Here's a look at what you need to know about the phone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom. Journalists at British newspapers are accused of making payments to police and hacking into the phones of celebrities, law makers, royalty, murder victims and other figures in the news.
Timeline: November 2005 - British tabloid News of the World (NoW) prints a story about Prince William injuring his knee, prompting royal officials to complain to the police of probable voicemail hacking.
August 2006 - Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire are arrested for illegal phone hacking.
May 15, 2007 - The Press Complaints Commission says it found no evidence of phone hacking at NoW.
January 26, 2007 - NoW editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire are convicted of conspiracy to hack into phone voicemails of royals and are jailed. Andy Coulson, editor of NoW, claims to be unaware of hacking but still resigns.
July 2007 - Goodman and Mulcaire sue NoW for wrongful dismissal. Goodman receives £80,000 and Mulcaire receives an undisclosed amount. Coulson is hired as director of communications for Conservative party leader David Cameron, who becomes UK prime minister in May 2010.
June 2008 - News Group Newspapers pays a £700,000 settlement to soccer executive Gordon Taylor, whose phone was hacked by Mulcaire.
November 2009 - The Press Complaints Commission releases a report concluding that there is no evidence of continued phone hacking.
March 2010 - Celebrity public relations agent Max Clifford agrees to drop his lawsuit against the NoW for a payment of more than £1 million.
September 2010 - Former NoW journalist Sean Hoare alleges that phone hacking was a common practice at NoW and encouraged by Coulson.
January 21, 2011 - Andy Coulson resigns as British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman due to coverage of the phone hacking scandal.
January 26, 2011 - British Metropolitan Police launch a new investigation into voicemail hacking allegations at NoW.
February 25, 2011 - The High Court orders Glenn Mulcaire to reveal who asked him to hack phones.
April 10, 2011 - News of the World officially apologizes for hacking into voicemails from 2004 to 2006, setting up a compensation system to unnamed victims.
July 4, 2011 - It is revealed that NoW journalists possibly hacked into missing teenager Milly Dowler's voicemail in 2002 and deleted messages to free space, causing her parents to believe she was still alive.
July 6, 2011 - Rupert Murdoch, owner of NoW, promises full cooperation with the investigation and calls the accusations against News of the World "deplorable and unacceptable."
July 7, 2011 - News International announces that the July 10th Sunday edition of News of the World will be the paper's last.
July 8, 2011 - Andy Coulson is arrested on claims relating to phone hacking and corruption. Clive Goodman, the paper's former royal correspondent who served a four-month jail term in 2007, is also arrested on corruption allegations.
July 10, 2011 - The tabloid shuts down issuing a full-page apology for the hacking scandal on page three. The cover says, "Thank You & Goodbye".
July 13, 2011 - News Corp. withdraws its bid to take over British satellite broadcaster BSkyB, as Prime Minister Cameron announces a wide-ranging public inquiry into the British media.
July 14, 2011 - The FBI launches an investigation into the allegations that News Corp. employees or associates hacked into phones of 9/11 victims.
July 15, 2011 - Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of News International, resigns. Les Hinton, former Chairman News International, resigns as head of the Dow Jones division of the News Group Corp. and publisher of the Wall Street Journal. He was Brooks' predecessor at News International.
July 16 2011 - Rupert Murdoch issues apology for phone hacking via full page ads in seven national newspapers.
July 17, 2011 - Rebekah Brooks is arrested by London police on charges of suspicion of corruption and conspiring to intercept communications. She is released on bail after 12 hours. Sir Paul Stephenson, Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the UK's highest ranking policeman, resigns amid the growing controversy and speculation that London police were involved in the phone hacking scandal. This comes after revelations that former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis later became a communications consultant for the police.
July 18, 2011 - Assistant Police Commissioner John Yates announces his resignation. Yates had ruled in 2009 not to reopen an investigation of phone hacking by journalists. Home Secretary Theresa May announces that London's police department will be investigated for corruption by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.