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The biggest surprises of the Bo Xilai trial

HONG KONG — After more than a year of silent detention and closed-door negotiations, former Communist Party boss Bo Xilai stepped into a courtroom in China’s northeastern city of Jinan on Thursday to face charges of bribery, graft, and abuse of power.

Chatter: Bo Xilai gets his day in court

China begins its political trial of the century, the UN seeks answers in Syria, Zimbabwe swears in its new, old president, and Ecuador's leader says what's written in black and white ain't green.
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Bo Xilai trial starts in China

The trial of fallen Chongqing politician Bo Xilai began Thursday in the eastern city of Jinan, in a highly publicized proceeding that will likely be one of China's most political trials in years.

How Beijing is artfully stage managing the Bo Xilai corruption case

HONG KONG — While much about Bo Xilai’s upcoming trial remains hazy, one thing at least is clear: Beijing is intent on controlling every aspect of its presentation. First came the leaks, timed closely in Hong Kong and Western media. Earlier this week, the South China Morning Post, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times all published stories citing anonymous sources saying Bo would soon be charged after more than a year in detention. Shortly thereafter, the state-run news agency Xinhua confirmed the accounts, stating that Bo was being charged with bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power. 

Bo Xilai expelled from Communist Party of China, will face charges, Chinese state media says

Bo, the former Communist Party leader in Chongqing, was once seen as a rising star in the murky world of Chinese politics.

Chatter: Wang Lijun jailed over Bo Xilai scandal

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Wang Lijun trial begins in Chengdu

Controversial Chinese police chief Wang Lijun's Chengdu secret trial has begun, reports the BBC, as the political fallout of the Bo Xilai scandal contineus to settle.

What future for Bo Xilai, after Gu Kailai trial?

TAIPEI — China’s most politically gripping trial in decades lasted just seven hours last Thursday — a brevity intended to minimize damage to the shroud of secrecy under which the country’s political elite operate. Instead, it raised more questions than it answered, particularly about the political future of one of modern China’s most politically ambitious figures, Bo Xilai. 

China: Gu Kailai, Bo Xilai's wife, charged in killing of Neil Heywood

Neil Heywood was found dead last November in a hotel room in Chongqing, where Bo Xilai was regional head of the Communist Party.

Actress Zhang Ziyi denies claims she slept with Bo Xilai and other Chinese politicians

Zhang Ziyi, who starred in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," has threatened to sue over claims she slept with a string of powerful Chinese Communist leaders.
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Actress Zhang Ziyi attends the 'Love For Life' premiere during the 6th International Rome Film Festival on November 2, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Zhang Ziyi, who starred in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," has threatened to sue over claims she slept with a string of powerful Chinese Communist leaders.
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