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Chinese court rejects Bo Xilai's appeal, upholds life sentence
Chinese court rejects Bo Xilai's appeal, upholds life sentence

BEIJING --Bo Xilai’s last stand fizzled out without much fanfare Friday morning when a Chinese court turned down his appeal and upheld a life sentence for the once powerful Communist Party official, convicted last month of embezzlement, bribery and abuse of power. The ruling was handed down by the high court of Shandong province in eastern China, bringing an apparent end to China’s most dramatic public political soap opera in decades. Bo, the former national commerce minister who became party boss of the huge municipality of Chongqing, was taken down over bribes and corruption dating to his time as mayor of Dalian in the 1990s. But his dramatic fall from power came only after...

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