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Aug 9, 2011

Violence erupts outside London as capital waits

LONDON (Reuters) – Riots flared in English cities and towns on Tuesday night as London waited anxiously to see if thousands of police deployed on its streets could head off the youths who had rampaged across the capital virtually unchecked for three nights.

In Salford, part of greater Manchester in northwest England, rioters threw bricks at police and set fire to buildings. A BBC cameraman was assaulted.

Aug 8, 2011

Potent mix of cuts, unemployment could fuel more UK riots

LONDON (Reuters) – Earlier this year, Tottenham lawmaker David Lammy pleaded for attention to his struggling constituency after official figures showed it had the highest jobless count in London and the 10th highest in Britain.

Last weekend, he got it — though not in the way he had hoped — after a protest over the police shooting of a 29-year-old black man sparked some of the most violent riots in the capital in years.

Aug 1, 2011

Factbox – Key political risks to watch in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – A phone-hacking scandal at one of Britain’s best-selling newspapers exploded in July, dragging in politicians and the police as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire struggled to contain the fallout.

Politicians on all sides came under criticism for having enjoyed too close a relationship with News Corp executives and editors, but Prime Minister David Cameron was most tarnished by the affair, having employed a former News of the World editor who had been linked to the hacking affair as his communications chief.

Jul 21, 2011

Cameron “regrets” hiring scandal-hit tabloid editor

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron, defending his integrity to parliament in emergency session on Wednesday, said he regretted hiring a journalist at the heart of a scandal that has rocked Britain’s press, police and politics.

But in hours of stormy questioning he seemed to rally his Conservative party behind him and stopped short of bowing to demands that he apologize outright for what the Labour leader called a “catastrophic error of judgment” in appointing as his spokesman a former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World.

Jul 20, 2011

Time on Cameron’s side in UK phone-hacking storm

LONDON (Reuters) – The message from David Cameron’s team during this week’s truncated trip to Africa was clear: it’s time to move on.

For more than two weeks, the normally assured Prime Minister has been at the mercy of events, buffeted by a phone-hacking scandal that brought down a national newspaper and forced the resignation of the country’s two most senior police officers as well as Cameron’s own head of communications.

Jul 20, 2011

Analysis: Time on Cameron’s side in UK phone-hacking storm

LONDON (Reuters) – The message from David Cameron’s team during this week’s truncated trip to Africa was clear: it’s time to move on.

For more than two weeks, the normally assured Prime Minister has been at the mercy of events, buffeted by a phone-hacking scandal that brought down a national newspaper and forced the resignation of the country’s two most senior police officers as well as Cameron’s own head of communications.

Jul 20, 2011

Cameron faces grilling on hacking crisis

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will be grilled by parliament on Wednesday about his decision to employ a former tabloid newspaper editor caught up in a phone-hacking scandal that has rocked Britain’s establishment.

The scandal, centred on Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp global media empire, has forced the resignations of senior executives at the company and two top policemen as well as fuelling opposition attacks on Cameron’s judgement.

Jul 20, 2011

Britain’s Cameron faces grilling on hacking crisis

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron
will be grilled by parliament on Wednesday about his decision to
employ a former tabloid newspaper editor caught up in a
phone-hacking scandal that has rocked Britain’s establishment.

The scandal, centred on Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
global media empire, has forced the resignations of senior
executives at the company and two of Britain’s top policemen as
well as fuelling opposition attacks on Cameron’s judgment.

Jul 19, 2011

Cameron: must not lose sight of other issues

LAGOS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday a phone hacking scandal that has rocked Britain’s establishment would not distract him from big domestic issues such as economic growth and immigration.

“I just would want to give this reassurance to people that back at home… this does consist of big problems, but we are a big country and we’re going to sort them out,” he told reporters during a news conference with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jul 13, 2011

Police told News Corp’s Brooks of malpractice: Brown

LONDON (Reuters) – News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was warned by police in 2002 about serious malpractice and possible illegal activities by reporters at a newspaper she edited, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Wednesday.

His allegations could increase pressure on Brooks, one of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s closest confidantes and who has so far insisted she knew nothing of alleged illegal practices at the paper, to resign.

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