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BRITAIN: Hacking at other tabloids?

Police are investigating new tabloids in the growing phone hacking scandal, including the Trinity Mirror PLC newspaper group as well as the Express Newspapers, a senior Scotland Yard official said Monday. More than 100 new allegations of "data intrusion" also are being probed. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers' comments to a judge-led inquiry into media ethics indicated that the scandal, which erupted last year at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World and has involved hundreds of victims, could end up burning the now-defunct Sunday tabloid's competitors as well. So far, more than 40 journalists and public officials have been arrested in the sprawling inquiry. Only a handful, including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, have been charged. She denies wrongdoing.


PAKISTAN: Drones kill nine militants

U.S. drones fired eight missiles at a compound owned by a powerful militant commander in the northwest Monday, killing nine suspected insurgents, Pakistani intelligence officials said. It was unclear whether the commander, Sadiq Noor, was at the compound in Dre Nishter village in the North Waziristan tribal area. Noor is the most important commander for Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a prominent militant focused on fighting in Afghanistan. The nine killed were believed to be Bahadur's fighters.


CHINA: Typhoon aims at mainland

Typhoon Vicente is bringing strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong. Planes grounded at the international airport were buffeted by high winds Monday night and passengers were told to expect the conditions to last several hours. Vicente, with 80-mph sustained winds, was forecast to hit the China mainland Tuesday morning. Xinhua News Agency said heavy rain was already falling in Guangdong and Hainan provinces. Beijing dealt Monday with the aftermath of an earlier storm, the heaviest rain in six decades, including the deaths of 37 people.

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