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Britain's "News of the World" hit the newsstands for the last time today, ending its 168-year history of scoops and scandal with the headline "Thank You and Goodbye."

In a full-page editorial, Britain's top-selling weekly newspaper apologized to readers for the long-running scandal over phone hacking that caused its closure, saying: "Quite simply, we lost our way." Publisher News International axed the tabloid last week.

"News of the World" is doubling the July 10 print run to five million, with money from the sales being donated to four charities.

Meanwhile the Labor party is calling for an immediate start to the judicial phone-hacking inquiry so evidence will not be lost as "News of the World" closes.

The government says it is acting "as rapidly as possible" and steps are being taken to appoint a judge to lead it.

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