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Jan 27, 2014

Phone-hacking trial revelation shocks actor Jude Law

LONDON (Reuters) – Film star Jude Law told Britain’s phone-hacking trial on Monday he was not aware a close relative had been paid to leak stories about him to Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid.

During dramatic testimony at the trial of two of Murdoch’s former editors, a shocked Law was passed a note with the name of a close family member he was told was selling details to the paper at the time it printed stories about his ex-girlfriend Sienna Miller and her affair with James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

Jan 27, 2014

British phone-hacking trial revelation shocks actor Jude Law

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Film star Jude Law told Britain’s
phone-hacking trial on Monday he was not aware a close relative
had been paid to leak stories about him to Rupert Murdoch’s now
defunct News of the World tabloid.

During dramatic testimony at the trial of two of Murdoch’s
former editors, a shocked Law was passed a note with the name of
a close family member he was told was selling details to the
paper at the time it printed stories about his ex-girlfriend
Sienna Miller and her affair with James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

Jan 17, 2014

Archaeologists might have found bone of England’s King Alfred the Great

WINCHESTER (Reuters) – A team of archaeologists said on Friday they believed they might have found part of the remains of ninth-century monarch King Alfred the Great, one of the best-known and most important figures from early English history.

Tests have shown that a pelvic bone found in a museum box is likely to have been either that of Alfred – the only English king to have the moniker “Great” – or his son King Edward the Elder.

Jan 15, 2014

Global press group visits Britain over newspaper freedom fears

LONDON (Reuters) – A global media organization began its first press freedom mission to Britain on Wednesday over concerns about the government’s plans to regulate newspapers and its response to the Edward Snowden revelations.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), based in Paris, said it would be holding meetings with Culture Secretary Maria Miller as part of a visit to Britain to discuss “worrying developments”.

Jan 14, 2014

Phone-hacking trial shown footage of alleged Brooks cover-up

LONDON (Reuters) – The trial of Rebekah Brooks, who ran Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was shown film footage on Tuesday of her husband involved in what prosecutors say was a botched plan to hide evidence from police investigating allegations of phone-hacking.

The day Brooks was first quizzed by police and before her home was searched, her husband, racehorse trainer Charlie, hid a laptop and a bag behind a bin in an underground car park of their plush London apartment block where it was picked up by the Brooks’ security team, prosecutors say.

Jan 14, 2014

British phone-hacking trial shown footage of alleged Brooks cover-up

LONDON (Reuters) – The trial of Rebekah Brooks, who ran Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was shown film footage on Tuesday of her husband involved in what prosecutors say was a botched plan to hide evidence from police investigating allegations of phone-hacking.

The day Brooks was first quizzed by police and before her home was searched, her husband, racehorse trainer Charlie, hid a laptop and a bag behind a bin in an underground car park of their plush London apartment block where it was picked up by the Brooks’s security team, prosecutors say.

Jan 8, 2014

Four U.S. Air Force helicopter crew believed killed in British crash

LONDON (Reuters) – Four crew members on board a U.S. military helicopter were believed to have been killed when their aircraft crashed in eastern England during a routine training operation on Tuesday, police and a Pentagon official said.

The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing based at the nearby U.S. air base RAF Lakenheath, went down at about 1.00 p.m. ET on marshland on the north Norfolk coast, a rural area about 130 miles northeast of London.

Jan 8, 2014

Four U.S. Air Force helicopter crew killed in British crash

LONDON (Reuters) – Four crew on board a U.S. military helicopter were killed when their aircraft crashed in eastern England during a routine training operation on Tuesday, police and U.S. Air Force (USAF)officials said.

The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing based at the nearby U.S. air base RAF Lakenheath, went down at about 1800 GMT on marshland on the north Norfolk coast, a rural area about 130 miles northeast of London.

Jan 7, 2014

Brooks’s assistant denies hiding News International boxes

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks’s personal
assistant told police investigating phone-hacking allegations
she withdrew boxes from News International’s archives at the
height of the scandal because it was convenient – and not to
hide them, a court heard on Tuesday.

Cheryl Carter, accused of helping her ex-boss conceal
material from police, said she had been asked by archivists to
remove seven boxes marked as notebooks belonging to Brooks
months earlier, but decided to get them when Brooks was on
holiday on July 8, 2011.

Dec 19, 2013

A London jihadist’s Kenyan connection

LONDON/MOMBASA (Reuters) – Like many teenage boys growing up in soccer-obsessed Britain, Michael Adebolajo enjoyed kicking a ball around the school yard. Those who knew him then say he was just a regular lad: not the next David Beckham, nor bottom of the class.

“He was a nice guy who enjoyed playing football. He was normal,” a schoolmate from secondary school, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. His life later took a turn.