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In abrupt change, Britain’s Cameron champions self-regulation for press

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that cross-party talks with other political leaders on regulating Britain’s rambunctious press had broken down and he would pursue his own proposal for a system of self-regulation after months of inquiries into the phone-hacking scandal

Cameron’s abrupt move placed new strains on his relationship with the Liberal Democrats, the junior coalition partner with his Conservative Party and raised the possibility that they may end up voting with the Labor opposition against Cameron’s proposal for a royal charter to underpin a new self-regulatory body.

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