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May 7, 2014

Editors ran Murdoch UK paper where ‘rotten state’ existed, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson would have been incompetent to not know of phone-hacking when they edited Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World amid a “rotten state of affairs”, prosecutors told a London court on Wednesday.

Brooks, who later ran News Corp.’s British newspaper arm, and Coulson, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief until 2011, are accused of conspiracy to hack mobile phones and authorizing illegal payments to public officials.

Apr 29, 2014

Terrorists have changed methods since Snowden leaks -UK official

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Terrorists have substantially
changed their methods of communication since leaks by former
U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden, hindering
intelligence agencies’ efforts to track them, a senior British
security official said on Tuesday.

“The Snowden effect has been a very, very severe one,”
Stephen Phipson, a director at Britain’s Office for Security and
Counter Terrorism (OSCT), told a London security conference.

Apr 24, 2014

UK police ask Muslim women to help stop youngsters going to Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – British police are asking Muslim women to dissuade young people in their communities from going to fight in Syria, the latest tactic by a European government worried about the security risk posed by youths radicalized by war.

Governments estimate that several thousand Europeans have gone to Syria since the war against President Bashar al-Assad started three years ago. The Dutch said this week that dozens of its citizens had been radicalized in Syria, and France announced its own measures to counter the phenomenon.

Apr 23, 2014

Cameron’s ex-media chief denies trying to cover up hacking

LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s
ex-media chief told a London court on Wednesday he had not tried
to cover up phone-hacking at the Rupert Murdoch paper he once
edited, but said he had not offered detectives any information
either.

Andy Coulson, who was Cameron’s head of communications until
2011, is on trial accused of conspiracy to hack voicemail
messages on mobile phones whilst he was editor of Murdoch’s now
defunct News of the World tabloid. He denies the charge.

Apr 18, 2014

Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Labour Party has hired David Axelrod, the U.S. strategist who helped President Barack Obama win two presidential terms, to help with its campaign for the 2015 election, the opposition party said on Friday.

Axelrod plans to replicate tactics he used in the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 to win Britons over to Labour and its leader Ed Miliband, focusing on the wealth gap and the “squeezed middle”.

Apr 16, 2014

Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told a London court on Wednesday he had listened to a recording of hacked voicemail messages left by the country’s then interior minister as far back as 2004.

Coulson, who was editing Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid at the time, is on trial for conspiring to hack into voicemail messages in a case that has shaken the media tycoon’s empire and Britain’s political elite.

Apr 16, 2014

UK PM’s former media chief tells court he heard hacked messages

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told a London court on Wednesday he had listened to a recording of hacked voicemail messages left by the country’s then interior minister as far back as 2004.

Coulson, who was editing Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid at the time, is on trial for conspiring to hack into voicemail messages in a case that has shaken the media tycoon’s empire and Britain’s political elite.

Apr 15, 2014

Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Rupert Murdoch editor Andy Coulson told a London court on Tuesday he had not been involved in illegally tapping into the mobile phone messages of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the incident that ignited Britain’s phone-hacking scandal and sent shockwaves through the country’s establishment.

Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief, said he had never engaged in illegal hacking activity, nor had known staff working for the News of the World Sunday tabloid had tapped into Dowler’s messages.

Apr 14, 2014

Cameron’s ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong

LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – David Cameron’s former media
chief Andy Coulson told a London court on Monday he had not
spoken to the British prime minister since his arrest, and
admitted his affair with Rebekah Brooks when working for Rupert
Murdoch tabloids was wrong.

Coulson and Brooks, the ex-boss of News Corp.’s
British newspaper arm, are on trial accused of charges linked to
phone-hacking. Prosecutors have suggested that their affair
played a key role in their involvement in criminal offences.

Apr 9, 2014

Peaches Geldof post-mortem tests inconclusive, police say

LONDON (Reuters) – A post-mortem examination into the death of Peaches Geldof, the second daughter of Band Aid founder and musician Bob Geldof, has proved inconclusive “pending toxicology tests”, British police said on Wednesday.

Geldof, 25, a media and fashion personality in her own right and a mother of two young children, was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, in southern England, on Monday.