News Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and ex-wife Mariam Aziz, pictured in 1999

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.

Dystopia, war, and spies ... just for those tough teenage years

This summer's best young-adult fiction makes few concessions, says Susan Elkin

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.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson
Button are said to have been
immersed in this project

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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Fitness First avoids gym sale

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 20 June 2012

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 difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?