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China Charges Bo Xilai's Wife In British Man's Killing

China has charged Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced party official Bo Xilai, with the murder of a British businessman — the latest sensational twist in China's biggest political scandal in decades.
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Guilt First, Trial Later: Murder Charge For Chinese Politician's Wife

Gu Kailai, wife of once prominent politician Bo Xilai, is accused of murdering a British businessman. Chinese media have not waited for the trial to declare her guilty.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Syrian warplanes bombed Aleppo as rebel forces fought for several neighborhoods in the commercial capital. Violence in more than a dozen Iraqi cities killed 100 people. European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi vowed to defend the euro. North Korean officials confirmed for the first time that dictator Kim Jong Eun is married. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson of NPR, Warren Strobel of Reuters and Elise Labott of CNN join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Olympic Glitch Riles North Korean Players Before Soccer Match [VIDEO]

As the North Korean players were introduced, the jumbo screen flashed the players' pictures — next to a South Korean flag.
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'China's Katrina': Second City Flooded; Corruption, Incompetence Blamed

Beijing's storm sewers couldn't cope with heavy rains. At least three dozen people are dead. Now, more downpours have flooded the city of Tianjin. Many are blaming government officials for being feckless. And more rain is coming.
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Beijing Flooding Compared To Katrina

In China, authorities are still counting the cost of heavy weekend floods in Beijing. City officials say three-dozen people died in the flooding, and more than 60,000 houses were damaged. Losses are estimated at nearly $2 billion. But the intangible damage is to the government's credibility.
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Ichiro Fans In Japan Scramble For Yankees Gear

Ichiro Suzuki's move from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees seems to be popular with his fans back in Japan — even though they now have to dash out and buy new memorabilia with the Yankees logo to show their support.
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Fight For Syria's Big Cities Intensifies

A big counterattack is brewing in Syria's most important city after Damascus. Rebel fighters had taken control of parts of Aleppo but say heavy reinforcements for the Syrian army are now arriving. Activists also say that in Damascus, loyalist forces have been exacting a bloody revenge. Even as Syrians — from soldiers to diplomats — are turning against the regime, the power on the ground remains with the military.

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