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Largest diamond ever auctioned to go under hammer in Geneva

GENEVA: The largest diamond ever offered at auction is set to go under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday evening, with bids expected to top $25 million. The “sensational" 163.41-carat flawless diamond, suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace called The Art of Grisogono, will be one of the highlights at the Christie’s autumn jewel auction. "To date, this is the largest D flawless diamond ever to appear for sale at auction," Christie’s said when it first announced the gem would be part of its annual Magnificent Jewels…

Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea, sources say

TOKYO: Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation. The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia,…