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Diana leaked royal directory to UK tabloid, court hears

The late Princess Diana leaked a royal phone directory to the now defunct News of the World tabloid, its former royal editor told Britain's phone-hacking trial on Thursday. Clive Goodman said that Diana sent him the information by post in 1992, the year she separated from her husband Prince Charles, the heir to the throne. "She was going through a very, very difficult time. She told me she wanted me to see the scale of her husband's staff and household, compared with others," Goodman told London's Old Bailey, where he is on trial.

Court rules against gag on 'frank' letters from UK's Prince Charles

LONDON (Reuters) - The possible publication of potentially embarrassing letters written by British heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles moved a step closer on Wednesday when a gagging order on them was declared unlawful by a court. The 27 letters were written by Charles to members of the previous Labour government and have been described by Attorney General Dominic Grieve as "particularly frank."

British bomber details failed plot against jet

A Briton convicted of plotting an Al-Qaeda plane bombing gave a New York court chilling new details Tuesday about a separate 2001 plan for a Malaysian pilot to blast his way into a jet's cockpit. Saajid Badat, who was sentenced in 2005 to 13 years in jail as a co-conspirator in a notorious December 2001 plot to bomb US airliners, has testified about the Malaysian plan before. But his description of the apparently abandoned plot have a new resonance as investigators probe the fate of a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board.

Queen's 'We Will Rock You' closing in London after 12 years

The Queen musical "We Will Rock You" is to close in its London home after 12 straight years, producers said Tuesday. The show, which has played to more than 6.5 million people at the Dominion Theatre, will close on May 31 after what will be more than 4,600 performances. The musical, set in a future where music is computer-generated and instruments banned, sees a group of rebels bringing rock back to life, inspired by surviving fragments of songs -- chiefly Queen's masterpiece "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Queen's 'We Will Rock You' closing in London after 12 years

The Queen musical "We Will Rock You" is to close in its London home after 12 straight years, producers said Tuesday. The show, which has played to more than 6.5 million people at the Dominion Theatre, will close on May 31 after what will be more than 4,600 performances. The musical, set in a future where music is computer-generated and instruments banned, sees a group of rebels bringing rock back to life, inspired by surviving fragments of songs -- chiefly Queen's masterpiece "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Firebrand British trade union leader Bob Crow dies

One of Britain's most powerful and militant trade union leaders, Bob Crow, who led strikes that shut down the London Tube on numerous occasions, died on Tuesday at the age of 52, his union announced. A colourful, left-wing Londoner with a dog called Castro and a passion for Millwall Football Club, Crow had been general secretary of the RMT transport union since 2002. He was constantly involved in disputes and campaigns on behalf of his 80,000 members, winning the admiration of transport workers -- and the hatred of many commuters.

Firebrand British trade union leader Bob Crow dies

One of Britain's most powerful and militant trade union leaders, Bob Crow, who led strikes that shut down the London Tube on numerous occasions, died on Tuesday at the age of 52, his union announced. A colourful, left-wing Londoner with a dog called Castro and a passion for Millwall Football Club, Crow had been general secretary of the RMT transport union since 2002. He was constantly involved in disputes and campaigns on behalf of his 80,000 members, winning the admiration of transport workers -- and the hatred of many commuters.

Connery, Bowie take sides on Scottish independence, Murray keeps mum

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Celebrities plunging into the debate on Scottish independence risk attracting public wrath from opposing sides in the run-up to the September 18 referendum. Some, like tennis star Andy Murray, have opted to keep quiet. James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery, a long-time Scottish nationalist, advocates breaking the 307-year tie with England, supporting separatists' arguments that oil-rich Scotland can be a prosperous, independent nation.

Britain's Prince Harry and girlfriend make it public

Britain's Prince Harry and his long-term girlfriend Cressida Bonas have finally made their romance official with two very public outings in three days after spending months trying to avoid being pictured together. Bonas joined the 29-year-old prince at a public engagement for the first time on Friday, and on Sunday the pair were pictured watching England's victory over Wales at a Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham.

Tennis: Murray "shocked" at Baltacha cancer

Andy Murray has expressed his shock over the news that newly-retired tennis star Elena Baltacha has cancer, but believes she can beat the disease. The Wimbledon champion has known Baltacha since they were young children in Scotland, and she remains very close to his mother Judy. A long-time British number one who retired in November, 30-year-old Baltacha announced on Friday that she had been diagnosed with liver cancer. "I heard about it from my mum a couple of weeks ago, she'd gone in to see her in the hospital. You're obviously shocked to hear that," Murray said.
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