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Oct 31, 2013

Murdoch editors Brooks, Coulson had affair, British hacking trial told

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson,
former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World
tabloid, had a six-year affair at the time their reporters
hacked phone messages of politicians and royalty, a London court
heard on Thursday.

Revealing their close ties, prosecutor Andrew Edis said the
intimacy of their relationship indicated both knew as much as
the other about the criminal activities of senior journalists on
the paper.

Oct 31, 2013

Murdoch editors Brooks, Coulson had affair, hacking trial told

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, were having an affair at the time their reporters are accused of hacking into phones, a court heard on Thursday.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis said the intimacy of their relationship indicated each knew as much as the other about how their reporters were operating. Both have denied conspiring to hack into phones or making illegal payments to public officials.

Oct 31, 2013

Murdoch staff turned to hacking in ‘dog-eat-dog’ world, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Reporters on Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World repeatedly hacked the phones of senior politicians and even rival journalists in a desperate bid to get ahead on salacious front-page stories, a London court heard on Thursday.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two of Britain’s most high profile former newspaper editors, are on trial with six others accused of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages and make illegal payments to find exclusives when they ran the now defunct Sunday tabloid and its daily sister tabloid, the Sun.

Oct 30, 2013

Murdoch editors must have known of phone hacking, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, a former top editor, and Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief, oversaw a system of phone-hacking and illegal payments when they ran Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids, a London court heard at the start of their trial on Wednesday.

Setting out the prosecution case, Andrew Edis said Brooks was linked to both phone-hacking that ruined the tabloid News of the World and the practice of paying public officials for stories at its sister newspaper, the Sun. Brooks, 45, later ran Murdoch’s British newspaper division from 2009 to 2011.

Oct 29, 2013

British justice on trial in phone-hacking trial, jury told

LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The jury trying the editors of
one of Rupert Murdoch’s former newspapers over phone hacking
were told on Tuesday that British justice itself would be on
trial.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, former editors of Murdoch’s
now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of conspiring
to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile phones
belonging to politicians, celebrities, and victims of crime to
obtain exclusive news.

Oct 28, 2013

High-profile British phone-hacking trial begins

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s former British
newspaper chief and Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media head
went on trial for phone hacking on Monday at the start of one of
Britain’s most high profile court cases in years.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, and
victims of crime and ordinary people, to obtain exclusive news.

Oct 28, 2013

Britain’s high-profile phone-hacking trial to begin

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The trial of Rupert Murdoch’s
former British newspaper chief and Prime Minister David
Cameron’s ex-media head begins on Monday in what will be
Britain’s most high-profile and eagerly-awaited criminal case in
years.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, as well as
victims of crime and ordinary people, to secure exclusives.

Oct 14, 2013

British police unveil new evidence in missing McCann girl case

LONDON (Reuters) – A British detective heading an investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who vanished while on holiday in Portugal six years ago, said new evidence suggested the British youngster was snatched in a planned abduction.

McCann, then aged three, disappeared from her family’s apartment at the Praia da Luz resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.

Oct 10, 2013

Leveson frustrated at wrangling over landmark press report

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The judge who oversaw a year-long
inquiry into Britain’s often unruly press said on Thursday he
was frustrated his conclusions had been misconstrued as talks
between politicians and editors over how newspapers should be
policed face stalemate.

Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to find a
compromise between those demanding tougher regulation of
newspapers, and angry newspaper barons and senior colleagues who
argue the freedom of the press is in jeopardy.

Oct 8, 2013

Leader of British anti-Islamist protest group quits over extremism

LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of a British anti-Islamist protest group accused of inflaming racial tensions said on Tuesday he was quitting the organization because he no longer felt able to control far-right extremists.

The Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think-tank which said it had brokered the move, hailed it as a big success for community relations but one expert on the far-right warned it could lead to further radicalization and violence.