Britain (U.K.)

9:05am

Tue March 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Murdoch Aide Arrested Again In Phone Hacking Investigation

Rebekah Brooks
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Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper division, was arrested by British police today as part of the burgeoning telephone hacking scandal. NPR's David Folkenflik tells the NPR Newscast desk that Brooks' husband, Charlie, was also arrested, along with four other men.

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2:12pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Two-Way

British High Court Will Hear Right-To-Die Case

In this family photo released in Jan. 2012 by Tony and Jane Nicklinson, former corporate manager, rugby player, skydiving sports enthusiast Tony Nicklinson sits at his home in Wiltshire, England.
Jane Nicklinson AP

Tony Nicklinson wants to die.

Except he can't commit suicide because he has "locked-in syndrome," which means his mind works fine but everything below his neck is paralyzed. A 2005 stroke left the 57-year-old unable to speak and he communicates largely by blinking. His case has been making headlines in Britain because the man wants a court to OK a doctor to end what he calls his "dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable" life.

Today, the country's high court said it would hear his case.

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6:01am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Six British Soldiers Presumed Dead In Afghanistan

Prime Minister David Cameron said today was "desperately sad" for Britain, after six of its soldiers were presumed killed in explosion in Afghanistan.

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10:01pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

How Do You Ship A Horse To The London Olympics? Carefully, And Via FedEx

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 5:08 am

U.S. Olympic Equestrian rider Phillip Dutton jumps with Zeizos in West Grove, Pa., in this 2010 photo. Dozens of horses will fly from America to England for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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The elite athletes who travel to London for this summer's Olympic Games will include petite gymnasts, huge wrestlers — and elite horses, which compete in dressage and other events. Getting these strong and delicate animals to the Olympics is no job for an amateur. In fact, it's the job of Tim Dutta, who owns an international horse transport company.

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2:06pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Europe

Neighs Have It: Horse Tale Ensnares British Leader

In this photo from 2009, David Cameron (left) attends a book launch for Charlie Brooks in London. Cameron, who has since become Britain's prime minister, went to Eton with Brooks, husband of Rebekah Brooks, the former News International executive toppled by Britain's phone-hacking scandal. The latest twist in that scandal involves Rebekah Brooks, Cameron and a retired police horse.
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In Britain, there's a long waiting list of British animal lovers hoping to take in aging police horses. Once retired, the horses aren't supposed to be ridden again.

Unless, it seems, you're Rebekah Brooks, the former tabloid editor and chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International, or David Cameron, the man who would become Britain's prime minister.

The ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the police and news media has uncovered a new scandal: Scotland Yard appears to have loaned Brooks a police horse back in 2008.

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