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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…

U.K. government and police face heat over Murdoch links

The British government and police faced fresh pressure over their ties to Rupert Murdoch on Saturday as the media mogul published apologies in national newspapers over the phone hacking scandal. A day after Murdoch lost two of his most senior executives, the crisis returned to haunt the British establishment with…

U.S., Romania arrest more than 100 for cyber scams

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and Romanian police have arrested more than 100 people in a year-long effort to stop Internet fraud schemes that have cost Americans more than $100 million, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Romanian police carried out 117 raids on Friday, the Justice Department said. They…

Wisconsin recall Republican insists he doesn’t ‘smoke rocks’

The Republican candidate running to unseat a Democratic Wisconsin state Senator in next week’s recall election said Thursday that a child abuse investigation against him was “just another false accusation.” But discerning voters might think otherwise, considering his history. “I read a social services report yesterday that says I smoke…

Attorney General Holder formally announces News Corp. probe

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Department of Justice would launch an investigation of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire at News Corporation, to determine if anyone at the company attempted to spy on or bribe American citizens or officials. “There have been members of Congress in the United States…

Ohio serial killer heard ‘bad’ voices

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio jurors Thursday got a glimpse into the mind of a man accused of killing 11 women and storing their decomposing bodies for two years, watching a video of his police interrogation. Anthony Sowell, 51, has been little heard from during three weeks of gruesome testimony including…

Confirmed: FBI probing News Corp. allegations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a probe into allegations that employees of News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, attempted to bribe police and hack the voicemails of American citizens killed on Sept. 11, 2001, according to a senior law enforcement…

Second night of riots in Belfast

A second night of rioting erupted in Northern Ireland at the height of the Protestant marching season, with two police officers briefly set on fire by petrol bombs and numerous arrests, police said Wednesday. Rioters threw petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and fireworks at officers and set cars alight in the…

British parliament to vote against Murdoch deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Summoning a degree of national unity rarely seen outside times of war, Britain’s parliament will tell Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday to drop an expansion plan for his media empire while police probe possible crimes by his journalists. In a watershed moment for British politics, a barrier of…

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