News Corp. to Close Its News of the World Tabloid

News Corp. on Thursday said it will close its News of the World newspaper in response to widening allegations that the U.K. newspaper hacked phones and made improper payments to police.

The company said this Sunday’s edition of News of the World will be the last for the 168-year-old paper.

James Murdoch, News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer, said in a statement that the newspaper’s reputation has been “sullied by behavior that was wrong.”

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