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Paris Hilton And German Insurance Giant Allianz Settle Diamond Squabble

The hotel heiress had refused to give back $60,000 worth of diamonds that had been stolen, but later located by police. A girl’s best friend? A good lawyer.


Paris Hilton may love public appearances, but she decided to avoid this one -- in a courtroom, which is where she was headed if she hadn't settled out of court with German insurance giant Allianz in a dispute over – yes -- diamonds.

The company announced in April that it was suing her for the non-return of $60,000 worth of borrowed diamond jewelry.

The story goes like this. A year after Hilton borrowed the chains and earrings from Damiani in 2007, they were stolen from her Hollywood home -- and Allianz had to pay the ritzy Italian firm $60,000. The blonde heiress had a stroke of good luck when the police later found the jewelry and returned it to her. The celebrity heiress refused, however, to turn over the goods to Allianz – and it sued for breach of contract.

But who could stay angry at Paris Hilton? One mention of ugly words like "court" and "jail sentence" has tears streaming down from underneath the long lashes of her little angel face – she already must battle the demons for the time she's served for drunk driving.

It sure seems to have gotten to Jay Ralph, Chairman of Allianz North America, who told Reuters that an out of court settlement had been reached. Details would not be divulged, it had been agreed between the parties, out of respect for privacy.

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What Are Iran's Real Intentions? Watch What The Houthis Do Next

Three commercial ships traveling through the Red Sea were attacked by missiles launched by Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels, while the U.S. Navy shot down three drones. Tensions that are linked to the ongoing war in Gaza conflict and that may serve as an indication as to Iran's wider intentions.

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the Iranian parliament in Tehran.

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Pierre Haski


PARIS — It’s a parallel war that has so far claimed fewer victims and attracted less public attention than the one in Gaza. Yet it increasingly poses a serious threat of escalating at any time.

This conflict playing out in the international waters of the Red Sea, a strategic maritime route, features the U.S. Navy pitted against Yemen's Houthi rebels. But the stakes go beyond the Yemeni militants — with the latter being supported by Iran, which has a hand in virtually every hotspot in the region.

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Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, the Houthis have been making headlines, despite Yemen’s distance from the Gaza front. Starting with missiles launched directed toward southern Israel, which were intercepted by U.S. forces. Then came attacks on ships belonging, or suspected of belonging, to Israeli interests.

On Sunday, no fewer than three commercial ships were targeted by ballistic missiles in the Red Sea. The missiles caused minor damage and no casualties. Meanwhile, three drones were intercepted and destroyed by the U.S. Navy, currently deployed in full force in the region.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for these attacks, stating their intention to block Israeli ships' passage for as long as there was war in Gaza. The ships targeted on Sunday were registered in Panama, but at least one of them was Israeli. In the days before, several other ships were attacked and an Israeli cargo ship carrying cars was seized, and is still being held in the Yemeni port of Hodeida.

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