1. CHANGING OF THE GUARD

    Hu: Corruption Threatens Us

    President Hu Jintao goes back to his seat after his speech during the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 8, 2012. Vice President Xi Jinping had moved closer to taking the reins of power and is expected to replace President Hu Jintao as party chief in a once-a-decade power transition, setting the stage for his promotion to president of the world's most populous nation, expected by March 2013.             AFP PHOTO/WANG ZHAO        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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    China’s Hu Jintao warned on Thursday that corruption could be lethal to the Communist Party at the country’s conference to transfer power. Hu’s successor, Xi Jinping, is being unveiled this week at the 18th Communist Party Congress. Speaking at the Great Hall of the People to a crowd of over 2,600 delegates, Hu told the delegates they needed to focus on “social harmony” and “stability”—two goals that seem ever loftier after the scandal involving Bo Xilai, the senior Communist official expelled from the party following questions involving his involvement in the murder last year of British diplomat Neil Heywood.

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