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Cameron’s Conservative-led government had insisted the News of the World scandal had nothing to do with a pure competition decision, and News Corp. had offered to spin off Sky News as an independent company to allay concerns it would have a too-dominant position in the British news market.

Rupert Murdoch refused to discuss the situation Thursday.

“I’m not making any comments,” he said when ambushed by reporters at a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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AP writers Gregory Katz, Raphael G. Satter, Cassandra Vinograd, Danica Kirka and Jonathan Shenfield in London contributed to this report.