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Brown accuses Murdoch papers of hiring criminals

Former prime minister Gordon Brown accused Rupert Murdoch’s media empire on Tuesday of using criminals to obtain his private documents, as MPs prepared to quiz police over phone hacking. In a major new twist in the row that led to the closure of the Murdoch-owned News of the World, Brown…

British ex-PM Brown hacked by multiple Murdoch papers: report

Former prime minister Gordon Brown had his phone hacked and bank account breached by several British newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, reports said Monday. Paperwork seized from News of the World phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire by Scotland Yard had references to both Brown and his wife Sarah, according…

UK Prime Minister’s former aide arrested over phone hacking

British police on Friday arrested Andy Coulson, the prime minister’s former communications chief and ex-editor of the News of the World tabloid, over the phone hacking scandal, Scotland Yard said. London’s Metropolitan Police said a 43-year-old man was in custody at a South London police station “in connection with allegations…

Murdoch to close News of the World over phone hacking scandal

British tabloid News of the World will print its last issue on Sunday, closing down after an investigation revealed it had participated in the phone hacking of celebrities, British politicians, the families of terrorist attack victims, dead soldiers and others. According to Sky News, the closure was announced on Thursday…

Murdoch paper ‘phone-hacked’ families of dead soldiers

The phone hacking scandal at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid the News of the World deepened on Thursday after reports that relatives of dead soldiers may have been targeted. The families of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan said they were appalled by reports in The Daily Telegraph that their phones…

UK newspaper hacking scandal widens

The scandal over claims that British tabloid News of the World hacked the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler took a new turn as it emerged that families of the 7/7 London bombings may also have been targeted. Graham Foulkes, whose 22-year-old son David was among the 52 people killed,…

Pressure on Murdoch over new phone hacking allegation

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the alleged hacking of a murdered schoolgirl’s voicemail by the News of the World, part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, as the scandal closed in on a top News Corp executive and Murdoch protegee. That the prime minister should find time…

Murdoch-owned tabloid ‘tapped phone of murdered girl’: report

LONDON — Journalists at a tabloid hacked the voicemail of a high-profile missing teenage girl, giving false hope to her family that she was alive when she had in fact been murdered, a report said Monday. In a grim new twist to the long-running phone-hacking row at the Rupert Murdoch-owned…

Stranded Aussies survive on nuts and rainwater

Two men have been rescued after surviving on nuts and rainwater for four days in the remote Australian desert after their car caught fire, police said on Monday. The experienced prospectors were found after one of them walked towards an Aboriginal community 60 kilometres (35 miles) away where was he…

Social gaming a big winner in smartphone boom

SINGAPORE (AFP) – More virtual livestock looks set to be traded and petulant fowl hurled at targets as social gaming takes hold in the booming mobile phone market, industry experts say. Social gaming, made popular by titles such as “Farmville” and “Angry Birds”, was one of the closely followed topics…

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