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James Murdoch turns on other execs in hacking probe

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – James Murdoch blamed other senior News Corp executives on Thursday for not telling him more about potential evidence of widespread phone-hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid that he oversaw. In a second questioning by British parliamentarians, Murdoch, who is fighting to keep…

British PM suffers parliamentary rebellion over Europe

David Cameron was on Monday licking his wounds after the largest parliamentary rebellion of his premiership as 79 Tory MPs voted in favour of a referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe. The government won the House of Commons vote late Monday by 483 votes to 111 due to support from…

British PM’s top aide was on News Corp. payroll while working for government

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, at the centre of phone hacking claims, was still being paid by the tabloid’s owners while employed as the Conservative Party’s media chief, the BBC said. Coulson received several hundred thousand pounds in severance pay after he began work in July 2007…

British minister accused of ‘outright misogyny’ for rape comment

LONDON — Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke was Wednesday battling to save his job after suggesting there was a distinction between “serious rape” and other forms of the crime. The former shadow finance minister was taking part in a BBC radio phone-in when he replied to host Victoria Derbyshire’s assertion that…

British PM Cameron urges ‘muscular liberalism’ to combat Islamic extremism

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned his country’s long-standing policy of multiculturalism as a failure Saturday, saying it was partly to blame for fostering Islamist extremism. In a speech to the Munich Security Conference, Cameron said many young British Muslims were drawn to violent ideology because they found no strong…

Murdoch paper’s phone hacking targeted ex-prime minister: reports

LONDON — Britain’s opposition Labour party called Sunday for a fresh police probe into phone-hacking by journalists, amid reports that former prime minister Gordon Brown was among the high-profile figures targeted. Fresh revelations in the scandal over phone hacking at the Rupert Murdoch owned News of the World forced Prime…

Embattled Irish PM steps down as party leader

DUBLIN – Ireland’s embattled Prime Minister Brian Cowen announced Saturday he was stepping down as leader of his Fianna Fail party but would remain as the country’s premier ahead of the March 11 general election. In a surprise move after a week of political turmoil, Cowen said he wanted the…

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