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UK Phone Hacking: Police Examine Bag Found in Bin Near Rebekah Brooks's Home

Charlie and Rebekah Brooks
© Tom JenkinsCharlie and Rebekah Brooks.
Former NI chief executive's husband denies bag - containing computer, paperwork and phone - belonged to his wife

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Detectives are examining a computer, paperwork and a phone found in a bin near the riverside London home of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International.

The Guardian has learned that a bag containing the items was found in an underground car park in the Design Centre at the exclusive Chelsea Harbour development on Monday afternoon.

Bad Guys

UK Phone Hacking: John Yates Steps Down as Allegations Engulf Scotland Yard

John Yates
© Clara MoldenJohn Yates, the newly resigned Metropolitan Police chief.
Britain's chief counter-terrorism officer has become the latest victim of the phone hacking scandal yesterday, resigning amid claims that he helped a News of the World executive's daughter get a job at Scotland Yard.

Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who faced criticism for failing to reopen the Metropolitan Police's inquiry into phone hacking sooner, was being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over his links to Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of the Sunday tabloid.


News of the World journalist who claimed Coulson encouraged phone hacking is found dead at home

© BBCFound dead: Former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare
A former News of the World reporter who was the first to allege that Andy Coulson knew phone hacking was taking place at the paper was today found dead at home. Sean Hoare's body was found on a extraordinary day when a Met police chief resigned over the phone hacking scandal, four senior officers were facing questions and the Prime Minister was forced to call an emergency session of Parliament.

Police were tonight probing the possibility that Mr Hoare had killed himself and said that his death was 'not thought to be suspicious'. He was discovered at 10.40am at his home in Watford, Hertfordshire. A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police said: 'At 10.40am today police were called to Langley Road in Watford following the concerns for welfare of a man who lives at an address in the street.

'Upon police and ambulance arrival the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after. 'The death is currently being treated as unexplained but is not thought to be suspicious. 'Police investigations into this incident are ongoing.' Mr Hoare blew the whistle on the phone hacking scandal during an investigation by The New York Times last September.


New Jersey, US: Couple Kidnapped Israeli to Force Divorce

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A New Jersey rabbi and his wife surrendered to the FBI on Monday on charges they abducted an Israeli man, beat him and threatened to bury him alive if he didn't give his wife a religious divorce.

The case against David and Judy Wax in U.S. federal court marks a strange twist in a chain of events that started with a divorce dispute in Israel's Rabbinical Court over the victim's refusal to give his wife a "get," an Orthodox Jewish divorce document permitting a wife to remarry.

Absent from U.S. court documents is the name of the victim, Yisrael Briskman, who apparently fled Israel after refusing to grant a divorce. But his name shows up in a 2008 public notice from the High Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem, placed in religious publications in Israel and abroad.

The notice deems it forbidden for the Jewish community to do business with Briskman, extend kindness to him or give him a place to stay. It also calls upon the public to notify the court of Briskman's whereabouts.


Somali Pirates Hijack UAE Tanker in Indian Ocean

© Roberto Schmidt/Agence France-PresseA Somali pirate carries his high-caliber weapon on a beach in the central Somali town of Hobyo in 2010.
Pirates have hijacked a petrol tanker belonging to the United Arab Emirates in the Indian Ocean and are sailing it to the Somali coast, the EU's anti-piracy body announced on Monday.

"Late on the morning of July 16, it was reported by the owners that the MV Jubba 20, a laden tanker, had been pirated in the northern Indian Ocean, on her regular route from the United Arab Emirates to the port of Berbera" in the breakaway state of Somaliland, said the European Union Naval Force Somalia.

The Jubba 20 is an oil tanker owned and flagged by the UAE with a deadweight of 4,831 tonnes, said a statement from the Brussels-based force.

Marine patrols found the ship on July 17 some 100 nautical miles north-west of Socotra Island, off the coast of Yemen, on its way to the northern Somali coast. Nine Somali pirates are reportedly on board.

There is no information yet on the condition of the 16-strong crew who include four Somalis as well as five Indians and nationals of Bangladesh, Sudan, Myanmar and Kenya.

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The Murderer Got Released? US: Things are Mysterious after Casey Anthony Released from Jail

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This is what freedom looks like for Casey Anthony: $537.68 from her jail account, no job, estranged parents, a criminal record, lawsuits pending against her and the scorn of multitudes who think she got away with murder.

She quickly gave reporters the slip after walking out of jail Sunday, but whatever life she manages to build for herself will be lived under a media microscope and the shadow of countless threats.

"Right now we are just moving forward and trying to start putting the pieces back together for Casey's life," her attorney, Jose Baez, told Geraldo Rivera by phone on Fox News Channel late Sunday.

Experts who have helped other notorious defendants through rough times say she will have opportunities as well, but it won't be easy for the 25-year-old, who was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but convicted of lying to investigators.

Bizarro Earth

US, Oklahoma: Authorities make 3rd search for remains after discovery of old bones in Comanche County

Comanche County Sheriff's Department investigators have made their third search for additional human remains after the discovery of old bones in a rugged wilderness area north of Saddle Mountain.

The detectives searched Saturday morning as they work to identify the remains. Sheriff Kenny Stradley tells the Lawton Constitution two of his detectives are working with the state Medical Examiner's office and the Oklahoma Crime Scene Archaeology Recovery Group on the project.

A 55-year-old woman clearing tree limbs found a partial skull in June 2010. A second search last December turned up numerous bone fragments near where the skull was found.

Stradley says he's been told the bones might have been at that location for a decade. His office is analyzing details from area missing-person cases from the past 30 years.

Source: The Associated Press


Thailand: Gunmen Open Fire in Temple Killing 5-Year-Old Girl and Official

A five-year-old girl and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured in southern Thailand when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair.

Police said a group of assailants opened fire inside the temple in Surat Thani province on Sunday, killing 52-year-old Songwuth Noppakun in an apparent targeted assassination.

''According to witnesses, four to six gunmen followed the officer into the temple's annual fair and shot him. Then there was gunfight in which innocent people died and were injured,'' Police Colonel Jumnoch Kaewkhao said.

Songwuth was the brother of an unsuccessful election candidate for Puea Thai - the party allied to former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra that won overall in the recent poll - but police believed his death was not political.

Arrow Down

At Least Four Dead in Attack on Police in China's Xinjiang

At least four people died when a mob attacked a police station in western China's restive Xinjiang region, taking hostages and setting it on fire, state media said on Monday.

Two hostages, a paramilitary policeman and a guard died in the attack, as well as several of the attackers, it reported. Six hostages were freed.

The situation has now been bought "under control", it said, and a team from the state anti-terrorism office was on its way to the scene. The attack took place in the city of Hotan, state television said.

The Xinjiang government was not immediately available for comment.

Beijing often blames what it calls violent separatist groups in Xinjiang for attacks on police or other government targets, saying they work with al Qaeda or Central Asian militants to bring about an independent state called East Turkestan.