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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.

The fight for feedback: Why it pays to ask

How many times have you been rejected after a job interview and wanted to know why? It's always worth asking, says Rachael Smith

Finishing touch: Powders to provide the perfect shimmer

1. Pure finish radiant bronzing powder £26, Elizabeth Arden, houseoffraser.co.uk

Paula Lane in her role as Kylie Platt wearing the earrings mentioned in the tweets

Coronation Street tweets show stars used soap to promote jewellery products

Two actors bragged to companies about ‘gifted’ items appearing on television

The first female-only college is due to open in Saudi Arabia this September

A small step for female education in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announces plans to open first female-only colleges - run by British universities

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iStyle: Cruise control

Take summer-holiday packing first-class with luxurious, bold and bright transitional pieces, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Orange Spring Awakening necklace £120

What a stellar idea

American jewellery brand Stella & Dot’s  social-selling concept has found success on these shores, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Bling thing: Model wears Juniper necklace £95; available at stelladot.co.uk

Stella & Dot: A stellar idea

American jewellery brand Stella & Dot's social-selling concept has rocketed to success on these shores, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Video: The Bolshoi Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet is at the Royal Opera House, London WC2 (roh.org.uk), 29 July to 17 August. See the previews for the programme below:

The Conversation: Daisy Donovan, TV presenter

You've been around the world appearing on crazy TV shows for a new Channel 4 series. You must have seen some sights.

Carroll singer: the Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn is set to take the lead role in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'

Why creating the perfect Alice is no tea party

Michael Volpe continues his monthly dispatch on staging a world premiere

Coronation Street's Helen Flanagan left 'very shaken' after thieves broke into her home

Former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan is recovering after a break-in at her home which left her "very shaken" but unharmed.

Children paddle against the backdrop of Wastwater in the Lake District

Timeless fells, hosts of golden daffodils...and piles of ashes: Lake District Park Authority urge mourners to dispose of remains carefully

Mourners who scatter the ashes of relatives or beloved pets are being asked to be more considerate

Multi-colour ring £99, Swarovski

Summer jewellery: The bling thing

Be decorative rather than decorous – jewellery for summer 2012 has taken a turn for the colourful, oversized and unapologetically flash. Emma Akbareian is suitably dazzed

Prolific shoplifter Harry Hankinson spared jail yet again despite having amassed over 500 convictions

A prolific shoplifter has been spared jail on his 501st offence after a court was informed that a brain injury could be contributing to his behaviour.

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Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

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How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
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Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

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Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

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'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

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Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered

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