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Police have been accused of not investigating the allegations thoroughly and have recently reopened their inquiry. Earlier this week, they arrested and questioned the newspaper’s chief reporter and its former head of news.

Andy Coulson, a former News of The World editor hired as Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief, was forced to step down from his Downing Street job over the scandal earlier this year and also has been interviewed by police, although he has not been arrested.

Murdoch’s News International Ltd. owns four British national newspapers _ the tabloids The Sun and News of the World as well as The Times and The Sunday Times. News International is a subsidiary of Murdoch’s News Corp., whose U.S. media outlets include Fox Television, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.