Top news: A Chinese court in the eastern city of Hefei has sentenced Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, to death for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood but suspended her execution. Experts say the verdict likely means that Gu, who has not contested the charges against her, will face life in prison, though the sentence could be reduced further to reward good behavior.
"I feel the verdict is just and fully reflects the court's special respect for the law, its special respect for reality, and, in particular, its special respect for life," Gui said in footage aired on state television.
The court also sentenced Gu's assistant, Zhang Xiaojun, to nine years in jail for his role in the poisoning of Heywood. Bo Xilai, meanwhile, has not been seen in public since March.
Syria: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance at a mosque in Damascus on Sunday during the Eid al-Fitr holiday following Ramadan. On Monday, U.N. observers pulled out of Syria after a failed four-month mission as fighting raged in Aleppo, Daraa, and a suburb of Damascus.
- Japanese activists swam to a disputed island as protests erupted across China over Japan's treatment of Chinese activists who had performed a similar act.
- Myanmar's Information Ministry announced the end of direct media censorship in the country.
- New Zealand's prime minister suggested that his government might withdraw troops from Afghanistan earlier than expected as U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey travels to Kabul for talks.
- Libyan authorities arrested 32 alleged supporters of former leader Muammar al-Qaddafi over a series of bombings in Tripoli that killed two people.
- The Sunni cleric Sheik Mahdi al-Sumaidaie was injured in a deadly bombing in Baghdad.
- A gunman killed nine people outside a mosque in southern Yemen a day after an attack on an intelligence headquarters in the southern city of Aden.
- In a speech from a balcony of Ecuador's embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange demanded that the United States end its "witch hunt" against his organization.
- A suicide bomber killed seven police officers in the Russian republic of Ingushetia.
- Prince Philip was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a bladder infection.
- An airplane crash in Sudan killed 32 people, including a Sudanese cabinet minister.
- Some workers have returned to a South African platinum mine after clashes between miners and police left dozens of people dead.
- Somalia will swear in its first formal parliament in more than two decades.
- South American foreign ministers expressed support for Ecuador over the "threat" posed to its London embassy, which is housing Julian Assange.
- Authorities in Mexico City replaced all the police officers at the capital's international airport after a deadly shooting.
- Colombian officials blamed the destruction of an oil pipeline on FARC rebels.
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