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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Former British PM, Wife, Get Settlement From Newspaper Publisher Over Photos

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie have won a substantial amount in damages from the publishers of the newspaper Daily Mail, which admits violating their rights of privacy over photographs taken while the Blairs were vacationing in Barbados. These particular pictures were taken with telephoto lenses while the couple were in "secluded and private places". The Blairs have donated the money to charity. Their law firm, Atkins Solicitors, announced the settlement on its website. According to an article in the Guardian, the photos are still available on the Mail's website, but a communication from Mr. Atkins indicates that these photos are from a previous holiday and not the subject of this settlement.

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