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Robber needed money for polio-stricken cousin's surgery

Screen Talk: Taxing role

Taxes and death are often cited as the only sure things in life. So it must be nothing more than hope-busting for Wesley Snipes to find out that his quest for a new trial for tax-related crimes was turned down.

Snap judgements: Seven great photographers talk about their craft

Anybody can take a snapshot – but what makes a truly extraordinary picture? The world's greatest living photographers tell Anne-Celine Jaeger how they craft their genre-defining images...

Ringing change: Stars' jeweller crafts a move down market

Theo Fennell, the jeweller to the stars, is back in the black.

Ready To Wear: The white shirt looks set to be everywhere next season

Sometimes the simplest of garments brings out a display of virtuosity in designers more effectively than anything more obviously sensational in flavour.

£40m gems raid gunman jailed for 23 years

A gunman who terrified staff as he carried out the UK's biggest jewellery robbery was jailed for 23 years today.

Two more guilty over Mayfair jewellery heist

Two more men were today found guilty of taking part in the UK's biggest jewellery robbery.

Man guilty of £40m jewellery robbery

A man was convicted today of taking part in Britain's biggest jewellery robbery.

Jury out in £40m jewel robbery trial

The jury trying seven men over a £40 million armed raid on a jeweller's retired today to begin its deliberations.

'Devilish grimaces' could have been smiles

For centuries it was thought that the images of bared teeth which confronted early European visitors to the Caribbean were gruesome warnings from the locals. But new research has now suggested the "devilish grimaces" were actually welcoming smiles.

Hoard of Ptolemaic bronze coins, prehistoric jewellery and a Whale discovered at the Fayum Oasis, Egypt

Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced today the discovery of 383 coins from the Ptolemaic period in the Fayum, or Faiyum, Oasis. Prehistoric jewellery made from ostrich eggs, and a skeleton of a 42-million-year-old whale were also unearthed.

Gang accused of £40m jewel heist 'were disguised by professional make-up artist'

Two armed robbers, disguised by professional make-up artists, walked into one of London's most exclusive jewellery stores, took a female staff member hostage at gunpoint and then fled with £40m worth of gems, a court heard yesterday.

Solicitor killed by business partner, court told

A solicitor was killed in her offices as part of a "deliberate and murderous attack" by her business partner and another man, a court heard today.

Nurse who refused to hide crucifix loses case

A Christian nurse who was moved to a desk job after refusing to remove her crucifix lost a claim for discrimination today.

Removing cross would violate my faith, says nurse

A Christian nurse moved to an office role after refusing to remove a necklace bearing a crucifix told an employment tribunal today that taking it off would "violate her faith".

Nurse to go to tribunal in row over cross

A Christian nurse re-assigned to an office role after refusing to take off a necklace bearing a cross will take her case to an employment tribunal next week, a hospital said today.

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