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Former Chinese Politician Has Spirited Defense At Trial

The former politician Bo Xilai offered a spirited defense in court in China on Thursday, surprising observers who had expected a quick show trial to end the country's biggest political scandal in decades. However Bo was allowed to cross-examine witnesses and tell judges he had been framed in the bribery charges against him. He said he had confessed to the charges under psychological pressure during interrogation.

Some Afghans Already Cynical About Next Year's Election

April 5, 2014 — that's the day Afghans are scheduled to head to the polls to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. He's constitutionally banned from running for a third term. But, in a country that loves a good conspiracy theory, many think that Karzai will find some way to stay in power. Even if he doesn't, there are still many questions about how free and fair next year's vote will be.

Mubarak's Release Sparks New Debate Over Egypt's Future

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday and immediately flown to a military hospital in Cairo. The court-ordered release does not mean the end of his problems. The 85-year-old Mubarak is still facing charges of conspiracy and murder in a re-trial that could begin as early as this weekend. A small group of Mubarak supporters gathered outside the prison for his release, but overall the decision to transfer him to the hospital has not ignited any street protests.

Latest Clashes In Egypt Bloodier Than 2011 Revolution

Melissa Block talks to Heba Morayef, Director of Human Rights Watch's Egypt office, about their latest report on human rights violations.
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Judith Flanders: "The Invention Of Murder"

Author Judith Flanders joins guest host Frank Sesno to talk about the evolution of the real -- and fictional -- crime story.

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Growing Pressure On The U.S. To Respond To Events In Syria

President Barack Obama says the time frame for action in Syria is growing short. Guest host Frank Sesno and a panel of experts discuss allegations of a large scale chemical weapons attack and growing pressure on the U.S. to respond.


After Syrian Killings, How Will U.S. And Its Allies Respond?

The West is facing renewed pressure to take stronger action following claims that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in an attack on Wednesday. But the U.S. and other Western countries have so far sought to limit their involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Bo Xilai's Corruption Trial In China Kicks Off With A Twist

It's common to see cowed defendants admit to crimes during Communist Party show trials. But disgraced former politburo member Bo Xilai began his trial with vehement denials of guilt, calling one accuser a "crazy dog snapping at things for reward."

Mubarak's Case: What's The Best Approach With Ex-Dictators?

Hosni Mubarak's fate remains in limbo, and it raises a recurring question about deposed dictators. Is it better to put them on trial and scrutinize their records, or is it preferable that they disappear into exile?

'Grandmaster' Ziyi Zhang: 'I Can Do Better Than Just Kicking Ass'

Actress Ziyi Zhang is known for Oscar-winning films like Memoirs of a Geisha and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Now she co-stars in The Grandmaster, inspired by kung fu legend Ip Man. She speaks with guest host Celeste Headlee about her new fierce role and how women have gained prominence in kung fu films.