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Nov 27, 2013

Britain wins secrecy ruling on Litvinenko radiation poisoning

LONDON (Reuters) – Evidence held by the British government relating to the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium should remain secret on grounds of national security, the High Court in London ruled on Wednesday.

Litvinenko, 43, was an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who died in London in 2006 after drinking tea that had been laced with a rare isotope, polonium-210. From his deathbed, he accused Putin of ordering his murder, a charge the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

Nov 26, 2013

Legal hostilities over England’s King Richard III adjourned

LONDON (Reuters) – A legal fight over the remains of England’s King Richard III, discovered under a car park some 500 years after the medieval monarch was slain in battle, was adjourned until the New Year on Tuesday.

The skeleton of Richard, whose death effectively ended a civil war known as The War of the Roses and whose reign has divided historians ever since, was discovered last year in one of the most remarkable English archaeological finds in recent times.

Nov 21, 2013

News Corp exec said hacking scandal wouldn’t drag in Brooks

LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A senior executive of Rupert
Murdoch’s News Corp said the company would not allow the media
mogul’s close lieutenant Rebekah Brooks to be dragged into a
phone-hacking scandal, the jury at her trial was told on
Thursday.

Brooks, former editor of the News of the World tabloid and
chief executive from 2009 at Murdoch’s British newspaper arm
News International, is accused of conspiring to illegally
intercept voicemails on mobile phones.

Nov 20, 2013

Ex-news editor wanted phone-hacker axed, London court told

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – A former senior journalist at
Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World emailed then editor Andy
Coulson telling him to sack the private eye who has since
admitted carrying out phone-hacking for the paper, a British
court was told on Wednesday.

Ian Edmondson, who is on trial with Coulson on charges of
conspiracy to commit phone-hacking, sent the email in February
2005 saying that large payments to Glenn Mulcaire should stop,
the jury at London’s Old Bailey court heard.

Nov 13, 2013

Death of British spy found padlocked in bag was accidental: British police

LONDON (Reuters) – A British spy, whose naked, decomposing body was found padlocked in a bag in his bathtub, probably died accidentally on his own, police said on Wednesday, rejecting conspiracy theories that his bizarre death was the work of foreign agents.

In May last year, a coroner concluded that Gareth Williams, who was working for Britain’s external intelligence service MI6 when he was found dead at his home in August 2010, was probably killed unlawfully by another person.

Nov 12, 2013

Angelina Jolie stunt double had phone hacked, UK court hears

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – A stunt double for Angelina Jolie
had her phone hacked by a private eye working for a Rupert
Murdoch British tabloid to gain information about the actress’s
relationship with Brad Pitt, a trial of two former editors heard
on Tuesday.

Eunice Huthart, who was also a good friend of the actress,
was targeted by the News of the World in 2005 and 2006 when
there was huge media interest in the Hollywood stars’
relationship, prosecutors told the Old Bailey court.

Nov 12, 2013

Angelina Jolie stunt double had phone hacked, British court hears

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – A stunt double for Angelina Jolie
had her phone hacked by a private eye working for a Rupert
Murdoch British tabloid to gain information about the actress’s
relationship with Brad Pitt, a trial of two former editors was
told on Tuesday.

Eunice Huthart, who was also a good friend of the actress,
was targeted by the News of the World paper in 2005 and 2006
when there was huge media interest in the Hollywood stars’
relationship, prosecutors told the Old Bailey court.

Nov 7, 2013

Hacked voicemails found in safe of Murdoch’s UK news company, court told

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Recordings of hacked voicemail
messages from then British Home Secretary were found in the safe
of the top lawyer at Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, the
trial of two of his former editors over phone-hacking was told
on Thursday.

The messages from David Blunkett, in charge of policing and
security as Prime Minister Tony Blair’s interior minister at the
time, were hacked from the phone of his lover in 2004, London’s
Old Bailey central criminal court heard.

Nov 5, 2013

Murdoch reporters accessed missing girl’s phone messages, court hears

LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s
News of the World told police hunting for a missing schoolgirl
in 2002 they had accessed her phone’s voicemail messages, a
London court heard on Tuesday, as prosecutors focused in on the
case at the heart of the trial.

Stuart Kuttner, then managing editor of the tabloid,
contacted Surrey Police investigating the disappearance of Milly
Dowler to say they had details of her voicemails, according to
testimony the prosecution gave to show Kuttner was aware of the
phone-hacking. Dowler was later found murdered.

Nov 4, 2013

Brooks tried to hide hacking evidence – prosecutor

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, and her husband were involved in an elaborate but botched plan to hide computers and documents from police investigating phone-hacking, a London court heard on Monday.

Brooks, a former editor of Murdoch’s News of the World and Sun newspapers, also arranged with her personal assistant for seven boxes full of her archived notebooks to be spirited away before detectives could get hold of them, prosecutor Andrew Edis told England’s Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey.