Chinese politician Bo Xilai appeals conviction ruling

Bo Xilai, a former top member of China's Communist Party, has appealed Sunday's court ruling that sentenced him to life in prison for taking bribes and embezzling public funds, a source familiar with the matter said Monday.

Bo, a one-time rising star of the party, denied all the charges against him during the trial at the Jilian Intermediate People's Court and recanted his prior confessions of guilt. It remains unknown when the appeal process will open.