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Private funeral planned for Amy Winehouse

The family and close friends of Amy Winehouse were set to hold a private funeral for the British soul singer on Tuesday, as her boyfriend paid tribute to “my dear love”. A family spokesman said the ceremony for the troubled 27-year-old, who was found dead at her north London home…

Another UK news group launches review after hacking row

Trinity Mirror, one of Britain’s largest newspaper publishers, said Tuesday it was conducting an internal review of its editorial controls following the phone-hacking scandal. However, a spokesman insisted that the review was not an investigation, nor was it in response to any allegations against the group’s newspapers, which include the…

Former PM Blair says not a victim of phone hacking

Former prime minister Tony Blair Tuesday described phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. as “despicable”, but said he did not believe it had happened to him. Blair, who was in power during the years much of the hacking allegedly took place, would not comment on whether 80-year-old Murdoch should…

Germany opens taboo-shattering Wagner festival

BAYREUTH, Germany — Germany’s 100th Wagner opera festival kicked off here Monday in an edition that will include a taboo-busting performance by an Israeli orchestra. The annual tribute to the works of the 19th-century composer, a fervent anti-Semite who later inspired Nazi leaders, will include for the first time a…

Dow Jones panel defends Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — A special committee set up to ensure the editorial integrity of The Wall Street Journal following its 2007 purchase by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. said Monday it found no evidence of wrongdoing at the newspaper. But the five-person committee did say that the Journal was “slower than it…

‘Anonymous’ hackers access Austrian bank data

The Austrian branch of the hacker group Anonymous accessed the bank data of 96,000 people in an attack on the website of the country’s GIS television licence agency, officials said on Monday. The hacker group, which was targeted last week by US authorities in a crackdown that included 16 arrests,…

News Corp’s U.K. political meetings to be published

LONDON (Reuters) – Ministers in Britain’s coalition government, criticized for being too close to Rupert Murdoch’s scandal-hit News Corp, face more scrutiny this week when details of their meetings with the company’s executives are published. News Corp executive James Murdoch is also under pressure over his handling of a phone-hacking…

NYT writer: James and Rupert Murdoch are ‘done’

With James Murdoch being pursued for allegedly lying to the British Parliament, and his father Rupert on the ropes and refusing to accept any responsibility for the mess his company has created, at least one prominent writer for The New York Times is predicting the downfall of both men. “Mr.…

Mystery ‘Murdoch Leaks’ site appears online

A site geared toward collecting anonymously sourced information about the phone hacking scandal surrounding Australian magnate Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, News Corp., has appeared online. Thus far, Murdoch Leaks, as the site is titled, only has submission information displayed. “With the recent phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of…

James Murdoch under pressure over testimony

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp executive James Murdoch was under pressure on Monday over his handling of a phone-hacking scandal that has hit the Murdoch family’s media empire and could jeopardize his own position at the company. British police are considering a request from opposition Labour politician Tom Watson to…

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