In the tiny village of Marcoles in the French heartland, the political debate over security and terrorism is hardly what concerns people. In such places, where young people often leave for the city, the future is about creating jobs and a spirit of community and solidarity.
Election officials upheld their ban of nearly half of the presidential candidates running in next month's contest. Among them are two leading Islamist candidates and the intelligence chief for former President Hosni Mubarak. The decision radically alters the race for a post that will shape Egypt's political landscape.
A former journalist with state-run media says fallen politician Bo Xilai bribed the children of high officials with real estate to secure promotions, while his wife was "raking in money" in exchange for favors. Now the two are embroiled in a scandal that threatens the stability of the entire nation.
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