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Gu Kailai (second left), the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, is escorted into the Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Hefei on Thursday. According to testimony Thursday in the murder trial, Gu lured British businessman Neil Heywood (left) to a hotel in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, where she got him drunk and fed him poison. (Associated Press)

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