The swift downfall of ambitious Chinese politician Bo Xilai exposed a bitter power struggle in the highest echelons of government. Now his victims are telling their stories, exposing a darker side to Bo's signature clampdown on organized crime.
Charismatic and outspoken, Bo seemed headed for the country's top leadership body, the Politburo Standing Committee, before he was removed abruptly from his post — as party secretary of the major southern city of Chongqing — earlier this month.
News network Al Jazeera says it received video footage of the murders of three French soldiers, a rabbi and three children in southern France. Zied Tarrouche, Al Jazeera's Paris bureau chief, says the video arrived at the Paris offices on a data stick, accompanied by a letter, which said the slayings were in the name of al-Qaida, according to CBS. The video was turned over to police.
There are fresh fears about the infiltration of Afghan security forces by anti-government and anti-American insurgents after the discovery of 10 or 11 (depending on the media report) suicide vests inside the headquarters of that country's defense ministry and the arrest of more than a dozen soldiers.