A Chinese court on Monday suspended the death sentence of Gu Kailai, the wife of a disgraced Communist Party leader, after finding her guilty of murder in the death of a British businessman, a court official said.
The day after the biggest murder trial in recent Chinese history, the country's state media ran stories about the defendant, Gu Kailai, the high-powered wife of deposed Chinese politician Bo Xilai, but kept headlines off the front page.
As the drama surrounding one of the Chinese Communist Party's most high-profile politicians, Bo Xilai, unfolds with all the twists of a soap opera, attention has zoomed in again on his wife, Gu Kailai, the woman likened by some as the "Jackie Kennedy of China" and who is now officially charged with murder.
With a father who is a toppled Communist leader and a mother accused of murder, the son, Bo Guagua, is now under scrutiny over reports of a lavish student lifestyle that have raised questions about where China's top cadres find their money.
I glimpse the sprawling hotel from a distance, nestled into the lush hills on the outskirts of Chongqing. The air is fresher here, the temperature several degrees cooler than the sprawling metropolis of more than 30 million people below.
The latest rumors filling a void of official information over the mysterious death of a British businessman and the fall of one of China's rising political stars are worthy of a Hollywood thriller, amid rumors of poison and political skullduggery.
Reports that the crime-busting deputy mayor of a Chinese city had gone on "medical leave" sparked a frenzied response on social media Wednesday, amid speculation that he had sought asylum at a U.S. consulate.
Li Yuning, a high school senior in China's eastern Shandong province, hopes to explore a career in advertising or journalism. But to get into a university to pursue this path, she must first run the gauntlet known as "Gaokao," a grueling university entrance examination given every summer across the Asian nation.
It is the start of perhaps the most salacious chapter in China's most sweeping crackdown on corruption in recent history. The trial of the most senior official implicated in an intricate web of mafia-style gangs that terrorized the central city of Chongqing has begun.
China's long simmering battle against corruption has come to a boil, this time in Chongqing, the largest megalopolis in the world. A massive crackdown has implicated millionaires, gangsters, and even police officers. Known as "dahei" (combat triads), the campaign has put the spotlight on organized crime and how it has infested local bureaucracy and businesses through bribery, extortion, blackmail and violence.
At the Chongqing Children's Palace, experts are hoping to revolutionize child-rearing with the help of science. About 30 children aged 3 to 12 years old and their parents are participating in a new program that uses DNA testing to identify genetic gifts and predict the future.
As Bus No. 37 pulled up at the Wangfujing stop near his office, Chris Tsao watched the line of waiting passengers quickly dissipate into a familiar scene of mild chaos as they pressed their way onto the standing-room-only bus.
The official death toll from the China earthquake stood at 12,012 on Wednesday afternoon, but it is expected to rise as soldiers and rescue crews pull more bodies from crumbled buildings at the epicenter in Sichuan province.
Floods unleashed by torrential rains have killed at least 161 people and left dozens more missing in southwestern China, prompting authorities to put the massive Three Gorges hydroelectric project on alert.