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Dina Asher-Smith off the pace in opening Diamond League meeting

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Dina Asher-Smith’s season began with unwelcome turbulence as she finished a well-beaten third in the 200m at the opening Diamond League meeting in Doha. Asher-Smith had promised that she was fit and flying but after p...

Why aren’t video games scary any more – am I just old and jaded?

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My wife and kids have a tough time believing that I fear nothing supernatural. Because they do. They fear all of them. Ghosts, goblins, werewolves, wendigos, all that claptrap. I just don’t. When they tell me that thi...

Dutch diamond dealer found guilty over staged €4.1m armed robbery

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One of the most renowned diamond dealers in the Netherlands has been convicted of fraud and money laundering after staging an armed robbery of €4.1m (£3.4m) diamonds from one of his stores as part of an insurance scam...

‘One diamond could have bought two airports’ – the Filipino recreating Imelda Marcos’s gems stash

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Over his three terms as president of the Philippines from 1965, Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda were able to cream off some $10bn of the nation’s assets through offshore banks. New revelations that a close associ...

Diamond thief must pay back £244 after record £4.2m heist

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A woman who stole £4.2m worth of diamonds by swapping them for pebbles has been ordered to pay back less than £250. Lulu Lakatos, 60, is serving a five-and-a-half year jail sentence after she was found guilty of cons...

TV tonight: a rough diamond swaps lives with a millionaire

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Rich-person-meets-poor-person is, typically, a gauche TV format. Does this one – multimillionaire Amanda Cronin and formerly homeless film-maker Martin Read become “friends” who explore each other’s lives for a few w...

Now that I’ve finally played The Last of Us, who wants to talk about that ending?

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‘OK, Dad, this is an incredible essay on the effects of grief and grey morality in a postapocalyptic society,” says the eldest child, AKA the millennial. “It’s got proper female characters, progressive takes on sexual...

As a parent obsessed with my kids’ safety, I have discovered the video game from hell

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What do you look for in a video game? Excitement? Immersive escapism? A sense of achievement? Or to be reduced to a blubbering mess? My youngest daughter, Sharkie, said I would get all of that from What Remains of Edi...

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that this pirate game is full of hornswagglers

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My poop deck is on fire. I am taking on water below decks and some guy is screaming he is going to kill me. I am panicking, randomly picking up wooden planks, cannon balls, accordions and coconuts, trying to stave off...

Marie Antoinette’s diamond bracelets fetch £7m at auction

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Two diamond bracelets that Marie Antoinette sent away in a wooden chest for safekeeping before she was guillotined during the French Revolution, have sold at auction in Geneva for 7.46m Swiss francs (£7.04m). The sum ...

War on the Diamond: the day Major League Baseball turned deadly

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It takes an instant for a baseball to travel from the pitching mound to home plate. In that short span, disaster unfolded during a game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees over a century ago. On 16 Augu...

The beautiful game got ugly: why I broke up with Fifa

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It is always tragic when a love turns sour, especially one that has lasted longer than any other adult relationship. But in 1993, I lost my heart in an office in Slough. Electronic Arts invited a motley crew from Game...

Asher-Smith delighted with season’s best in Diamond League as Mboma wins

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Dina Asher-Smith was delighted after running a season’s best time at the Brussels Diamond League – but still had no answer to the 18-year-old sensation Christine Mboma, who finished powerfully to claim a stunning 200m...

Woman convicted of £4.2m diamond theft at luxury UK jewellers

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A woman has been found guilty and sentenced to five and a half years in prison for stealing diamonds worth £4.2m, swapping them for pebbles in a plot akin to a Hollywood heist movie. Lulu Lakatos, 60, posed as gem exp...

Stones that sparked ‘diamond’ rush in South Africa are just quartz

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Unidentified stones that lured thousands of fortune seekers to a rural South African village were not diamonds as hoped, officials said on Sunday, but quartz stones with relatively low if any value. People from across...

World’s third largest diamond discovered in Botswana

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The diamond firm Debswana has announced the discovery in Botswana of a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world. The company showed the stone, which was found on 1 June, was sh...

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