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News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks cleared of bribery charge in British hacking trial

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and the Sun tabloids, was found not guilty Thursday of approving a payment to a public official for a photo of Prince William. Brooks, who rose to become chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper division, still…

Retired police officer said he was personally followed by News of the World surveillance team

Lisa O’Carroll, guardian.co.uk The News of the World “jeopardised” the hunt for the Ipswich serial killer in 2006 after it hired former special forces soldiers to follow a police surveillance team tracking suspects, the Leveson inquiry has heard. Dave Harrison, a retired officer with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca),…

Six arrested in Murdoch tabloid phone-hacking probe

Detectives investigating phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World arrested six people on Tuesday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, London police said. Five men aged between 38 and 49 and one 43-year-old woman were arrested in dawn raids in London and other areas in southern…

Murdoch eyes two million sales for Sun on Sunday

Rupert Murdoch said he wanted his new Sun on Sunday tabloid to sell well over two million copies as the paper intended to replace the scandal-hit News of the World was about to roll off the presses. The benchmark would make the new edition comfortably the most-read weekly newspaper in Britain, topping the 1.9 million…

First Sun on Sunday to be printed next weekend

A new Sunday edition of Rupert Murdoch’s top-selling tabloid The Sun will hit the shelves this weekend, the paper said, seven months after the closure of its scandal-ridden sister title. “Rupert Murdoch said during his visit on Friday that a new Sunday title would be published ‘very soon’ – and that is a…

British police probe another Murdoch newspaper for hacking

Police are investigating The Times over claims that it hacked emails, it emerged Thursday, following the scandal over phone hacking at its sister paper the News of the World. The revelation follows the admission by the editor of The Times, James Harding, to an inquiry into press ethics last month that one of…

Four held in Murdoch police payments probe

Detectives investigating the suspected payment of police for information arrested a serving officer and three other men on Saturday, and searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. The investigation is linked to the police probe into phone-hacking at the News of the World, which Murdoch shut down in July after…

Ex-policeman arrested in phone-hacking probe

Police probing the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the Worldtabloid arrested a former Scotland Yard officer on Tuesday onsuspicion of leaking information to a journalist. The 52-year-old was arrested at his home in Berkshire, west of London, by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), and is currently in custody at a police station in the area, the IPCC said…

Murdoch staff defend Sun at hacking inquiry

Current and former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid The Sun defended the newspaper at the country’s phone-hacking inquiry on Monday, saying it could be a “powerful force for good”. Staff at Britain’s best-selling newspaper told the Leveson inquiry in London that they had seen no evidence that the The Sun was guilty…

Woman arrested in U.K. phone hacking probe

British police probing the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World arrested a 47-year-old woman Friday on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice, Scotland Yard said. The arrest was the 17th in the investigation into the illegal hacking of mobile phone voicemails by the tabloid,…

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