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In Chinese politician’s trial, specter of a murder looms

HONG KONG — Bo Xilai, an ambitious and divisive Chinese politician whose downfall shook the Communist Party elite, will stand trial Thursday on charges of corruption, taking bribes, and abusing power, state-run news media announced Sunday.

The brief report from the Xinhua news agency said Bo would be tried in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province in eastern China. But the report gave no other details about the lurid allegations of corruption and a murder that toppled him and exposed bitter contention within the usually secretive Communist Party leadership.

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