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Rebekah Brooks 'to return to Murdoch's News Corp'

Rebekah Brooks quit News Corp at the height of the phone hacking allegations in 2011. Credit: PA

Rebekah Brooks is set to return to Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corp a year after she was cleared of phone hacking, it has been reported.

The former Sun boss will be appointed chief executive of its UK division as soon as September, according to the Financial Times.

Brooks was cleared of all charges following a 138-day trial at the Old Bailey which saw former News of the World editor Andy Coulson jailed.

A spokeswoman for News Corp said: "As we have said before, we have been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks and when we have any announcements to make we will let you know."

Vester Flanagan 'ran out of bullets to kill third victim'

Alison Parker (left) interviewing Vicki Gardner moments before the shooting. Credit: Reuters

The woman being interviewed when a gunman killed two US journalists on live TV may have only survived because he ran out of bullets.

Vicki Gardner said she "ducked and dodged" as Vester Flanagan opened fire.

He did shoot her in the back but further attempts to fire more shots failed and then he fled.

Family spokesman Troy Keaton told NBC News: "After attempts to shoot her again, his gun was either not functioning or was out of bullets.

"She stayed there for a moment or two before she realised he was actually gone. Then she actually got up.

"She is just very thankful that she was able to survive and her and her husband Tim, they've been married 40 years, are still together."

Mrs Gardner is still recovering in hospital and Mr Keaton said there was no word yet on when she could go home.


Libya recovers 105 bodies after boat sinks, 100 missing

Bodies of dead migrants recovered by the Libyan coastguard. Credit: Reuters

The confirmed number of deaths after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea has risen to 105 with almost 100 more still missing.

Lacking navy ships, Libyan officials were searching for survivors with fishing boats and inflatables provided by locals.

About 198 people had been rescued by noon, the coast guard said.

Libya officials and residents were putting bodies into red bags on a beach littered with shoes, trousers and other personal items from those who perished.

Shoes and other personal items littered the Libyan coast after the tragedy Credit: Reuters

The vessel sank yesterday after leaving Zuwara, a major launchpad for smugglers taking advantage of lax security in Libya where rival governments are fighting for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

Survivor Ayman Talaal, from Syria said: "The boat was in a bad condition and people died with us."

We have been forced into this route. It's now called the grave of the Mediterranean Sea.

– Survivor Ayman Talaal, from Syria

The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has passed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 in the whole of 2014, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said.

More than 2,500 people have died making the crossing this year, not including those feared drowned off Libya in the last 24 hours, it said.

US journalists killed on live TV were both shot in the head

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed on Wednesday. Credit: WDBJ7 TV

The two journalists killed during a live TV report were both shot in the head.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, died of gunshot wounds to the head and body, a Virginia coroner said.

Their former colleague Vester Flanagan shot himself when police caught up with him three hours from the scene of the killings.

Flanagan, who used the on-air name Bryce Williams, is thought to have filmed the shooting, footage of which later appeared on Facebook.

He also sent a fax to ABC News alleging he was subjected to racism when he worked at TV station WDBJ7.

When Flanagan was sacked in 2013 he filed a lawsuit against the station but a judge threw his claims out.


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