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Murder Trial Of Chinese Politician's Wife Set To Start

In one of China's biggest criminal trials, which starts Thursday, Gu Kailai, the wife of the fallen Communist Party leader Bo Xilai, stands accused of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. The case's lurid details involve privilege, allegations of public corruption and palace intrigue.
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Tax Evaders Beware! Money's Getting Harder To Hide

The U.S. government has been tightening the screws on Americans who hide money in offshore accounts, putting pressure on overseas banks, and joining forces with European and Japanese regulators. One effort, an amnesty program for unreported account holders, has brought in $5 billion in back taxes and penalties.
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One Benefit Of Hosting The Olympics? More Medals

Great Britain has been raking in the medals at this summer's Olympics. Researcher Nigel Balmer of University College London says that's no coincidence. Balmer and his colleagues tracked Olympic medal counts going back to World War II and found that the host country routinely experiences a spike in the number of gold, silver and bronze medals its athletes take home. Audie Cornish talks to him about why that is.
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Egypt Launches Air Strikes Against Militants In Sinai

The Egyptian army has gone on the offensive in the Sinai Peninsula, with air, missile and ground attacks against Islamist militants near the Israeli border.
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China's 'Internet Police' Targets Collective Action

Audie Cornish talks to Gary King, director of Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, about new research that looks at the types of online postings censored by the Chinese government.

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