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Leading Leftist Bo Xilai Fired In China

The popular regional politician had been rumored to be in consideration for a promotion to the powerful Politburo Standing Committee ahead of a radical shake-up expected at the Communist Party's upcoming congress.

Sri Lanka Illegally Holding Hundreds of Prisoners: Amnesty

In a report titled Locked away: Sri Lanka's security detainees, Amnesty accuses the Sri Lankan government of arbitrarily detaining prisoners arrested under counter-terrorism laws introduced to combat separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Clinton Blasts Russia, China Over UN Vetoes On Syria

The top U.S. diplomat urged all countries to speak with one voice ... that the killing of innocent Syrians must stop. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad has subjected its citizens in several cities to military assault and disproportionate use of force.

Swiss Voters OK 'Sex Boxes,' Reject Longer Vacations

In a referendum, 67 percent of Swiss voters said no to extending annual leave to six weeks from four, while a majority in Zurich approved setting up temporary shelters known as sex boxes from which licensed prostitutes can work.

Barclays' Chief Diamond Nets $26 Million Pay Deal

The deal, which does not include the bank covering Diamond's £5.7 million tax bill, comes after Barclays' profits fell 3 percent in 2011 and is set to anger shareholders and fair pay campaigners critical of huge payouts.

Greece Debt Deal: 86% Sign Up For Bond Swap

Greek officials say the deal eases their country's debt burden by €105 billion. Next up: Action by the European Union to determine if Athens will get emergency loans to help avert a default.

Syria Minister Joins Rebels To Oppose Assad

Deputy oil minister Abdo Hussameddin, the highest-ranking official to defect during the uprising, said in a YouTube video that he was joining the revolution of this dignified people.