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Reporter who blew whistle on Murdoch found dead

UPDATE: Police: Death of News of the World whistleblower ‘not suspicious’ The reporter who blew open the phone hacking scandals now threatening to topple News Corporation has been found dead in his London home, according to a report in The Guardian. Sean Hoare, who covered show business for the now-defunct…

Yemen’s Saleh says dialogue needed to end crisis

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh called for “peaceful dialogue,” saying that is the way to end the country’s long-running political crisis, in an editorial published on Monday. “We have never ceased to emphasise the necessity of a peaceful dialogue to find a solution to all these problems,” Saleh wrote in…

PM calls emergency parliament session over hacking

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday bowed to opposition pressure and called an emergency session of parliament as the spiralling phone-hacking scandal claimed the scalp of Britain’s top police chief. As Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper empire, protested her innocence after her arrrest, Cameron defended…

EU presses Israel, Palestinians ahead of UN vote

European foreign ministers pressed Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to return to the negotiating table before a UN vote on recognising a Palestinian state, which could reveal divisions within the EU. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton sought to play down the risks involved in any UN resolution…

Russia launches giant telescope in deep space return

Russia on Monday launched into space its Spektr-R radio telescope planned to be the most powerful ever, the first deep space observatory sent up by Moscow in a quarter of a century. Spektr-R will scour the fringes of the universe for black holes, mysterious quasar radio sources and also the…

Former Fox News producer claimed network’s ‘Brain Room’ led to phone hacking

A former producer with Fox News claimed in a lengthy essay gaining new traction this week that the conservative television station has a “Brain Room” in its New York headquarters which enables employees to view private telephone records with ease. Though published years ago, the allegations have returned to relevance…

Taliban video shows police execution: Pakistan officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani police said Monday that the Taliban had released a video showing policemen being executed by firing squad after being captured in the northwest. A senior police official told AFP the video was filmed on June 1, when Taliban besieged a police checkpost in Upper Dir, about…

Double eruption at Indonesia volcano: vulcanologist

An Indonesian volcano erupted twice on Monday following its biggest eruption in weeks over the weekend, a government vulcanologist said, forcing people to remain in safety shelters. “The two eruptions happened within ten minutes which sent a column of ash and smoke up to 600 metres (1,968 feet) into the…

Child, 5, killed in Thai temple shooting: police

A five-year-old girl and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured in southern Thailand when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair, police said Monday. Police said a group of assailants opened fire inside the temple in Surat Thani province on Sunday,…

Israel ‘violates rights’ of young Palestinians: study

Israel is violating the rights of young Palestinians accused of stone-throwing, failing to protect them as minors and mistreating them during arrest, an Israeli rights group said on Monday. In a report entitled “No Minor Matter,” B’Tselem found that military law encouraged minors to plead guilty to avoid lengthy pre-trial…

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