime scene near the body of a robber, who was shot dead by a jeweller in Nice

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Marine Le Pen and her father acknowledge the audience after delivering a speech during the FN summer congress

National Front leader Le Pen gets a double election boost

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