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Prosecutors to lay out UK phone hacking case

Former News of the World national newspaper editor Andy Coulson leaves the Central Criminal Court in London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. The trial of two former top editors of Rupert Murdoch's defunct News of the World began Monday with the selection of a jury to hear the complex and high-profile case sparked by a tabloid phone-hacking scandal that has shaken Murdoch's media empire and tarnished the image of British journalism. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

LONDON (AP) -- Prosecutors will be opening their case against former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson in Britain's long-awaited phone hacking trial.

Brooks, Coulson and six others face charges stemming from the revelation that the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid eavesdropped on the phone voicemails of celebrities, politicians, crime victims and others in its search for scoops.

Murdoch shut down the newspaper in 2011 when the scandal erupted and dozens of his staff have been arrested.

The trial at London's Central Criminal Court began Monday with jury selection. On Tuesday the jury is to be sworn in and prosecution lawyer Andrew Edis will begin his case.

Brooks and Coulson face charges of phone hacking and conspiring to bribe officials. Brooks also is charged with obstructing justice.