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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.

Nick Robinson will no longer be the star speaker at Britain's defence industry following a formal complaint made to the BBC

BBC's political editor Nick Robinson backs out of arms-trade dinner role following formal complaints from campaigners

£235-a-head Mayfair dinner will be attended by the bosses of global arms manufacturing companies

A man has allegedly been offering women money to watch him pleasure himself using cheese

Philadelphia police search for 'Swiss Cheese Pervert' who offers women money to watch him touch himself with cheese

The man allegedly also set up a profile on an internet dating site to advertise his fetish

National Crime Agency reins in attempts to seize tycoon Israel Perry’s assets

The new National Crime Agency is facing a major embarrassment after it abandoned most of its attempts to seize the UK and US assets of Israel Perry, the Israeli tycoon who is also suing the agency for £10m for compensation of losses allegedly caused by the lawsuit.

JK Rowling said Robert Galbraith was doing just fine on his own

JK Rowling lawyer fined over Robert Galbraith Cuckoo's Calling identity leak

Christopher Gossage was found to have breached privacy rules by the SRA

Foxlow, Clerkenwell, London

Foxlow/Rextail: Restaurant reviews - It's behind you!

It’s pantomime season, so let’s embrace the theme, with a cast of traditional stock characters. To cheer for, we have a couple of home-grown food heroes, Huw Gott and Will Beckett, whose excellent Hawksmoor group of steak restaurants recently scored a multi-million-pound investment from a private equity firm, taking the affable duo from bar-owners to moguls in a few short years. Their first opening since the buyout is called Foxlow, a casual neighbourhood eatery in the creative hub of Clerkenwell.

Hilton raises over $2.3bn in record hotel IPO

Hotel giant Hilton Worldwide has raised $2.34 billion (£1.42 billion) through an initial public offering, returning to the stock market six years after private equity firm Blackstone took it private in one of the largest deals of the leveraged buyout boom.

Nigella Lawson arrives for second day in court after accusing Charles Saatchi of threatening to 'destroy' her with drug claims

I've taken cocaine at two times in my life - but I've never been an addict, she  told court yesterday

The Rail Europe name is to be erased by Christmas – just as horizons for British train travellers are being expanded with a new Paris-Barcelona high-speed service

End of the Rail Europe brand before Christmas condemned as ‘absolutely daft’

The strongest brand in European train travel has reached the end of the line. The Rail Europe name is to be erased by Christmas – just as horizons for British train travellers are being expanded with a new Paris-Barcelona high-speed service.

Books of the year 2013: Children

The Book of Bedtime Stories (Walker, £14.99) consists of 10 original tales selected by Michael Rosen from more than 400 entries for last year's Mumsnet and Gransnet children's story competition. Each illustrated by an up-and-coming artist, themes range from the adventures of a pig-riding sheriff to the exciting rescue of a dancing bear. Beautifully produced, this could be a collector's item. Alex T. Smith's Claude in the Spotlight (Hodder, £4.99 paperback) tells how the amiable dog of the title, accompanied by his regular friend Sir Bobblysock, gets caught up in a theatrical performance that nearly goes terribly wrong. Illustrated on every page by the author, this cheerfully eccentric story is highly entertaining. So too is Bernardo Atxaga's The Adventures of Shola (Pushkin Children's Books, £14.99). Translated from the Basque by Margaret Jull Costa and lavishly illustrated by Mikel Valverde, these gently ironic stories about another small dog whose aspirations regularly outrun her abilities are totally charming.

‘It’s been hard,’ says sacked Glencore trader Andrew Kearns ahead of ruling

The oil trader suing the world’s  biggest commodities trading company, Glencore, for wrongful dismissal has pledged to fight on even if he loses his case in the High Court.

The 10 Best Christmas presents for teenagers

From chic satchels to roller skates and more, we've got Christmas wrapped up for the teenagers in your life

The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London

Judge takes unusual step to move £50m family dispute to luxury May Fair Hotel

A luxury hotel conference room is to be turned into a courtroom on Monday for a £50m family dispute to be played out.

The well-known warning message on the London underground

Northern named London Underground’s worst tube line

Black line on the map named commuter's least favourite by far while Jubilee named Londoner’s favourite

Business in Brief: Shire swallows rare-disease specialist ViroPharma

Shire has made its biggest acquisition, spending $4.2bn (£2.6bn) on the US drugs maker ViroPharma. Shares in Shire rose 26p to 2,822p, even though it paid $50 a share for the rare-diseases specialist, which had revenues of $428m last year. Shire’s chief executive Flemming Ornskov expects to create $2bn revenues from medicines for rare diseases next year.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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