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Ian Edmondson, a former News of the World news editor accused of phone-hacking offences, is "currently unfit" to remain on trial with other senior ex-staff at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct British tabloid, a London court heard on Thursday. Judge John Saunders told the jury at London's Old Bailey that Edmondson would face a new trial at a later date. He had been facing a charge of conspiracy to intercept the communications of politicians, celebrities and members of the public alongside former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. Brooks, who went on to run the British newspaper arm of Murdoch's News Corp, and Coulson, later Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, also deny the charge, as does the paper's former managing editor Stuart Kuttner.