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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.

Armed men made off with a shipment of diamonds as it was being loaded on to a plane of Helvetic Airlines at the Brussels airport

Police hunting £30m diamond plane heist gang arrest 31 people across Europe

Massive operation with suspects held in France, Switzerland  and Belgium

A previously unknown postcard-size painting of Elizabeth I attributed to famous miniaturist Isaac Oliver has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery

Unknown portrait of Elizabeth I uncovered in house clearance acquired by National Portrait Gallery

A previously unknown postcard-size painting of Elizabeth I which turned up in a house clearance sale has been attributed to famous miniaturist Isaac Oliver and acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Fugitive Stevie McMullen arrested and charged after escaping from prison van in Salford

A fugitive who went on the run after he was sprung from a prison van is back in police custody and has been charged with escaping lawful custody.

Ex-soldier held in Spain over spate of robberies

A former British special forces soldier is thought to be among five people arrested in Spain on charges of committing violent criminal acts across the Spanish island of Mallorca, police said on Sunday night.

Point of view: The deck and pool

B&B and Beyond: Cape View Clifton, Cape Town

With ocean-facing terraces and a standout location, this chic guesthouse is the perfect Cape escape

If the shoe fits: Designer Pierre Hardy

In the workshop with Pierre Hardy

He's been making beautiful footwear for years, but now Pierre Hardy has designs on faces too, with a make-up range. Rebecca Gonsalves reports

Sheer panel playsuit £40 and padlock bag £70, both topshop.com; blazer £110, frenchconnection.com; slingback heels £95, Nine West, kurtgeiger.com

Scarlet woman: head-to-toe in red for the summer

Summer dressing gets dangerous with red worn head-to-toe, says Emma Akbareian

iStyle: Scarlet woman

iStyle: Scarlet woman

Red has always stopped traffic, but for spring it's about to turn heads too. It's a colour best worn head to toe, says Emma Ackbareian

Designer golf bags, crystal table lamps, his-and-hers Christian Dior bathrobes: Ex-French president Sarkozy top gift giver to Obama family

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his supermodel wife, Carla Bruni, were clearly taken with President Barack Obama and his family back in 2011.

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iStyle: Le click, c’est chic

If you favour a more boutique shopping experience in real life there’s no reason you have to sacrifice it when you go online, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

Bargain hunters in gold buy spree

Gold rose more than 2 per cent yesterday as bargain hunters across Asia bought up physical gold bars and jewellery after the precious metal hit two-year lows last week.

An artist's impression of what the elite lady would have looked like in the grave at the time of the funeral some 4400 years ago

Four-thousand year old gold-adorned skeleton found near Windsor

Archaeologists, excavating near the Royal Borough, have discovered the 4400 year old skeleton of an upper class woman

Former Asda and Royal Mail boss Allan Leighton lured by Pandora's charms

Former Asda and Royal Mail boss Allan Leighton has been named the new chief executive of Danish lucky-charms jeweller Pandora after Puma poached its current boss.

A close-up view of the historic cushion-cut fancy intense pink diamond, weighing approximately 34.65 carats

Princie Diamond fetches $40m at Christie’s in New York

The Princie Diamond, one of the largest pink diamonds in the world, has been sold at auction for nearly $40m (£26m).

Leinster pictured with the trophy after winning the Heineken Cup in 2012

BT Vision ready to fight Sky Sports for Heineken Cup coverage

BT Vision are attempting to expand their portfolio

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