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As a wholesale demolition of our trade, Lord Leveson's letter takes some beating

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Rupert Murdoch has sympathised with Prince Harry in the wake of the royal's naked photograph controversy, urging critics to give him "a break".

Phone-hacking charges may deal new blow to The Sun

Mrs Brooks, who denies all charges against her, is due to appear before magistrates next month

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No decisions have yet been taken on the exact timing of withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan after the end of this year, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman has said.

Times apology to Gordon Brown undermines its Leveson credibility

Back in 2008, shortly after becoming editor of The Times, James Harding redesigned the paper. Most notably, he changed page two to become a prominent noticeboard for the values and beliefs of the publication.

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Rupert Murdoch attacks 'the English' as he rules out Sky bid

Rupert Murdoch vowed not to make a new bid for BSkyB after the division of News Corporation yesterday, saying he would focus his media empire on the US because "the English" had made him unwilling to invest any further in the UK.

Market Report: BSkyB boosted by fresh takeover talk

Could the £8.3bn takeover that never was be revived? It has not quite yet been a year since Rupert Murdoch was forced to give up on his bid to snap up BSkyB thanks to the hacking scandal, but yesterday's news that News Corp could split itself up fuelled speculation that the broadcaster may become a target again.

Euro Diary 2012: Farewell Danny; Poles pilloried

Danny Fullbrook, chief football writer of the Daily Star, lost his long battle with cancer yesterday, at the age of 40. The news reached reporters covering the England team as they travelled to Donetsk.

Sweden 5 England 0: Swedish tabloid takes swipe at Roy Hodgson's side

Ahead of tonight's Euro 2012 clash between England and Sweden, a Swedish tabloid has mocked up numerous British tabloids depicting a heavy defeat for the Three Lions.

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Labour could force Wapping to sell a paper, says Ed Miliband

Labour could force Rupert Murdoch to sell at least one of his UK newspapers in order reduce his company's influence and power in the UK, the party's leader Ed Miliband said yesterday. He told the Leveson Inquiry that he had serious concerns about any one newspaper group controlling more than 30 per cent of the newspaper market.

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