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Pink Star diamond sells for $102m

Hong Kong A 59.60-carat pink diamond sold for a record $US71.2 million ($102.05 million) in Hong Kong overnight to local jewellers Chow Tai Fook after a five-minute bidding war between three phone bidders. The "Pink Star", the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond so far graded by the Gemological Institute of America according to Sotheby's, set "a new record for...

Kylie Minogue honoured for Anglo-Australian relations

London The Duke of Edinburgh has met pop star Kylie Minogue during a private audience in Windsor Castle. Prince Philip, 95, welcomed the much-loved Aussie star to the Queen's Berkshire residence where he presented her with an award honouring her contribution to Anglo-Australian relations. The royal patriarch chatted to the singer in the castle's grand White Drawing Room as he handed over the...

11 die in Russian metro blast

St Petersburg (Russia) Eleven people were killed and more than 45 were injured when an explosion tore through a train carriage in a St Petersburg metro tunnel early today in what authorities called a probable terrorist attack Russian news media said police were searching for a man recorded on surveillance cameras who was thought to have been involved in the attack,...

Cold cases linked to Yorkshire Ripper

London Police are continuing to review historical unsolved cases linked to the Yorkshire Ripper in a 1982 report. The Byford Report revealed that Peter Sutcliffe, who was given 20 life terms for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more, could have been responsible for a further 13 offences. The Sun newspaper has claimed that Sutcliffe, who now goes by the name...

Tories hark back to Falklands in Gibraltar row

London Theresa May is prepared to go to war over Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher did over the Falklands, senior Tories claimed yesterday. Former Conservative leader Lord Howard said the Prime Minister would show the same resolve in defending Gibraltar from Spain as her predecessor did in wresting the Falklands back from Argentina following the 1982 invasion, the Daily Mail reported. Defence Secretary...

Doris Day discovers she is two years older

American star Doris Day has received a birthday surprise she has discovered that she is 95, not 93. The actress and singer known for films including Pillow Talk and Move Over Darling thought she was turning 93 this week, having pegged her age to a 1924 birth date. However, a copy of Day's birth certificate, obtained by the Associated Press, has...

British drone spying, nuisance incidents soar

London Police in Britain are being flooded with reports about drones after a dramatic surge in incidents sparked by the devices, an investigation reveals. The flying gadgets are at the centre of thousands of episodes registered by forces, including rows between neighbours, prison smuggling, burglary "scoping" exercises, mid-air near misses and snooping fears. Figures show the number of incidents logged by police...

Austrian brothers produce armour for Vatican’s Swiss Guards

Vienna Austrian blacksmiths who produce ceremonial suits of armour for the Vatican's Swiss Guards are close to the end of their current deal to do so, and say supplying the suits will not now be an issue for many years to come. One of the drawbacks of the Swiss Guards' medieval uniforms is that the craftsmanship needed to make them is...

Defy ‘grandchildren of Nazism’ — Erdogan

Ankara President Tayyip Erdogan overnight called on Turkish voters in Europe to defy the "grandchildren of Nazism" and back a referendum this month on changing the constitution, comments likely to cause further ire in Europe. Erdogan has repeatedly lashed out at European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, in campaigning for the referendum, accusing them of "Nazi-like" tactics for banning his...

Quake rattles Botswana

Gaborone A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck nearly 250km north-north-west of the Botswana capital Gaborone overnight, at depth of 12km, the United States Geological Survey said. Tremors were also felt in neighbouring South Africa. "We certainly felt it here in central Gaborone," Jeff Ramsay, Botswana's chief government spokesman, said. "I'm not aware of damage yet, it is too early to say. The buildings here...
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