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  • China Court Rejects Bo Xilai Appeal
    China Court Rejects Bo Xilai Appeal Fri, Oct 25, 2013

    A court in eastern China has rejected an appeal by ousted senior politician Bo Xilai and upheld his life sentence on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. More »

  • China to announce decision on Bo Xilai appeal on Friday
    China to announce decision on Bo Xilai appeal on Friday Mon, Oct 21, 2013

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A court in eastern China said it would announce a decision on Friday on whether to accept an appeal by ousted former senior politician Bo Xilai over his guilty verdict and life sentence on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. Bo, once a rising star in China's leadership circles who had cultivated a following through his populist, quasi-Maoist policies, was jailed for life in September after a dramatic fall from grace that shook the ruling Communist Party. ... More »

  • Chinese court agrees to hear Bo Xilai appeal
    Chinese court agrees to hear Bo Xilai appeal Wed, Oct 9, 2013

    A Chinese court said Wednesday it would hear an appeal by fallen Communist Party star Bo Xilai, who was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power last month and jailed for life. More »

  • China's Bo Xilai allowed to appeal against life in jail
    China's Bo Xilai allowed to appeal against life in jail Wed, Oct 9, 2013

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A court in eastern China on Wednesday allowed ousted former senior politician Bo Xilai to appeal against a guilty verdict on charges of corruption and abuse of power handed out last month which earned him a life sentence. Bo was a rising star in China's leadership circles and cultivated a loyal following through his charisma and populist, quasi-Maoist policies, especially among those left out in the cold by China's anything-for-growth economic policies. ... More »

  • China's Xi stamps authority on party with Bo verdict Mon, Sep 23, 2013

    By Benjamin Kang Lim and Adam Rose BEIJING (Reuters) - With ousted senior politician Bo Xilai jailed for life, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stamped his authority on the Communist Party by effectively warning he will not tolerate dissent as he seeks to push through tough economic reforms. Bo was sentenced on Sunday after being found guilty on charges of corruption, taking bribes and abuse of power. Since all courts are controlled by the party the verdict was likely pre-ordained although a source with direct knowledge of the case told Reuters on Monday that Bo had filed an appeal. ... More »

  • Chinese court sentences Bo Xilai to life in prison
    Chinese court sentences Bo Xilai to life in prison Sun, Sep 22, 2013

    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. More »

  • Bo Xilai Found Guilty Of Corruption In China
    Bo Xilai Found Guilty Of Corruption In China Sun, Sep 22, 2013

    Communist Party politician Bo Xilai has been sentenced to life in prison by a Chinese court following a scandal that culminated in one of the country's highest-profile trials in decades. More »

  • Flamboyant Chinese 'princeling' jailed for life Sun, Sep 22, 2013

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The writing was perhaps already on the wall for Bo Xilai, the controversial former top official of China's southwestern city of Chongqing, when he appeared at last year's parliamentary meeting, alternately chastened and combative. In earlier annual sessions of parliament, Bo had swept in, all smiles and lanky grace, preceded by a wave of TV cameras and popping flashbulbs. This time he was uncharacteristically restrained. ... More »

  • Sentence Due In Bo Xilai Trial In China
    Sentence Due In Bo Xilai Trial In China Sat, Sep 21, 2013

    The verdict in one of China's most publicised and politically sensitive trials in decades is expected in the next few hours. More »

  • China to sentence ousted politician Bo, could get long jail term
    China to sentence ousted politician Bo, could get long jail term Sat, Sep 21, 2013

    By Megha Rajagopalan JINAN, China (Reuters) - A Chinese court will announce its verdict on former top politician Bo Xilai on Sunday following his 5-day trial last month on charges of corruption and abuse of power. He could be handed a long jail term by the Communist Party-controlled court. The nature of the charges could even see Bo, 64, given the death penalty, but many observers say that is unlikely as the party will not want to make a martyr of a man whose left-leaning social welfare policies won much popular support. ... More »

  • China: 'Bo Xilai Letter' Hints At Comeback
    China: 'Bo Xilai Letter' Hints At Comeback Thu, Sep 19, 2013

    Chinese politician Bo Xilai has maintained that he will be vindicated of corruption allegations, just days before he is due to hear the verdict in his trial. More »

  • China to seal ousted politician Bo's fate on Sunday
    China to seal ousted politician Bo's fate on Sunday Wed, Sep 18, 2013

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court will announce its verdict on ousted former senior politician Bo Xilai on Sunday following his trial last month on charges of corruption and abuse of power. China's courts come under the control of the ruling Communist Party and are certain to find Bo guilty. State media, which speaks for the party, has already all but condemned him. "The Jinan Intermediate People's Court hereby announces that it will announce a verdict in defendant Bo Xilai's bribery, corruption and abuse of power case on September 22, 2013, at 10 a.m. (3:00 a.m. ... More »

  • Bo Xilai Trial Ends With 'Love Triangle' Hint
    Bo Xilai Trial Ends With 'Love Triangle' Hint Mon, Aug 26, 2013

    The trial of Chinese politician Bo Xilai has ended with him claiming his wife told him she was not responsible for the murder of the British businessman Neil Heywood. More »

  • Bo trial ends, China prosecutors demand heavy sentence
    Bo trial ends, China prosecutors demand heavy sentence Mon, Aug 26, 2013

    The dramatic trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai ended Monday with prosecutors pushing for a heavy sentence over a murder and corruption scandal that shook the Communist Party. More »

  • Bo Xilai Attacks 'Vile' Police Chief At Trial
    Bo Xilai Attacks 'Vile' Police Chief At Trial Sun, Aug 25, 2013

    Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai condemned his former police chief Wang Lijun as a "vile character" and a "liar" on the fourth day of a trial which is captivating China. More »

  • China's Bo says police chief's evidence 'full of lies'
    China's Bo says police chief's evidence 'full of lies' Sun, Aug 25, 2013

    Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai accused his former police chief, whose flight to a US consulate ignited a lurid scandal, of being a liar and a fraudster Sunday, the fourth day of a gripping corruption trial. More »

  • Bo admits faults over embezzlement, murder probe
    Bo admits faults over embezzlement, murder probe Sat, Aug 24, 2013

    Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai admitted "some responsibility" Saturday for embezzled public funds and making mistakes in connection with his wife's murder of a British businessman, his first confessions in a dramatic trial. More »

  • China's Bo Xilai Admits 'Some Responsibility'
    China's Bo Xilai Admits 'Some Responsibility' Sat, Aug 24, 2013

    The disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has admitted "some responsibility" for 5m yuan (£514,000) of embezzled public funds. More »

  • Bo tells China corruption trial his wife is 'insane'
    Bo tells China corruption trial his wife is 'insane' Fri, Aug 23, 2013

    Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai described his wife as "insane" Friday after his corruption trial heard video testimony from her implicating him in bribery, in a case that is gripping the communist-run country. More »

  • China: Bo Xilai Knew Of Bribes Says Wife
    China: Bo Xilai Knew Of Bribes Says Wife Fri, Aug 23, 2013

    Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has described his wife as "crazy" after his landmark corruption trial heard testimony from her implicating him in bribery. More »

  • China: Bo Xilai Retracts Bribery Confession
    China: Bo Xilai Retracts Bribery Confession Thu, Aug 22, 2013

    Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai has insisted he was forced into confessing to a bribery charge in the country's biggest political scandal in decades. More »

  • Bo denies bribery charge as China trial opens
    Bo denies bribery charge as China trial opens Thu, Aug 22, 2013

    Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai lashed out at his long-awaited trial Thursday, contesting bribery charges arising from a lurid murder and corruption scandal that has shaken the country's communist leadership. More »

  • Heywood Family 'Closer To Compensation Deal'
    Heywood Family 'Closer To Compensation Deal' Mon, Aug 19, 2013

    Relatives of a British businessman killed in China are closer to reaching a compensation deal with the woman convicted of his murder, says their lawyer. More »

  • Heywood family close to compensation deal with Gu: lawyer
    Heywood family close to compensation deal with Gu: lawyer Mon, Aug 19, 2013

    Relatives of Neil Heywood, the British businessman murdered by the wife of powerful Chinese politician Bo Xilai, are close to agreeing compensation with her representatives, a lawyer said Monday. More »

  • China official who doubted Bo murder case quits: media
    China official who doubted Bo murder case quits: media Mon, Aug 19, 2013

    A Chinese forensic expert who questioned the murder conviction of top politician Bo Xilai's wife has resigned one of her positions, state media said Monday, just as Bo's trial date was announced. More »

  • China's Bo Xilai to go on trial Thursday
    China's Bo Xilai to go on trial Thursday Sun, Aug 18, 2013

    Disgraced politician Bo Xilai, whose downfall heralded China's biggest political scandal for decades, will stand trial from Thursday for bribery, graft and abuse of power, it was announced Sunday. More »

  • China's Bo Xilai Goes On Trial On Thursday
    China's Bo Xilai Goes On Trial On Thursday Sun, Aug 18, 2013

    Disgraced senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai will stand trial later this week for bribery, corruption and abuse of power, it has been announced. More »

  • Neil Heywood's Wife Seeks China Murder Payout
    Neil Heywood's Wife Seeks China Murder Payout Mon, Aug 12, 2013

    The family of a British businessman murdered by the wife of a senior Communist Party official in China are seeking compensation for his death. More »

  • China charges Bo Xilai with corruption, abuse of power
    China charges Bo Xilai with corruption, abuse of power Thu, Jul 25, 2013

    China's once high-flying communist politician Bo Xilai was indicted on Thursday for bribery and abuse of power, state media said, following a scandal that exposed deep divisions at the highest levels of government. More »

  • Bo Xilai Charged With Bribery And Corruption
    Bo Xilai Charged With Bribery And Corruption Thu, Jul 25, 2013

    Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power. More »

  • Trial of China Bo Xilai to be held in August: source
    Trial of China Bo Xilai to be held in August: source Wed, Jul 24, 2013

    The trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai -- set to be China's highest-profile political prosecution in decades -- will be held in August, a source with direct knowledge of the case told AFP on Wednesday. More »

  • China ex-railways minister 'tried for graft'
    China ex-railways minister 'tried for graft' Sun, Jun 9, 2013

    China's former railways minister went on trial on Sunday charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes, state media reported, in the first high-profile corruption case under President Xi Jinping. More »

  • Bo Xilai: Chinese Politician On Hunger Strike
    Bo Xilai: Chinese Politician On Hunger Strike Fri, Feb 22, 2013

    A disgraced politician at the centre of a scandal which rocked the Chinese Communist Party and left a British businessman murdered is reportedly on hunger strike in his jail cell. More »

  • Chinese Twitter User Arrested: Wife Missing
    Chinese Twitter User Arrested: Wife Missing Thu, Nov 22, 2012

    Friends of a man arrested in China over an anti-government Twitter posting have told Sky News they have now lost contact with the man's wife. More »

  • China: Bo Scandal Casts Shadow Over Handover
    China: Bo Scandal Casts Shadow Over Handover Thu, Oct 18, 2012

    In just three weeks China will get a new President. The Communist Party Congress - China's once-a-decade power transition - will reveal Xi Jinping as the country's next leader. More »