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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.

Apr 9, 2014

PM Cameron wins respite with minister resignation

LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron won some respite from a week of media and political
pressure overshadowing his efforts to hold ground in European
elections next month when a minister resigned over a contested
expenses claim.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced her resignation
hours before Cameron was expected to face a stormy exchange in
parliament over the affair, then a meeting with his own
lawmakers, many of them concerned by the continued controversy.

Apr 3, 2014

Sweden should come question Assange: Ecuador’s UK ambassador

LONDON (Reuters) – Sweden should question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador’s London embassy about sex assault claims that have kept him stuck there for almost two years, Quito’s ambassador to Britain said on Thursday.

His case is at a standstill, Ambassador Juan Falconi Puig told Reuters, and he could stay in the embassy indefinitely – protected by the asylum Ecuador has extended – if Stockholm does not break the logjam by sending someone to interrogate him.

Apr 1, 2014

Brooks’s husband “mortified” by stupid mistake to hide property

LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) – The husband of Rupert Murdoch’s
former British newspaper chief Rebekah Brooks said on Tuesday he
was “mortified” he had embarrassed his wife by hiding material
from police investigating phone-hacking but denied lying to
protect her.

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey where he and his wife are
on trial, Charlie Brooks said he had been stupid to hide
computers and his pornography collection from detectives and had
not realised that what he was doing might be a crime.

Mar 31, 2014

Charlie Brooks hid his ‘smut’ to protect wife Rebekah

LONDON (Reuters) – Charlie Brooks, the husband of Rupert Murdoch’s former British newspaper chief, told a London court on Monday he hid his porn collection from police investigating phone-hacking because he feared leaks to the press which would embarrass his wife.

Brooks’ wife Rebekah is on trial at London’s Old Bailey accused of conspiracy to hack phones and authorising illegal payments to public officials. They are both accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by hindering the police investigation.

Mar 31, 2014

Charlie Brooks hid his ‘smut’ to protect his ex-Murdoch CEO wife

LONDON (Reuters) – Charlie Brooks, the husband of Rupert Murdoch’s former British newspaper chief, told a London court on Monday he hid his porn collection from police investigating phone-hacking because he feared leaks to the press which would embarrass his wife.

Brooks’ wife Rebekah is on trial at London’s Old Bailey accused of conspiracy to hack phones and authorizing illegal payments to public officials. They are both accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by hindering the police investigation.

Mar 26, 2014

Oligarch Berezovsky was “broken man” after court battle, inquest hears

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky was a “broken man” after losing a multi-billion dollar court case to fellow Russian Roman Abramovich and regularly talked about killing himself in the months before his death, an inquest heard on Wednesday.

Berezovsky’s bodyguard Avi Navama said his employer had asked him about the best ways to commit suicide and told him he was “the poorest man in the world” after losing a $6 billion damages claim to the Chelsea football club owner in 2012.

Mar 25, 2014

Rebekah Brooks’s ex-PA denies destroying evidence for “beloved boss”

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks’s former
personal assistant denied on Tuesday that her “beloved boss” had
paid for flights for her and her family to Australia as a reward
for disposing of evidence that might incriminate the ex-News
Corp. executive over phone-hacking.

Prosecutors say Cheryl Carter, 49, removed seven boxes of
notebooks belonging to Brooks, who ran Rupert Murdoch’s British
newspaper arm News International, and destroyed them as
a phone-hacking scandal engulfed the company in July 2011.

Mar 20, 2014

Murdoch’s UK arm approved ‘industrial scale’ phone-hacking: court

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm approved phone-hacking “on an industrial scale” at its top-selling Sunday tabloid, the paper’s former royal editor told a London court on Thursday.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for hacking phones of senior aides to Britain’s royal family, made the allegation when asked why he had not raised the issue of bullying at the News of the World when he appealed against his dismissal following his conviction.