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Cameron sinking with Murdoch ship?

by Daphne Liddle

THE CON-DEM coalition came under renewed pressure over the News International phone-hacking scandal when the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee delivered its verdict that Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to run a company and that the broadcasting industry watchdog, Ofcom, should consider revoking BSkyB’s broadcasting licence unless it banishes Murdoch from its boardroom.

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Syria prepares for general election

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

SYRIANS are preparing for the general election on 7th May under the new reform constitution piloted by the outgoing Baathist-led government. The 250 seats in the People’s Assembly will be contested by eight major electoral blocs, including the parties of the Baathist-led National Progressive Front that has governed the country for the past 40 years.

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Editorial

The monster in the machine

PRIME MINISTER David Cameron last week was forced to abandon his campaigning in the run-up to the local elections and return to Westminster to face questions from Labour leader Ed Miliband over Cameron’s refusal to launch an investigation into the relationship between his Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the Murdoch media empire and whether Hunt has breached the code of ministerial conduct.

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