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Friday 17 August 2018

In brief: Phone-hacking probe called for

Police are facing calls for a full inquiry into alleged phone hacking at the News Of The World following the resignation of the paper's former editor, Andy Coulson, as the British Government's communications chief.

In a personal statement, Mr Coulson said that the drip-drip of claims about illegal eavesdropping under his editorship meant he could not "give the 110pc needed".

"I stand by what I've said about those events but when the spokesman needs a spokesman it's time to move on," he added.



Kennedy stalker 'offering love'

A lawyer for a man charged with stalking Caroline Kennedy's daughter says his client believes he was only offering his love when he showered her with flowers, balloons and romantic emails.

Attorney Gerald Hertz says his client was not trying to threaten Tatiana Schlossberg.

A judge ordered a psychiatric examination for 41-year-old Naeem Ahmed yesterday, to determine his mental fitness for court.



Actress admits immigration lie

A Mexican actress has agreed to plead guilty to lying in an immigration proceeding and will avoid a retrial on charges that she engaged in a sham marriage to remain in the United States.

Fernanda Romero will acknowledge she made a false statement on an immigration form in December 2007, according to court records filed in Los Angeles. Her husband, Kent Stuart Ross, also agreed to plead guilty to falsely stating on immigration forms that he and Romero were living together in 2005 and 2006.



I'm here to help says Baby Doc

Former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier told Haitians he had returned after 25 years in exile to participate in the post-earthquake reconstruction of his homeland and was ready to face "persecution" for alleged crimes during his administration.

In his first public comments since his shock return to Haiti last Sunday, the ousted strongman, known as "Baby Doc", spoke in a faint voice and did not take questions.

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