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Poisoning claim as China plot thickens

China's corruption scandal took a dramatic twist yesterday when the wife of the former high-flying Chinese politician Bo Xilai was accused of poisoning the British businessman Neil Heywood for threatening to expose her plan to move money abroad.

Israel bans Günter Grass over poem

German writer and Nobel laureate Günter Grass has effectively been banned from Israel after a poem he published accused the country of endangering world peace sparked a global firestorm of criticism and counter-criticism.

Famed boys’ club feels the heat

Pity the winner of the 2013 Masters, who for all the wonderful golf he will have played and all the great players he will have beaten, might be destined to share his moment with an American businesswoman named Virginia Rometty, who reached the summit of the corporate pile this year when she was appointed the CEO of the computer group IBM.