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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Former Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang is to be investigated

China’s corruption crackdown goes all the way to the top, with former security tsar to be investigated

Member of Communist Party’s most powerful body the latest to be investigated in Xi’s shake-up

Indian apartment buildings collapse killing 11 and burying dozens

More than 250 rescue workers attempt to save an estimated 40 others whose homes fell apart while they slept

British investigator Peter Humphrey ‘regrets’ illegal data scam on China TV

Couple make public confession over alleged £320m bribery scandal a drugs giant

Bo Xilai reads his closing remarks on the final day of his trial

China: Bo Xilai corruption trial ends with politician claiming love triangle was reason for his downfall

Disgraced statesman denounces wife and former right hand man and attempts to portray himself as honest man surrounded by corruption

In parallel trial sessions, Egyptian courts have heard cases against ousted President Hosni Mubarak, pictured, and top leaders of his arch rival, the Muslim Brotherhood, related to killings during the 2011 and 2013 protest campaigns that led to their respective downfalls

Leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the movement’s former arch opponent Hosni Mubarak face same charges

In parallel trial sessions, Egyptian courts have heard cases against ousted President Hosni Mubarak and top leaders of his arch rival, the Muslim Brotherhood, related to killings during the 2011 and 2013 protest campaigns that led to their respective downfalls.

Ousted senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai speaks during his trial in Jinan, Shandong province

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai attacks his wife and 'vile' right-hand man Wang Lijun as testimony ends in Chinese show trial

Communist party boss dismisses testimony of Wang and labels her 'crazy'

On trial: Disgraced Bo Xilai addresses the court in Jinan

Guilty verdict expected for 'ashamed' Bo Xilai

The disgraced former Chinese Communist Party supremo Bo Xilai yesterday admitted in court some responsibility for embezzling funds, saying he was "ashamed" of his actions, as his explosive corruption trial draws to a close.

Gu Kailai appeared by video-link at Bo Xilai's trial at the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, China

China corruption trial: Bo Xilai denies ‘insane’ wife’s claims that he knew about bribes

Disgraced politician dismisses testimony from wife, claiming ‘she’s always making things up’

Murdered Briton Neil Heywood

Bo Xilai trial hears for first time why British businessman Neil Heywood was targeted

Testimony given during former Communist Party chief’s trial reveals why his wife murdered Neil Heywood

London exit no end to this sorry tale

When Kazakhmys's chief Oleg Novachuk says that its stake in ENRC did not "create the opportunities that we had anticipated" he is underplaying the affair to the extreme.

GCSE results: Parents 'spent £4.2m' on incentives to encourage children to do well

Parents spent a staggering £4.2 million in incentives and prizes for their offspring to do well in their GCSEs, according to a survey released today.

Glencore hit for $8bn but boss takes $59m dividend

The newly forged iron ore-to-copper empire Glencore Xstrata was forced to slash the value of its assets by $8.5bn (£5.4bn) in the first set of results since the merger that created it.

BHP invests in fertiliser to lay the ground for profits

Andrew Mackenzie's first big bet as BHP Billiton's new chief executive is on the need for more food as the global population booms, with a $2.6bn investment in Canadian fertiliser.

Doctor in court over organ donor fraud scandal as transplant centres across Germany placed under criminal investigation

Prosecutors charged that he had changed data on the files of at least 25 patients to push them up the transplant list

Senior Chinese forensic scientist resigns in protest over mishandled cases

Wang Xuemei claimed that the officially recorded circumstances of British businessman’s death were wrong.

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