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UK PM David Cameron faces grilling over links to Murdoch empire

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British Prime Minister David Cameron enters the High Court to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, in London on June 14, 2012.

ITV News and msnbc.com news services report — British Prime Minister David Cameron, under fire for courting an exclusive media clique led by Rupert Murdoch, appeared before a judicial inquiry on Thursday to try and neuter claims his ministers tailored policy to further Murdoch's interests.

Cameron's once-cozy ties with Murdoch's inner circle mean he is under pressure to pull off a virtuoso performance at the inquiry, which has sharpened the perception that Britain has been run for years by an elite that fawned on the News Corp chairman. Read the full story.

David Cameron testified at the Leveson Inquiry that there was never any 'overt or covert' agreement with News International. The Prime Minister admits relations between the press and politicians have become too close, but denied any deal was made between the two. ITN's political correspondent Alex Forrest reports.

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Journalists stand behind the railings awaiting the arrival of David Cameron at the High Court in London on June 14, 2012.