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Chinese court sentences ‘guilty’ politician Bo Xilai to life in prison following corruption trial

A Chinese court Sunday sentenced former leading politician Bo Xilai to life in prison after a sensational corruption trial that exposed intrigue and lavish lifestyles in the higher levels of the ruling party. Bo, a member of the Communist Party’s 25-strong elite politburo before his dramatic downfall, was convicted of…

China shutters websites, deletes 210,000 posts over ‘rumors’

BEIJING (AFP) – China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 posts since mid-March in a crackdown on online “rumours”, state media said Thursday, as a major political scandal rocked the country. The announcement on the official Xinhua news agency came as Chinese authorities ramped up efforts to…

China purges rising political star as wife is probed for murder

China’s biggest political crisis in decades took a dramatic turn with the removal of one of the Communist Party’s biggest stars from his post and his wife’s arrest on suspicion of murder. Bo Xilai, the charismatic former party leader of Chongqing city, had been tipped for the very highest echelons of…

Top China leader ousted; wife probed over Briton’s murder

Chinese politician Bo Xilai, once a rising star, has been stripped of his elite Communist Party post while his wife is being investigated for the murder of a British national, state media said. The shock announcements — published Tuesday by the officialXinhua news agency – shed some light on a mysterious political scandal…

China ‘in for bumpy ride’ as new generation prepares to take power

The ousting of leadership contender Bo Xilai may be a sign of trouble ahead as once-a-decade power transition approaches. It was the greatest political upheaval in years, but it may not be the last. China’s dramatic ousting of the leadership contender Bo Xilai on Friday may have been an anomaly…

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