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U.K. phone-hacking inquiry to examine links to ‘rogue’ intelligence services

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron agreed last week to allow the News of the World phone-hacking inquiry to examine allegations that the newspaper’s publisher, the London-based News International, had close dealings with “rogue” members of the intelligence services. The allegations were made by Member of Parliament Tom Watson in…

Murdoch due in Britain to tackle hacking crisis

Rupert Murdoch was heading to London on Saturday to take charge of dealing with the phone-hacking scandal at Britain’s News of the World tabloid, as journalists prepared the paper’s final edition. The News Corp. chief was expected to arrive in Britain on Sunday, a company source said, just days after…

Senate Ethics Committee refers Ensign case to DOJ after finding he ‘violated laws’

The Senate Ethics Committee has come the conclusion that former Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and others broke a number of laws while trying to cover up an affair he had with a campaign staffer between 2007 and 2008. “In the course of its inquiry, the Committee discovered information giving reason…

Leaked UN report urges Sri Lanka war crimes probe

A UN panel has called for an independent inquiry into “credible” allegations that Sri Lanka committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in its final 2009 offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels. The panel of experts, appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, submitted its report last week, and leaked excerpts were…

Mubarak and sons detained for 15 days

CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt’s ailing ex-president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been placed in detention for 15 days as part of an inquiry into the use of force against protesters, prosecutors said on Wednesday. A statement on the public prosecutor’s Facebook page said chief prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmud…

Enough equipment stolen from UK military for ‘small coup’: official

Items such as night vision goggles, pistols, field kits, boots, body armor, machinery and rations have gone missing around British military bases in the past year, and officials there say the disappearances are starting to add up. “There’s enough military equipment to launch a small coup,” Luciana Berger, an MP,…

Scare over IV food after nine die in US hospitals

WASHINGTON – An inquiry is underway after nine US hospital patients died, and 10 others fell ill, having being fed intravenously with apparently contaminated liquid food, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The 19 people were patients at six Alabama hospitals, and health authorities in the southern state have called on the…

Quake-hit New Zealand braces for more than 240 deaths

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – New Zealand was warned on Tuesday to brace for more than 240 deaths from the Christchurch earthquake, as the country prepared to observe two minutes’ silence for the victims. The official toll stands at 154 after last week’s devastating 6.3-magnitude quake in New Zealand’s second largest…

British PM demands release of Blair’s secret letters to Bush on Iraq war

It appears the British are much harder on their former leaders than Americans. Amid an inquiry into the 2003 military invasion of Iraq, David Cameron, the sitting British Prime Minister, called for public pressure on former Prime Minister Tony Blair over his refusal to release letters sent to US President…

Bomb blasts in Swiss, Chilean embassies in Rome

ROME (AFP) – Parcel bomb blasts in the Chilean and Swiss embassies in Rome injured two staffers on Thursday, officials said, as Italian prosecutors opened an inquiry for a suspected “attack with terrorist aims.” Checks are currently under way in all the embassies in Rome after the blasts and the…

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