Bo Xilai, a Communist Party chief from Chongqing, was replaced by deputy prime minister Zhang Dejiang. A report released online details why he was pushed out. The scandal could the transition of power this fall when the executive committee of the Chinese Communist Party names seven new members.
In his latest book, Pakistan on the Brink, journalist Ahmed Rashid writes that he fears Pakistan is on the verge of a "meltdown." Rashid explains some of the challenges facing the country, as well as the complicated relationship both Pakistan and Afghanistan have with the United States.
Britain is expected this week to announce plans to issue a bond that will take 100 years to mature — and maybe even a bond that never matures but just keeps paying out indefinitely. It's being billed as an attempt to lock in the benefits of Britain's "safe haven" status and the low borrowing rates that come with it. It also means government borrowing wouldn't have to be repaid until the next century.
Many details have emerged about the American soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar province. But little has been reported about those who were killed or the five still recovering. One Afghan farmer lost nearly his entire family in the attack.
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