August 8 2006 Police arrest News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and seize computer records, paperwork and audio tapes.
January 26 2007 Goodman and Mulcaire are jailed. Then News of the World editor Andy Coulson is forced to resign but protests his innocence of any involvement.
May 15 2007 The Press Complaints Commission publishes its report stating that it had found no evidence of further wrongdoing.
July 9 2007 Andy Coulson appointed Tory leader David Cameron's head of communications.
April 2008 The officer in charge of the hacking investigation Andy Hayman retires from the Metropolitan Police.
July 2008 Hayman appointed as columnist at the Murdoch-owned Times.
July 8 2009 Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson asks assistant commissioner John Yates to review the original hacking investigation after a series of reports in the Guardian.
July 21 2009 Andy Coulson tells the Commons culture media and sport select committee that he did not condone phone-hacking and had no recollection of hacking having taken place during his time as NotW editor.
August 15 2009 The NotW claims its internal inquiry has uncovered no further evidence of hacking.
November 9 2009 Second PCC report finds no evidence it had been misled by the NotW.
February 24 2010 Commons culture media and sport committee accuses senior News International executives of concealing the scale of the hacking. More evidence of hacking emerges during the course of the year and a number of alleged hacking victims launch civil actions.
January 21 2010 Coulson forced to resign again, this time stepping down as Cameron's director of communications.
These are the key recent developments in the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
January 27 2011 The Met launches Operation Weeting led by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers. At the same time operation Elveden is also launched into allegations of payments made to Met officers.
April 5 2011 NotW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and Ian Edmondson arrested on suspicion of hacking.
July 4 Claims emerge that the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler was hacked by a private investigator working for the NotW after she went missing in 2002.
Her family's solicitor Mark Lewis says signs that her voicemail messages had been listened to offered her parents Bob and Sally false hope that she was still alive.
July 5 Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of NotW publisher News International, says she is "appalled and shocked" that Milly's phone had been hacked. It emerges that the parents of murdered schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman have been contacted by detectives investigating phone hacking.
July 6 Sources confirm several families of people who died in the July 7 2005 London bombings have been warned they may have been targeted for phone-hacking, while lawyers claim that relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan may also have been victims.Met police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson says News International had given Scotland Yard documents indicating "inappropriate" payments were made to officers. Rupert Murdoch backs Brooks to continue at the helm of News International.
July 7 News International chairman James Murdoch announces that the NotW will close with the loss of over 200 jobs.Scotland Yard detectives leading the phone-hacking investigation say they have identified more than 4,000 potential victims.
July 8 Coulson is arrested on suspicion of phone-hacking and corruption. Goodman is also rearrested the same day, as is an unnamed 63-year-old. All three are released on bail until October.
July 10 The final edition of the NotW published. Rupert Murdoch arrives in London and faces calls from Labour leader Ed Miliband to suspend his plans to take full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB while police investigate alleged phone-hacking and police bribes.
July 11 It emerges that the NotW paid police protection officers around £1,000 for the contact details of senior members of the royal household. Scotland Yard accuses News International of "undermining" its investigation into claims journalists bribed corrupt officers by leaking details to the media.
July 12 The government finally backs calls from Labour and the Lib Dems for Rupert Murdoch to drop his BSkyB takeover bid. Former Met deputy assistant commissioner Peter Clarke claims News International lied and tried to "thwart" Scotland Yard's 2006 investigation.
July 13 News Corporation withdraws its BSkyB takeover bid. Cameron announces independent hacking inquiry into the ethics and culture of the British media as well as phone-hacking and illegal payments.
July 14 Former NotW executive editor Neil Wallis is arrested on suspicion of phone-hacking. It emerges he was employed by the Met as a PR consultant in 2009-10.
July 15 Rebekah Brooks resigns. Downing street forced to publish list of PM's meetings with NI executives.
News Corporation veteran Les Hinton resigns.
July 17 The Met denies that a stay at a luxury health resort for commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson was arranged by Wallis, who was then working as a PR consultant for Champneys.
Brooks is arrested on suspicion of phone-hacking and corruption.
Stephenson resigns as Metropolitan Police commissioner.
July 18 Yates resigns as Scotland Yard assistant commissioner.
July 19 Stephenson and Yates give evidence to home affairs select committee. James and Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks give evidence to the culture media and sport committee.
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