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Chinese Politician’s Wife Charged with Murder

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese prosecutors have charged the wife of former senior Communist Party official Bo Xilai and a family aide with the murder of a British businessman. China’s official news media say Bo Gu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun were charged Thursday with the intentional homicide of Neil Heywood in the eastern city of Hefei. The trial date […]

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Chinese Politician’s Wife Charged with Murder

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese prosecutors on Thursday charged the wife of former senior Communist Party official Bo Xilai and a family aide with the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. China’s official news media say Bo Gu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun were charged with intentional homicide in the eastern city of Hefei. The trial date has not been […]

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China Charges Former Senior Official’s Wife with Murder

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese prosecutors have charged the wife of disgraced former official Bo Xilai and a family employee with the murder of a British businessman, a significant development in a political scandal that has embarrassed the Chinese leadership. In a report Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said Bo’s wife Gu Kailai and the employee Zhang Xiaojun […]

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Chinese Politician’s Wife Charged with Murder

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese prosecutors have charged the wife of disgraced senior Communist Party official Bo Xilai and a family employee with the murder of a British businessman. The official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday that authorities say Bo’s wife Gu Kailai murdered Neil Heywood, who had business dealings with the couple. Gu and family aid Zhang Xiaojun […]

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France: Architect Who Flew to China for Questioning is OK

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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France says a French architect who flew to China for questioning in connection with a major political scandal is in regular contact with French authorities. A spokesman for the French embassy in Beijing told VOA two diplomats met with Patrick Devillers last week after he arrived in China from Cambodia, where police had detained him […]

Pope Meets With Cardinals On Scandal Probe

Posted June 16th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has met with three retired cardinals who are carrying out a probe into a leaked-documents scandal that revealed a power struggle in the highest levels of the church hierarchy. The closed-door meeting with Spaniard Julian Herranz, Jozef Tomko of Slovakia and Italian Salvatore De Giorgi was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. No other information […]

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Vatican Spokesman: Pope Pained by Deepening Scandal

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict is pained by a deepening scandal involving leaked papal documents that shed light on power struggles inside the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church. Federico Lombardi also reiterated his denial that any cardinals are being investigated in the case, although Italian media reports have singled out an unnamed […]

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Vatican Denies Cardinal Involved in Church Scandal

Posted May 28th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The Vatican is denying reports that an unnamed cardinal is involved in a deepening scandal over leaked papal documents that shed light on power struggles inside the highest levels of the Catholic church. Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi denied Italian media reports Monday, saying no cardinal, Italian or otherwise, is being investigated as part of the […]

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Vatican Confirms Arrest of Pope’s Butler in Leaks Scandal

Posted May 26th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Vatican confirmed Saturday that Pope Benedict’s butler has been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents and letters from the pontiff’s private quarters. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said 46-year-old Paolo Gabriele was arrested Wednesday after secret documents were found in his Vatican City home. Gabriele had been the pope’s personal butler since 2006, one […]

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British Political Fundraiser Quits in Cash for Access Scandal

Posted March 25th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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A top fundraiser for Britain’s ruling Conservative party has resigned for telling undercover reporters that they could have access to Prime Minster David Cameron in exchange for big cash donations. Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas denies the allegations published by London’s Sunday Times newspaper, describing his comments as “bluster.” He says he could not offer anyone […]

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