News Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and ex-wife Mariam Aziz, pictured in 1999

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.

Human-shaped figures and pendants of whale ivory strung on fine plaited coir cords. Probably presented to Lady Gordon, 1875 - 80, Fiji.

Review: Chiefs and Governors: Art and Power in Fiji, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Necklaces made from whale ivory and fish hooks of ivory, pearl and turtle shell were part of a lavish system of gifts between Fiji’s chiefs and their first British governor in the nineteenth century.

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Who stashed the Cheapside Hoard? Exhibition sheds new light on 'most important' collection of Elizabethan jewellery ever discovered

Just over a century after the “world’s most important” hoard of Elizabethan jewellery was discovered by chance in a cellar in London, experts have uncovered important information that may lead to unravelling the mystery of who put it there and why.

Stephane Sessegnon

Sunderland pair Phil Bardsley and Stephane Sessegnon targeted by car thieves

Both had their cars stolen from their homes

Model wears mesh panel swimsuit £39, silver visor £19, & Other Stories; stories.com; silver cuff £6, River Island; riverisland.com

Swimwear: In the swim

You don’t have to be a natural athlete to make the most of these sporty, and helpfully supportive styles, says Emma Akbareian

Model wears mesh panel swimsuit £39, silver visor £19, & Other Stories; stories.com; silver cuff £6, River Island; riverisland.com

In the swim: Stylish swimwear that has fashion and function well-covered

You don’t have to be a natural athlete to make the most of these sporty, and helpfully supportive styles, says Emma Akbareian

Printed dress £95, Religion, asos.com; Gold wedges £60, Aldo, aldoshoes.com

Dresses: styled to the maxi

This summer, full-length and floaty doesn’t have to be boho, says Emma Akbareian

Shirley Bassey performed

Shirley Bassey urges Cannes Festival luminaries to pull out their 'Goldfingers' at Aids fundraiser

With an apt rendition of "Goldfinger," singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D'Antibes, helping to raise an estimated $25 million for Aids research.

Cannes Film Festival 2013 hit by second suspected jewellery heist as £1.7m diamond necklace stolen

The Cannes film festival was hit by a second suspected jewellery heist on Thursday after a diamond necklace worth €2 million (£1.7 million) disappeared during a star-studded party, according to upmarket jeweller De Grisogono.

The violin which was played by Wallace Hartley on the sinking ship in 1912

Titanic struggle to prove violin’s authenticity resolved

Instrument thought to have been played by the band leader on the Titanic as the ship sank declared genuine

What sounded like gunshots are thought to have been fired near two of the film festival judges

Christoph Waltz among stars rushed to safety as man with gun and grenade opens fire in Cannes

Assailant reportedly threatened to blow up studio

A big bit of TLC: Honey Boo Boo (front left) and family, from the American reality show

Grace Dent on TV: Extreme Couponing, My Strange Addiction, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC

I’ve envied men and channel Dave for too long. Now, at last, there is a channel Grace

101.73-carat gem: Largest flawless diamond ever auctioned could fetch £20m

Rare stone considered perfect because of its colour and its flawless clarity

The plane in Brussels that was raided by eight men in February

Luxury car dealer from Cote d’Azur under arrest over £30m airport diamond heist

Eleven held in custody after swoops in three countries, with cash and jewels recovered

Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama meet at the White House

Michelle Obama pays tribute to Prince Harry as he begins tour of United States

Seven-day visit is the Prince's first to America since he caused outrage by being photographed naked during a weekend break in Las Vegas last year

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