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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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project