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LondonDid a Murdoch lie? James Murdoch faces a police investigation over claims he lied to Parliament about the phone-hacking scandal. Murdoch, son of mogul Rupert Murdoch and head of News International, said last week that he had not known that one of his tabloids, News of the World, was routinely hacking into the voice mail of celebrities and crime victims to get scoops. But two former executives said they had personally shown Murdoch an e-mail that indicated the hacking was not limited to a single rogue reporter, as the company long maintained. “Clearly James Murdoch has got questions to answer in Parliament,” said Prime Minister David Cameron, “and I’m sure that he will do that.” Murdoch said he stood by his testimony.

Wunsiedel, GermanyHess dug up: In an attempt to prevent neo-Nazi rallies, German officials have dug up the grave of Adolf Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess. The bones were secretly exhumed at night, cremated, and scattered at sea last week. Hess was captured in 1941 when he parachuted into Scotland, and he hanged himself in a West Berlin prison in 1987, at age 93. His grave in Wunsiedel became a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, who held annual rallies on the anniversary of his death. This year, with the burial plot lease up for renewal, the Lutheran church that administers the cemetery persuaded Hess’s family to remove his remains. “The Nazi shadow over Wunsiedel has finally come to an end,” said Charlotte Knobloch, a local Jewish leader.

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