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Pot-smoking diabetic woman receives $125,000 settlement after police abuse

A woman arrested for smoking pot on the Lower East Side last year actually came out of the ordeal not with a ticket, but instead with a $125,000 settlement check from the New York Police Department, the New York Post reported. The woman, Jaime Rutkowski, is diabetic. While police held…

MPs to grill Murdochs, Brooks over phone hacking

Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former aide Rebekah Brooks faced an extraordinary showdown with MPs on Tuesday over the phone hacking crisis that has rocked Britain and threatens the media mogul’s empire. Until recently the three most powerful figures in the British media, they will answer questions from a…

Wall Street Journal attacks critics of Rupert Murdoch

NEW YORK — The News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal blasted critics Monday for double standards and insisted that the phone-tapping scandal in Britain should not tarnish all of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. The powerful Journal, the flagship of Murdoch’s US print operations, also warned that pressure to investigate News Corp.…

PM calls emergency parliament session over hacking

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday bowed to opposition pressure and called an emergency session of parliament as the spiralling phone-hacking scandal claimed the scalp of Britain’s top police chief. As Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper empire, protested her innocence after her arrrest, Cameron defended…

Taliban video shows police execution: Pakistan officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani police said Monday that the Taliban had released a video showing policemen being executed by firing squad after being captured in the northwest. A senior police official told AFP the video was filmed on June 1, when Taliban besieged a police checkpost in Upper Dir, about…

Child, 5, killed in Thai temple shooting: police

A five-year-old girl and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured in southern Thailand when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair, police said Monday. Police said a group of assailants opened fire inside the temple in Surat Thani province on Sunday,…

Afghan MP, top Karzai aide feared killed: police official

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a top advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a member of the country’s parliament in a residential district of Kabul on Sunday, just days after the president’s brother was gunned down at home, officials said. The spokesman for Kabul’s police chief said two or…

Prime Minister under fire after top U.K. cop resigns amid phone hacking scandal

Update: Cameron said to have met with Murdoch executives 26 times in 15 months Prime Minister David Cameron faced fresh questions on Monday over the phone-hacking scandal convulsing the establishment after Britain’s top police officer quit over his ties to Rupert Murdoch’s empire. Scotland Yard chief Paul Stephenson resigned on…

Afghan transition begins with a whimper amid attack

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan began the long-publicized transition to control of its own security amid secrecy, not fanfare, on Sunday, a reminder of how tense the country is as foreign troops start to head home and violence spreads. Ministers flew to central Bamiyan province, one of the most peaceful places…

Murdoch aide Brooks ‘arrested’ in phone hack scandal

British police on Sunday reportedly arrested a former top aide to Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks, over the hacking scandal that has led to calls for the break-up of the media mogul’s empire in the country. Brooks, 43, who resigned on Friday as chief executive of Murdoch’s British newspaper wing on…

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