The saga sums up the crass stupidity of authoritarian regimes, whose fear of even mild challenges leads them to endlessly create martyrs
Officers in the military will be particularly nervous
Sources claim 'large numbers' of officials are being called back to North Korea
Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle branded 'traitor for all ages'
'Illegal methods must be eliminated', court statement says, but human rights activists say any change remains to be seen
Violence flares ahead of election, with a fragile peace process at stake as hardline Maoist splinter group seeks to control agenda
Supporters of the disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai have defied a decades-old de facto ban and created a new party with the former rising star of the Communists at its head.
Mind your back garden! The Communists are on the loose!
This is the first substantial London show of works on paper by the great, Berlin-born political satirist Georg Grosz in twenty years, and, oddly, it is being staged in a private gallery. What is more, the show of 50 works is a major loan exhibition – none of the paintings of drawings is for sale. What's in it for the gallery? 'We got a call from a collector the other day, offering us works by Grosz,' Richard Nagy tells me. So there you have it.
Unclear whether ruling will allow baseball players to jump to the US Major Leagues without restrictions
Bo Xilai has appealed against his life sentence for abuse of power, corruption and embezzlement, a source with direct knowledge of the case said.
China is investigating the head of its state assets regulator, a former top energy executive, for “serious discipline violations”, the government said today in what appears to be a deepening crackdown on corruption and push for reform.
Member of Communist Party’s most powerful body the latest to be investigated in Xi’s shake-up
Disgraced statesman denounces wife and former right hand man and attempts to portray himself as honest man surrounded by corruption
Florin Cioaba was the son of the Romanian Roma leader Ion Cioaba. His ancestors had been a powerful Roma family for several generations but they were no strangers to misfortune. Ion was deported, with thousands of other Romani people to Transdniestria in 1942 by the pro-Nazi Romanian dictator Ion Antonescu. With most of their property confiscated they were only allowed to carry hand luggage, with which they were supposed to survive the winter.