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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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Gwendolyn Lynch, left, and Quaide Williams, right, of Democrats Abroad get out the message to US expats that they have the right to vote

Battle heats up for UK's expat votes

James Cusic joins Democrat volunteers campaigning to mobilise Britain's 250,000 eligible American voters

Gwendolyn Lynch, left, and Quaide Williams, right, of Democrats Abroad get out the message to US expats that they have the right to vote

Battle for 250,000 votes is joined in the 51st state of America they call Britain

James Cusick joins the Democrat volunteers campaigning to mobilise the expat vote

A model wears a Donatella Versace dress during the haute couture autumn/winter 2012-2013 collection show in Paris

Couture steals the spotlight in Paris

Versace and Chanel among designers profiting through fashion's most exclusive craft, says Susannah Frankel

Linley expands his top-drawer furniture firm

Demand from overseas buyers for British-made bespoke furniture has helped the Queen's nephew, Viscount Linley, to generate record sales and boost plans for his fourth store in London, which will open during the Olympics.

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Button are said to have been
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Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button unveil London Grand Prix plan

Santander, the bank, last night officially revealed its dramatic concept for a Formula One grand prix on the streets of London, with the support of Bernie Ecclestone and world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who drive for the McLaren team which they sponsor.

Lady Gaga snaps up Alexander McQueen gown for 'world record price'

Chart star Lady Gaga is believed to have paid a world record price for a gown by her late friend Alexander McQueen at a London auction.

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Danone issues profits warning

Time for Bremont's UK move

The luxury watches brand Bremont, which is backed by the Links of London founder John Ayton, is to move all its production to Henley, Oxfordshire from Switzerland and will open a store in London's Mayfair this summer.

Prince Charles sporting his polo look

The Prince of Wales: A new name in fashion royalty

Depending on your republican leanings, it could be argued that the British Monarchy represents both the best and worst of the country. So perhaps it's fitting that although the Prince of Wales was recently named as one of GQ's best-dressed men, he has featured on worst-dressed lists. But that hasn't stopped his odd ascent to the top of British fashion.

Deals of the week: Marrakech, Sharm el Sheikh, India

Now... Kuoni is having a sale, until 15 July, with deals from Vietnam to Marrakech. An imminent departure is Barbados, next Monday, 18 June. Staying at the Ocean Two Resort on the south coast, a week costs £1,257 (room only) with flights from Gatwick. Kuoni.co.uk

Five-minute memoir: Helen Mort remembers being a fake bride

Iwas 16 when we sneaked into the bridal shop. I was wearing denim flares twice as big as my legs and a T-shirt with Kurt Cobain's face on it. I kept my hair in a bob so short the lads at school called me 'Harold'. As we approached the glass front door, passing under a sign that said 'Virgin Brides' in red and gold, my friend nodded at it and sniggered, "Ask them if you get a discount".

Barclay brothers in hotels dust-up

The secretive duo are battling in the High Court with a rival businessman over the ownership of three of London's luxury hotels. Mira Bar-Hillel reports
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

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Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

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Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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