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Deadlock remains over British press regulation despite new proposals

British politicians on Friday published an amended version of their proposed new system of press regulation, but it looked unlikely to break the deadlock after key industry players signalled they would not accept it. Negotiations have been going on for 11 months on how to address the failings revealed by the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, based on the recommendations made in last year's Leveson report.

Police staffer among two arrested in UK bribery probe

A member of staff at London's Metropolitan Police (MPS) headquarters was one of two people arrested on Tuesday as part of a bribery investigation sparked by the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid. The 55-year-old man, and a 48-year-old woman, were arrested "for suspected conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office," police said in a statement. They were held at their home in Berkshire, west of London, and were being questioned at separate police stations in the capital, the statement said.

Murdoch's Sun tabloid editor Mohan moves to new News Corp role

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top-selling Sun newspaper, one of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloids at the center of a large criminal investigation, said on Friday its editor Dominic Mohan was moving on to a role advising the chief executive of the new News Corp. Sun veteran David Dinsmore, 44, will take over as the paper's editor from June 24, News International, the British newspaper arm of News Corp, said a statement.

2 UK journalists for UK's The Sun newspaper face charges relating to corruption probe

LONDON - Two journalists for The Sun newspaper were charged Friday with allegedly paying public officials for information about psychiatric patients and a member of the royal family, British authorities said. The charges are the latest in a series of bribery-related allegations against journalists at the bestselling tabloid, which named a new editor Friday. The paper said editor Dominic Mohan will leave the paper and serve as an adviser to company chief Rupert Murdoch, with former Scottish Sun editor David Dinsmore stepping into the top position at The Sun.

British PR guru Max Clifford charged with sex assaults

Top British publicist Max Clifford was on Friday charged with 11 counts of indecent assault, including four offences relating to girls aged 14 and 15. The alleged offences concern seven different young women and girls ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old and are said to have taken place between 1966 and 1985. Clifford, 70, best known for protecting the image of scandal-hit celebrities in Britain's tabloid press, was arrested in December as part of a wider investigation into sex offences sparked by allegations against the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

British ex-policeman, prison officer jailed in hacking case

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Two former policemen and an ex-prison officer were jailed on Wednesday for selling stories to Rupert Murdoch's tabloid the Sun, Britain's top-selling newspaper. The three men were convicted as part of a wide-ranging police investigation begun two years ago into claims journalists from Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World newspaper had hacked into mobile phone voicemail messages.

Two UK officials admit selling secrets to Murdoch's Sun

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - An ex-policeman and a prison officer admitted on Friday to selling information to the Sun, a British tabloid newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, in the first guilty pleas to come out of a huge police investigation into wrongdoing by journalists. Former police officer Alan Tierney pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct in public office for selling stories about the mother of England soccer player John Terry and about Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood, the Press Association (PA) reported.

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Ex-police officer to be charged over Sun stories

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A former police officer is to be charged with misconduct in a public office over claims he passed details of investigations to the Sun newspaper, prosecutors said on Thursday. Alan Tierney is accused of receiving 1,750 pounds from the Sun, part of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business News International, for information relating to two stories in 2009.

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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