1. POLITICAL SCANDAL

    Trial Set for Bo Xilai’s Wife

    China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai (R) and his wife Gu Kailai stand at a mourning held for his father Bo Yibo, former vice-chairman of the Central Advisory Commission of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing in this January 17, 2007 file photo. China's Communist Party has banished Bo Xilai, the country's brashest and most controversial politician from its top ranks, and detained his wife in connection with the murder of a British businessman, the most tumultuous upheaval in the nation's leadership in decades. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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    The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be tried for the murder of Neil Heywood next Thursday, a spokeswoman for the court hearing case said Friday. Gu Kailai, a former international lawyer, is charged with intentional homicide in the death of the British businessman. The murder mystery is at the center of a political scandal surrounding Mr. Bo, a former contender for top office in China who was stripped of his Communist Party posts in April. Ms. Gu is accused of poisoning Heywood with the help of her son and faces the death penalty if convicted.

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