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Coulson tells UK hacking trial Brooks fling was 'wrong'

Andy Coulson admitted his affair with fellow Murdoch newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks was wrong, as he gave evidence for the first time Monday in Britain's long-running phone-hacking trial. The former editor of the now-defunct News of the World (NotW), who became Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief, finally entered the witness box at the Old Bailey court in London, more than five months into the case. The 46-year-old, married father-of-three acknowledged the "pain" that the on-off relationship with co-defendant Brooks had caused his wife.

British phone-hacking trial told evidence was thrown away

A personal assistant to former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks disposed of tens of her boss's archived notebooks at the height of Britain's phone-hacking scandal, a court heard Tuesday. Cheryl Carter is standing trial along with Brooks at the Old Bailey, Britain's top criminal court, charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Carter maintains that the notebooks, numbering around 30, were hers and that all Brooks' possessions were returned to the News International office.

Coulson warned of illegal payment to police -court

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, former editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, agreed to pay a police officer for a telephone directory of Britain's royal family despite being warned it was illegal, a London court heard on Friday. Prosecutor Andrew Edis said the tabloid's former royal editor Clive Goodman had emailed Coulson in January 2003 asking him to approve a 1,000-pound ($1,600) cash payment to a royal protection officer for a "Green Book" which contained private numbers of the royal household.

Murdoch editors Brooks, Coulson had affair, hacking trial told

By Kate Holton and Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two former editors of Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid, were having an affair at the time their reporters are accused of hacking into phones, a court heard on Thursday. Prosecutor Andrew Edis said the intimacy of their relationship indicated each knew as much as the other about how their reporters were operating. Both have denied conspiring to hack into phones or making illegal payments to public officials.

Murdoch editors Brooks and Coulson had affair during hacking period: court

LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two former editors of Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid, were having an affair at the time their reporters are accused of hacking into phones, a court heard on Thursday. Prosecutor Andrew Edis said the closeness of their relationship showed that both knew as much as each other how staff at the tabloid were operating. Both have denied conspiring to hack into phones or making illegal payments to public officials.

British phone hacking trial delayed until end of October

LONDON (Reuters) - The trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, former editors of British tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch who face charges relating to phone hacking and illegal payments to public officials, was delayed on Thursday until the end of October. Judge John Saunders told a London court that the trial, which had been due to start on September 9, would now begin on October 28. Legal restrictions mean no further details of the hearing can be reported.

Ex-Murdoch editors lose bid to have UK hacking charges dropped

LONDON (Reuters) - Two former editors of a British tabloid newspaper shut down by owner Rupert Murdoch over a phone-hacking scandal lost a legal battle on Friday to have criminal charges against them dropped. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former News of the World editors and close associates of Prime Minister David Cameron, have pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to intercept people's voicemail messages in pursuit of stories.

RPT-UK Sun reporter charged in police payments probe

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A journalist from Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid who allegedly paid police for tip-offs has become the latest person to be charged as part of Britain's wider phone-hacking scandal. Virginia Wheeler, the paper's defence editor, is accused of paying a police officer at least 6,450 pounds ($10,200), for information about suspects and victims of accidents and crimes including in the case of the death of a 15-year-old girl.

UK policewoman tried to sell information to tabloid, court told

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A senior British counter-terrorism police officer went on trial on Monday accused of offering to sell the News of the World newspaper inside information about a police investigation into alleged phone-hacking by some of its reporters. The case of April Casburn is the first to come to criminal trial as a result of police investigations into wrongdoing at the Sunday tabloid, which was shut down by its owner Rupert Murdoch in July 2011.
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