EIGHT CHARGED: British authorities charged an ex-aide to the prime minister, a former protege of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and six others in the ever-widening phone hacking scandal.
DETAILS: They are accused of key roles in a campaign of illegal espionage that victimized hundreds of people including top celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
SIGNIFICANCE: The charges may further embarrass Prime Minister David Cameron, who hired one of those charged as his chief communications adviser and once counted another in his circle of friends.
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