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Jul 7, 2011

Murdoch stuns critics, shuts down scandal-hit paper

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – In a breathtaking response to a
scandal engulfing his media empire, Rupert Murdoch moved on
Thursday to close down the News of the World, Britain’s biggest
selling Sunday newspaper.

As allegations mounted this week that its journalists had
hacked the voicemails of thousands of people, from child murder
victims to the families of Britain’s war dead, the tabloid had
haemorrhaged advertising and alienated millions of readers.

Jul 7, 2011

Murdoch hacking crisis deepens with war dead outcry

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – A scandal rocking Rupert
Murdoch’s media empire deepened on Thursday with claims his
best-selling News of the World paper hacked the phones of
relatives of British soldiers killed in action.

Britain’s military veterans’ association broke off a deal to
campaign with the paper on improving conditions for service
families, signalling how far the scandal is alienating a core
readership, already horrified by suggestions that journalists
accessed the messages not only of celebrities and politicians,
but also missing children and the relatives of bombing victims.

Jul 6, 2011

Murdoch defends papers as Cameron pledges hacking probe

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch promised full
cooperation on Wednesday to resolve a scandal shaking his media
empire after British Prime Minister David Cameron promised an
inquiry into what he called “disgusting” phone hacking by a
newspaper.

Responding in parliament to allegations that the News of the
World eavesdropped on voicemail for victims of notorious crimes,
including child murders and suicide bombings, Cameron said he
was “revolted” and would order inquiries, probably into both the
specific case and more widely into Britain’s cut-throat media.

Jul 6, 2011

Cameron backs probe into phone hacking

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron on Wednesday said there should be an official inquiry
into a phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News
International that has prompted national outrage.

“We do need to have an inquiry, possibly inquiries, into
what has happened,” Cameron told parliament. People had been
“revolted” by the affair, in which journalists were said to have
tapped into the mobile phone of an abducted girl who was later
found to have been murdered.

Jul 6, 2011

UK lawmakers to debate phone-hacking scandal

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – British lawmakers will hold an
emergency debate on Wednesday over a phone-hacking scandal at a
top-selling newspaper that has prompted calls for the
resignation of a well-connected Rupert Murdoch executive and
provoked a public outcry that could damage the paper’s sales.

Revelations that the News of the World may have accessed the
voicemail messages of crime victims — including an abducted
13-year-old girl later found murdered — have caused outrage in
Britain and brought to a head a long-running saga previously
thought to have targeted celebrities and other high-profile
figures.

Jul 6, 2011

MPs to debate Murdoch press phone-hacking claims

LONDON (Reuters) – MPs will hold an emergency debate on Wednesday over a phone-hacking scandal at a top-selling newspaper that has prompted calls for the resignation of a well-connected Rupert Murdoch executive and provoked a public outcry that could damage the paper’s sales.

Revelations that the News of the World may have accessed the voicemail messages of crime victims — including an abducted 13-year-old girl later found murdered — have caused outrage and brought to a head a long-running saga previously thought to have targeted only celebrities and other high-profile figures.

Jul 6, 2011

UK lawmakers to debate Murdoch press phone-hacking claims

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – British lawmakers will hold an
emergency debate on Wednesday over a phone-hacking scandal at a
top-selling newspaper that has prompted calls for the
resignation of a well-connected Rupert Murdoch executive and
provoked a public outcry that could damage the paper’s sales.

Revelations that the News of the World may have accessed the
voicemail messages of crime victims — including an abducted
13-year-old girl later found murdered — have caused outrage in
Britain and brought to a head a long-running saga previously
thought to have targeted only celebrities and other high-profile
figures.

Jul 5, 2011

Who’s Who in scandal at heart of Murdoch empire

LONDON (Reuters) – A scandal over phone hacking by Britain’s biggest selling newspaper escalated on Tuesday after it emerged police were investigating whether the News of the World hacked the phone of a missing schoolgirl who was later found murdered.

That moved the affair, in which the paper has already admitted some staff accessed the voicemails of public figures, close to the heart of the Murdoch empire since one of his top executives was editor at the time the girl was abducted.

Jun 23, 2011

Healthcare doubts strengthen UK opposition policy

LONDON (Reuters) – Concerns about the future of Britain’s state-funded healthcare system have boosted support for the opposition’s healthcare policies, but that has yet to translate into increased support for Labour as a whole, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos MORI poll.

June’s survey shows a third of people now think that Labour has the best policies on healthcare (37 percent) compared to 21 percent. This is a Labour lead of 16 points, compared to 9 points in March last year, when the question was last asked.

Jun 23, 2011

Healthcare doubts boost support for Labour policy – poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Concerns about the future of state-funded healthcare system have boosted support for the opposition’s healthcare policies, but that has yet to translate into increased support for Labour as a whole, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos MORI poll.

June’s survey shows a third of people now think that Labour has the best policies on healthcare (37 percent) compared to 21 percent. This is a Labour lead of 16 points, compared to 9 points in March last year, when the question was last asked.

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