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UK PM's former media chief tells court he heard hacked messages

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told a London court on Wednesday he had listened to a recording of hacked voicemail messages left by the country's then interior minister as far back as 2004. Coulson, who was editing Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid at the time, is on trial for conspiring to hack into voicemail messages in a case that has shaken the media tycoon's empire and Britain's political elite.

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A Minute With: John Oliver on channeling rage into comedy NEW YORK (Reuters) - British stand-up comedian John Oliver can sound downright angry at times, even though his star is on the rise. The 36-year-old Oliver has managed to parlay a successful stint filling in for Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" into a gig hosting a Sunday night news comedy show on HBO that debuts April 27. Miley Cyrus hospitalized for allergic reaction, cancels Kansas City show

Supermarket chain Metro reports Q2 profit of $96.9 million, sales rise 1.7%

MONTREAL - Supermarket chain Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) reports it had $96.9 million in net earnings in the second quarter ended March 15, down 73.3 per cent from an unusually high profit in the same quarter of 2013. Last year's second quarter had $362.7 million of net income, which included a gain from the sale of Metro's investment in Alimentation Couche-Tard as (TSX:ATD.B). Excluding certain items, Metro's latest results were slightly above last year's second-quarter adjusted net earnings, which were $96.4 million.

Thousands of workers strike at China shoe factory

Tens of thousands of workers were on strike Wednesday at a factory in southern China which makes shoes for Nike and Adidas, rights groups and a worker said. More than 30,000 employees at the Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) factory in Dongguan city have been striking for several days in protest at unpaid social insurance payments, said US-based China Labour Watch, adding that police had beaten and detained several protesters.

Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing their tax details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday. The cash-strapped authorities find it almost impossible to chase down the large number of defaulters - many of them powerful politicians - through the country's moribund courts.

Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli riot police entered one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive religious compounds on Wednesday to disperse rock-throwing Palestinians opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. The confrontation erupted after Israeli police tried to escort some 20 visitors onto the plaza revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's walled Old City.

Crimea on bumpy road to becoming a Russian province

By Alissa de Carbonnel SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Natalia Rudenko's ears were still ringing from being shouted at by a father demanding that the Ukrainian-language school she has run for 17 years in Crimea's capital now teach in Russian when local officials turned up at her office to dismiss her.

Obama to announce $600 million U.S. job-training initiative

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce an initiative on Wednesday to devote $600 million to address a central challenge of today's economy: How to train workers for skills they need for jobs that are open but hard to fill. American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Texas set to execute man convicted of 2001 triple murder

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Texas is set to execute a man by lethal injection on Wednesday who was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend, her child and her mother to death after a cocaine binge in 2001. Jose Luis Villegas Jr., 39, is scheduled to be put to death with a lethal dose of drugs after 6 p.m. CDT at the Texas death chamber in Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

Accused Boston bomber's attorneys to seek records on family

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber are due in court on Wednesday to ask a judge to order prosecutors to hand over more information on the defendant's family as they seek to build a case that could limit his blame for the attack. Defense attorneys have called on federal prosecutors to hand over any records they have on suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, who authorities contend also played a role in the attacks but died a few days later in a gun battle with police.
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