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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.

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It may not twinkle like a star but it is still a diamond in the sky according to astronomers who have found a rocky planet similar to Earth but made of the precious gemstone.

Phil Ivey has career winnings of £9m as a professional poker player

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Britain's oldest casino has refused to pay out £7.3m to a world-beating poker star and has launched a probe into how he took on the house at a skill-free game of chance, and won.

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London's Piccadilly Lights mark National Poetry Day

London's Piccadilly Lights are being emblazoned with lines of poetry in a first for the world-famous landmark.

Spurs owner buys TV share

Joe Lewis, the owner of Tottenham Hotspur, has won the battle to buy Timeweave, the Aim-listed firm that owns half of Turf TV.

I'm penniless, Asil Nadir tells court

Former fugitive business tycoon Asil Nadir, convicted of stealing nearly £29 million, today claimed to be penniless.

Mary Dejevsky: What the court battles of the oligarchs say about Britain

Today is the day when English justice delivers its verdict on the oligarchs. After seven months spent poring over the evidence, Mrs Justice Gloster returns to London's Commercial Court to hand down her judgment in the case of Berezovsky v Abramovich – Boris Berezovsky being a one-time Kremlin adviser now in exile in Britain; Roman Abramovich being the owner of Chelsea Football Club. Berezovsky claimed Abramovich cheated him in a share deal, and demanded £3bn in damages. Abramovich said he did nothing of the kind.

Asil Nadir guilty of 10 theft charges

Former fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir has been found guilty of 10 counts of stealing £28.6 million.

Former Polly Peck tycoon Asil Nadir, 71, is facing jail after he was convicted of theft between 1987 and 1990

Asil Nadir faces jail after being found guilty of plundering millions of pounds from his own Polly Peck business empire

After 17 years of self-imposed exile in Northern Cyprus, the former fugitive Asil Nadir is facing jail after he was convicted of plundering millions of pounds from his own business empire.

Jury retires in Asil Nadir Polly Peck trial

Jurors in the eight-month trial of former tycoon Asil Nadir for allegedly stealing millions from the Polly Peck business empire today retired to consider their verdicts.

Reform Social and Grill, Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, London W1

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