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U.K. lawmaker asks for police investigation of James Murdoch

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp executive James Murdoch could face a police investigation into claims he gave “mistaken” testimony to Britain’s parliament this week, deepening the legal crisis that has engulfed the Murdoch family’s media empire. Police said they had received a letter on Friday from opposition lawmaker Tom Watson,…

At Asian security summit, China and U.S. play down tensions

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – The United States and China moved to repair strained ties on Friday, saying tensions over the South China Sea were easing with new conduct guidelines between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, meeting at…

Former employees claim James Murdoch misled British parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – James Murdoch gave “mistaken” testimony to a British parliamentary committee, two senior ex-News of the World executives said on Thursday, the most direct accusation made so far against News Corp’s heir apparent in a phone-hacking scandal. Murdoch said he stood behind his testimony to the committee, which…

Prague to host its first Gay Pride parade

PRAGUE — Prague will next month host its first-ever Gay Pride parade, organisers announced Thursday, adding that government approval for the event offered proof that politicians welcome gays in the city. Prague Pride 2011 will run from August 10-14 and include some 60 separate events, including a colourful parade through…

Amnesty International: Hanging video shows brutality of Iran executions

LONDON — A graphic video of a public hanging in Iran of three men convicted for rape shows the “brutalisation” of the condemned and those who watch executions, Amnesty International said Thursday. In the video, which the London-based human rights watchdog said it received from a blogger, the men are…

Hundreds rally in Tunisia to denounce violence

TUNIS — Hundreds of Tunisians rallied in the capital Thursday, denouncing the “violence and chaos” that persist six months after the toppling of authoritarian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The protesters marched for three kilometres (two miles) to the central Pasteur square, closely watched by police, while chanting “Yes…

Records suggest prime minister’s aide knew about Murdoch bribery scheme

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland Yard investigators have cryptic financial records corroborating suspicions that former News of the World editor Andy Coulson knew about illegal payments to police officers, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The cash records tally with payments suggested in an email discussion between Coulson and the newspaper’s…

Europe eyes sweeping new powers for rescue fund

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone leaders were set to give their financial rescue fund sweeping new powers to prevent contagion and help Greece overcome its debt crisis, according to the draft conclusions of an emergency summit on Thursday. The leaders met in Brussels after the European Central Bank signaled in a policy reversal that it was willing…

Hacking probe extends beyond Murdoch papers

More newspapers became embroiled in the phone-hacking scandal on Thursday as the deputy prime minister said the crisis was a chance to clean up “murky” ties between politicians, police and the media. After hacking allegations at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World closed the Sunday tabloid, it emerged that police…

US panel rejects bid to end all Pakistan aid

A US Congress panel on Thursday rejected a proposal to cut off all aid to Pakistan due to concerns over the country’s relationship with Islamic militants after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The House Foreign Affairs Committee easily rejected the measure, with five lawmakers voting yes and 39 voting…

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