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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.

Charles Saatchi

Is their marriage our business? No. But Charles Saatchi's row with Nigella Lawson is definitely news

They are celebrities. And when a celebrity behaves badly, it's always a story

James Hogan: Art Upstart presents his colourful take on the counter-culture

James Hogan: Art Upstart presents his colourful take on the counter-culture

The City PR man James Hogan, aka the Art Upstart, woke up one morning in 2007, at the age of 55, with an overwhelming desire to paint. “It came as a great flood to me, out of the blue,” he says of his “spiritual awakening” . “It was all-consuming; I had in my head a triptych of three lots of 75 paintings each – a total of 225.”

Police detain an anti-capitalist protester in London on 11 June 2013

Police braced for second wave of G8 protests in London

'We continue to ask protesters to contact us and work with us...  as yet no one has chosen to work with us'

Marina Litvinenko and (inset) her husband in hospital

Widow of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko says Government is trying to force her to give up attempts to uncover why Russian spy husband was murdered

Marina Litvinenko will boycott inquest unless urgent public inquiry is ordered to replace it

Litvinenko inquest coroner calls for public inquiry into death of former Russian spy

A coroner has written to the Government to request a public inquiry in place of an inquest into the death of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

Fair inquest for Litvinenko impossible, judge warns

Hearing in danger of collapse after British Government’s accused of evidence cover-up

Planning for 2030: consultation launched over north-south Crossrail 2 scheme for London

A public consultation on the multi-billion pound, cross-London Crossrail 2 scheme was launched today.

Phil Ivey, from Las Vegas, is thought to be the world's sixth-highest
earner from punto banco tournaments

Poker’s Tiger Woods Phil Ivey sues British casino for £7.3m in winnings

A global gambling star known as the “Tiger Woods of poker” is suing Britain’s oldest casino for refusing to pay him £7.3m in winnings.

Occupy London protester cleared of rape in tent at St Paul's Cathedral

A protester at the Occupy London camp site at the foot of St Paul's Cathedral has been cleared of raping a woman in one of the tents.

Reginald D Hunter

Booking agency blames Reginald D Hunter for offence caused at PFA Player of the Year awards

The comedian went off message during awards ceremony

PFA demands refund from Reginald D Hunter after comedian causes offence at the Player of the Year awards

The comedian, a regular on Have I Got News For You, repeatedly used the word 'n*****'

Union boss condemns London Tube closure on Jubilee Line over 'wrong sort of water'

Line will be shut for more than 30 days over the next two years

Margaret Thatcher funeral: At Parliament Square, so often a scene of protest, the only sound to be heard is clicking cameras

The bells of Westminster Abbey rang out as the black hearse carrying Thatcher's flag draped coffin pulled out of Parliament. A few in the crowd began to clap but most remained silent as it sped off down Whitehall towards St Paul's.

Roberto Martinez says tonight is more important than the Cup final

Wigan fans will suffer at 'late' FA Cup final warns Roberto Martinez

The Latics face Manchester City at Wembley next month

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