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Jun 24, 2014

Protégée’s acquittal boosts Murdoch, but spell over UK politics broken

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – The acquittal of Rupert
Murdoch’s protegee over phone hacking at his News of the World
tabloid is a relief for the 83-year-old tycoon and his
businesses, although his 40 year spell over British politics is
probably still broken for good.

A jury on Tuesday found former News of the World editor Andy
Coulson guilty of conspiracy to hack into voicemail messages.
But Murdoch’s protegee Rebekah Brooks was cleared of those
charges, as well as accusations of making illegal payments to
officials and perverting the course of justice.

Jun 24, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of all hacking charges in UK trial

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted on Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in the hunt for exclusive news.

A jury at London’s Old Bailey cleared Brooks unanimously but found Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief and ex-editor of one of Murdoch’s British titles, guilty of being part of the phone-hacking conspiracy after a seven-month trial.

Jun 11, 2014

Jury sent out in UK phone-hacking trial of ex-Murdoch editors

LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – A jury retired on Wednesday to
consider whether two ex-Rupert Murdoch editors, one the media
mogul’s protege and the other a former close aide to the British
Prime Minister, were guilty over phone-hacking offences and
illegal payments to officials.

After more than seven months of listening to graphic details
about the “dark arts” of British tabloid journalism, the eight
women and three men at London’s Old Bailey court will have to
decide whether Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were complicit in
illegal activities with their staff.

May 28, 2014

Hacking case against UK PM Cameron’s ex-media chief “cavalier”-court

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – The prosecution of Andy Coulson,
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief, over
phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid has
been cavalier and unfair, his lawyer told a London court on
Wednesday.

The jury at London’s Old Bailey court, where Coulson and six
others are on trial, must not think a senior figure at Murdoch’s
company had to be held to blame for the scandal which engulfed
the media mogul’s empire in July 2011, said Coulson’s lawyer
Timothy Langdale.

May 23, 2014

England’s King Richard III to be re-buried near scene of his death

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s King Richard III, whose body was discovered under a municipal car park, will be reburied near to where he was slain in battle 500 years ago, a court ruled on Friday, dashing the hopes of his distant descendants who had wanted his remains to be taken back to his northern stronghold.

The unearthing two years ago of the remains of the last English king to die in battle was one of the most important archaeological finds of recent years.

May 22, 2014

‘Substantial’ police activity set in hunt for missing UK girl

LONDON (Reuters) – The seven-year search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann, who vanished on a family holiday in Portugal, is heading towards “a substantial stage of activity” although this did not mean a breakthrough was in sight, British police said on Thursday.

McCann was three when she disappeared from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, prompting a global hunt and worldwide headlines.

May 21, 2014

Prince Charles likens Russia’s Putin to Hitler – paper

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler over his stance on Ukraine, according to a British newspaper.

During a royal tour of Canada, the 65-year-old prince told a Jewish woman who fled from Poland during World War Two that “Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler”, the Daily Mail said on Wednesday.

May 21, 2014

UK’s Prince Charles likens Russia’s Putin to Hitler: paper

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler over his stance on Ukraine, according to a British newspaper.

During a royal tour of Canada, the 65-year-old prince told a Jewish woman who fled from Poland during World War Two that “Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler”, the Daily Mail said on Wednesday.

May 20, 2014

‘No smoking gun’ in UK hacking case against Brooks, court told

LONDON (Reuters) – The phone-hacking trial of Rupert Murdoch’s former British newspaper boss Rebekah Brooks was told on Tuesday there was no “smoking gun” evidence to prove she knew about illegal interception of celebrities’ voicemail messages.

The seven-month trial, now nearing its end, has heard that Brooks condoned the practice at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid in an effort to discover exclusive stories.

May 14, 2014

Ex-reporter tells UK court he hacked William and Kate’s phones nearly 200 times

LONDON (Reuters) – The former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid admitted to a London court on Wednesday he had repeatedly hacked the voicemails of Princes William and Harry, and William’s wife Kate Middleton.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally accessing voicemails on the mobile phones of royal aides, said he had hacked Queen Elizabeth’s grandsons almost a decade ago in search of stories while working at the now-defunct tabloid.