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Former editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London

Coulson tells court he heard hacked messages

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, the former media chief to British Prime Min…

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  • Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'
    Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged ... More »

  • Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking
    Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former Rupert Murdoch editor Andy Coulson told a London court on Tuesday he had not been involved in illegally tapping into the mobile phone messages of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the incident that ignited Britain's phone-hacking scandal and sent shockwaves through the country's establishment. Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, said he had never engaged in illegal hacking activity, nor had known staff working for the News of the World Sunday tabloid had tapped into Dowler's messages. The hacking of Dowler's phone forms a crucial part of the prosecution case against Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the ex-boss of News Corp.'s British newspaper arm. The revelation in July 2011 that Dowler's phone had been hacked while she was still missing sparked public outrage and a sequence of events leading to Murdoch closing the 168-year-old News of the World, the arrest of Coulson and Brooks, and Cameron ordering a public inquiry into press ethics. More »

  • Britain is World's Second Largest Donor to Foreign Aid
    Britain is World's Second Largest Donor to Foreign Aid Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Britain stumped up £10.6bn in 2013 on foreign aid which ranks the country in second place in the world for overseas development spending. Government figures show Britain hiked its foreign aid spending by 27.8% on the previous year. Only the US spends more on overseas development after it coughed up £18.9bn (€23bn, $32bn) in 2013. The latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development figures may pour scrutiny over Prime Minister David Cameron's office as the Foreign Office budget is due to halve by 2015-16. More »

  • Coulson Spent Weekend With PM After Resigning
    Coulson Spent Weekend With PM After Resigning Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has admitted spending a weekend with David Cameron since resigning as his media advisor over alleged involvement with phone hacking. He resigned as News of the World editor in 2007 after the conviction of former royal editor Clive Goodman for hacking. The father-of-three then joined Mr Cameron's media team until January 2011. Taking to the witness box for the first time, he said: "My family and I spent a weekend with him (Mr Cameron) in the spring after I left. More »

  • Britain says China calls off human rights talks at last minute
    Britain says China calls off human rights talks at last minute Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    China has called off talks with Britain on Beijing's human rights record, the British government said on Monday, four days after Britain published a list of concerns. Chinese and British officials had been due to hold a round of the bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in London on Wednesday after they agreed to restart the regular meetings during a trip to China by British Prime Minister David Cameron in December. Cameron's visit was aimed at spurring closer trade and business links between Britain and the world's second biggest economy and at drawing a line under a dispute involving Tibet's spiritual leader which had led to a diplomatic freeze. But Britain's Foreign Office said Beijing had pulled out of the first round of the talks, the resumption of which Cameron had hailed at the time as a significant achievement. More »

  • Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong
    Cameron's ex-media chief says Brooks affair was wrong Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson told a London court on Monday he had not spoken to the British prime minister since his arrest, and admitted his affair with Rebekah Brooks when working for Rupert Murdoch tabloids was wrong. Both edited the now defunct News of the World newspaper at the heart of a phone-hacking scandal which erupted in 2011 and sent shockwaves through Britain's political establishment, not least because of Coulson's close links to Cameron. Prosecutors have told the jury at London's Old Bailey court that Brooks and Coulson shared details of stories obtained from phone-hacking when Coulson was editor of the News of the World and Brooks was editing its sister daily the Sun. However, on his first day in the witness box during the 5 1/2 month trial, Coulson echoed Brooks's evidence that their affair, which began in 1998 and ran until 2004, had been intermittent and had not interfered with their work. Asked if they had shared exclusive stories or sensitive information because of their relationship, he replied: "No that wouldn't happen." Coulson left the mass-selling News of the World in 2007, when its royal editor and a private detective Glenn Mulcaire, who worked for the paper, were convicted of hacking the phones of royal aides. More »

  • Cameron Demands Russia Condemns Pro-Moscow Activists in Ukraine
    Cameron Demands Russia Condemns Pro-Moscow Activists in Ukraine Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    David Cameron has claimed the latest crisis in Ukraine "bears the hallmarks" of a Russian approach. Following a phone conversation with German chancellor Angela Merkel, he called on Moscow to unequivocally condemn the illegal occupation of government buildings. Moscow's denial of involvement "lacked a shred of credibility", he added. In London, the prime minister's spokesman said the Russian government "should be unequivocally condemning" the actions in Ukraine. More »

  • Osborne Looks to Election with Hint of Tax Cuts to Come
    Osborne Looks to Election with Hint of Tax Cuts to Come Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Tax-cutting Tories have been delighted by chancellor George Osborne's claim that his Budget decision to cut fuel duty will boost Britain's economic recovery. Backed by a report from the Treasury and HMRC, Osborne claims his decision to scrap the planned rise in the tax will boost GDP by up to 0.5% over 20 years, to a total of almost £7.5bn. His announcement is a major boost for those Tories demanding more tax cuts and has been seen by them for precisely what it is, a calculated political attempt to regain the party's traditional low tax image with suggestions there will be more to come. Both Osborne and prime minister David Cameron repeatedly insist they are natural tax cutters, but that the recession has imposed new disciplines on them. More »

  • UK and Germany to Russia: Condemn building occupations in Ukraine Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to unequivocally condemn the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. The two leaders spoke by phone on Monday to discuss escalating tensions and the threat of Ukrainian military action following the occupation of state buildings in the east of Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. "He and Chancellor Merkel agreed about the importance of condemning the illegal occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine," Cameron's official spokesman told reporters. "They believe the Russian government should be unequivocally condemning that action too." Cameron is due to speak to French President Francois Hollande about Ukraine later on Monday, said the spokesman. More »

  • GP practices to stay open all week
    GP practices to stay open all week Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    GP surgeries across the country will start treating millions of patients outside of working hours including late nights and weekends, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. More »

  • Doctors' Surgeries Are Told To Open All Hours
    Doctors' Surgeries Are Told To Open All Hours Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Patients will be able to visit their GPs outside of work hours under plans announced by David Cameron to boost access to family doctors. More than 7.5 million people will have increased access to GP services as part of the £50m GP Access Fund, including late night and weekend appointments. "There has been a great response from doctors, with lots of innovative ideas, and we will now see over seven million patients given weekend and evening opening hours, alongside more access to their family doctor on the phone, via email or even Skype. Around 500,000 people were originally thought to benefit from the cash fund, but due to high levels of interest it has been rolled out to cover more GP services, a Department of Health spokesman said. More »

  • 8 unbelievably dull pictures of David Cameron on his holidays
    8 unbelievably dull pictures of David Cameron on his holidays Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Slow news day. No, really. More »

  • Camerons enjoy Lanzarote break
    Camerons enjoy Lanzarote break Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha joined the crowds soaking up the atmosphere on the holiday island of Lanzarote as their Easter break got under way. More »

  • Cameron Heads To Lanzarote Holiday On Ryanair
    Cameron Heads To Lanzarote Holiday On Ryanair Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    With schools having broken up and Parliament in recess ahead of Easter, David Cameron has jetted off on holiday to Lanzarote. The Prime Minister flew to the island with his wife Samantha yesterday on budget airline Ryanair, where he will spend six nights at a refurbished resort hotel. The break in the Spanish island will provide welcome relief after a difficult week that saw the resignation of Culture Secretary Maria Miller over her expenses. David Cameron, who tends to take at least one sunny European holiday a year, has in the past used Easyjet as well as Ryanair. More »

  • UK's anti-EU party hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote
    UK's anti-EU party hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Voter support for Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) is at a record high according to one opinion poll on Sunday, reflecting a wider pattern of growing support for the party ahead of European elections next month. The rising popularity of UKIP, which calls for an immediate withdrawal from the EU and tighter immigration laws, threatens to split the vote for Prime Minister David Cameron at European parliament elections in May and a national election in 2015. UKIP's profile has been raised by the upcoming European elections on May 22, when polls suggest it could beat Cameron's party into third place. A ComRes poll of voting intentions for next year's national election put UKIP on 20 percent - up four percentage points at their highest in the four-year history of the poll. More »

  • PM blasts Labour over Wales NHS
    PM blasts Labour over Wales NHS Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron stuck the knife into Labour after saying its handling of Wales' NHS had turned the Welsh border into a dividing "line of life and death". More »

  • Farage debate snub 'catastrophic'
    Farage debate snub 'catastrophic' Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Refusing to debate live on TV with Nigel Farage during the general election campaign would be "catastrophic" for the Tories' chances of victory, leading party activists have warned David Cameron. More »

  • Most Voters Want Farage In Leaders' Debate
    Most Voters Want Farage In Leaders' Debate Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A new poll suggests most of the public believe Nigel Farage should take part in any televised leaders' debates ahead of next year's general election. A Comres poll has found 51% of people think UKIP should be represented alongside David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem Nick Clegg. Even more - 53% - say the Prime Minister would look like a coward if he refused to take on Mr Farage. It comes amid Conservative fears that the right-wing UKIP could top the polls in England in next month's European elections. More »

  • Westminster Times: Maria Miller, Reshuffles and Tarzan
    Westminster Times: Maria Miller, Reshuffles and Tarzan Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    So at least David Cameron has kept up with tradition. To be fair, he wasn't planning the mini reshuffle which was prompted by Maria Miller's eventual sacking (sorry, that should be resignation). He managed it by splitting Miller's old job as minister for women and equalities between two new ministers, one of them a man, and downgrading part of it from a full cabinet to "attends cabinet" (to make the tea perhaps?). New culture secretary, the tipped-for-the-top Sajid Javid, was given the equalities brief while Nicky Morgan was handed the women's role. More »

  • Nigel Evans cleared of sex offences
    Nigel Evans cleared of sex offences Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Nigel Evans, a former deputy speaker of the Commons, was cleared on Thursday of sexual assault and a rape charge and said afterwards he had been through 11 months of 'hell'. The 56-year-old openly gay MP, who was vice chairman of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party from 1999 to 2001, had been accused of offences against seven young men, including alleged incidents inside the Houses of Parliament. However, he was found not guilty of all the accusations by a jury at Preston Crown Court in northern England. More »

  • PM 'to take break in Lanzarote'
    PM 'to take break in Lanzarote' Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    David Cameron is taking his family on holiday to Lanzarote over Parliament's Easter break. More »

  • Cameron says rivals' views on Europe 'extremist'
    Cameron says rivals' views on Europe 'extremist' Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron described rival parties' views on the European Union as 'extremist' on Thursday as he launched his bid to ward off a threat from an anti-EU party ahead of European Parliament elections. Polls show the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which campaigns for tighter immigration rules and to leave the EU, could win the most votes in next month's European vote, pushing Cameron's Conservatives into third place behind the opposition Labour Party. ... More »

  • Cameron hints at Evans Tory return
    Cameron hints at Evans Tory return Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    David Cameron has hinted that Nigel Evans will be brought back into the Tory fold as he joined those welcoming news that the MP had been cleared of sex offence charges. More »

  • Cameron warns against Ukip vote
    Cameron warns against Ukip vote Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    David Cameron has warned voters that Nigel Farage and the UK Independence Party (Ukip) cannot be trusted in European elections next month. More »

  • David Cameron: Big Society is Continuation of Jesus' Work
    David Cameron: Big Society is Continuation of Jesus' Work Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    David Cameron has claimed Jesus Christ started the government's Big Society policy 2,000 years ago and he is merely continuing his work. Speaking at an Easter reception at 10 Downing Street, Cameron told an audience of Christian leaders and politicians the social work of churches was similar to the Tory party's 2010 manifesto. "Jesus invented the Big Society 2,000 years ago; The prime minster was also said to have had no comment on the choice of hymn sung by a soprano at the reception – Ave Maria – performed on the same day the former culture secretary Maria Miller resigned over her expense row. More »

  • Cameron discusses Easter 'meaning'
    Cameron discusses Easter 'meaning' Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    David Cameron has stressed the importance of teaching his children about the religious aspects of Easter, after he spoke about the "peace" he finds in faith. More »

  • No. 10 Plea: Manchester United Fans Beg David Cameron to 'Support' David …
    No. 10 Plea: Manchester United Fans Beg David Cameron to 'Support' David … Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    In a bizzare move Manchester United fans want help from another type of number 10 just when theirs appears to be misfiring. Supporters have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to offer his support to embattled manager David Moyes - in the hope he will resign like Maria Miller. A open letter purporting to be from the Manchester United Official Supporters Club noted how at least six cabinet members had resigned from their post after Cameron had "unswervingly offered his full backing" to them. The tongue-in-cheek plea was published online before United crashed out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich. More »

  • Women's Rights Activists Slam Cabinet Line-Up
    Women's Rights Activists Slam Cabinet Line-Up Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    There is now no full member of the Cabinet speaking for women following the resignation of Maria Miller, according to Labour. As well as being Culture Secretary, Ms Miller also oversaw the women and equalities brief. Prime Minister David Cameron replaced her with Sajid Javid, who now looks after culture and equalities. Nicky Morgan has been given the role of women's minister and is also taking on Mr Javid's previous job as Financial Secretary to the Treasury. More »

  • Cameron's authority dented as minister resigns
    Cameron's authority dented as minister resigns Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a blow to his authority on Wednesday when a scandal-hit minister he had been doggedly defending resigned, exposing him to charges of weak leadership and poor judgment. Culture Secretary Maria Miller stepped down after a backlash against her expenses claims disrupted efforts by Cameron and his ruling Conservative party to woo voters ahead of European Parliament elections next month. Cameron's party is expected to finish a humiliating third in the European ballot behind the surging anti-EU UKIP whose leader had accused Cameron of making a "catastrophic" error of judgment by failing to sack Miller. UKIP, which has styled itself as an anti-establishment party, had seized upon the case of Miller, who gave a perfunctory 32-second public apology last week, as an example of how remote and venal the country's political elite is. More »

  • PM faces questions after minister resigns
    PM faces questions after minister resigns Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron was facing questions over his judgment and leadership after one of his cabinet ministers resigned in an expenses row, despite his best efforts to keep her. More »

  • Generation of Young Europeans 'Scarred' by Unemployment
    Generation of Young Europeans 'Scarred' by Unemployment Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A generation of young people in the UK and Europe have been left "scarred" as youth joblessness is almost double its pre-financial crisis level across the continent. According to a report from the House of Lords European Union (EU) Committee, the UK government should adopt the EU's flagship youth unemployment scheme, the Youth Guarantee. The peers argue that the move, which would require the government to ensure that all young people find suitable work, training or further education opportunities, would help get the more than 900,000 jobless 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK into work. The committee has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to use EU money to support the introduction of the scheme, rather than putting the funds towards existing domestic measures such as the Youth Contract. More »

  • British culture minister quits over expenses claims
    British culture minister quits over expenses claims Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    British culture minister Maria Miller, an ally of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, was forced to quit her post on Wednesday following a row over her parliamentary expenses. More »

  • Cabinet Reshuffle: Enter A New Breed Of Tory
    Cabinet Reshuffle: Enter A New Breed Of Tory Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The PM has announced his mini reshuffle following Maria Miller's resignation, heralding in a new breed of high-flying Tories. All are from the 2010 intake, one from David Cameron's A-list, and have been tipped for big futures. It has been estimated that Mr Javid took a 98% paycut to become MP for Bromsgrove. The son of a bus driver, who left Pakistan for Rochdale, had been a senior managing director at Deutsche Bank in charge of trading operations in Asia until 2009, where he had been earning an estimated £3m a year. More »

  • PM 'under-estimated expenses anger'
    PM 'under-estimated expenses anger' Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    David Cameron has admitted that he under-estimated the depth of the "raw" public anger over MPs' expenses as he finally conceded defeat in his battle to save his beleaguered Culture Secretary, Maria Miller. More »

  • Outcry over few women in Cabinet
    Outcry over few women in Cabinet Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    David Cameron is facing a major backlash after it emerged he has put a man in overall charge of women's issues. More »