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SHANGHAI — Former Shanghai leader Chen Liangyu was expelled from China’s ruling Communist Party and dismissed from all government posts over the city’s pension fund scandal, state television reported yesterday.

Mr. Chen was branded “morally decadent” and a “philanderer” in the TV report. He is in police custody.


Red Mosque gets fresh coat of paint

ISLAMABAD, — The Red Mosque, where a siege involving Islamic militants ended in a deadly commando raid two weeks ago, will reopen today with a new coat of paint — in pale yellow.

Minister for Religious Affairs Ijazul Haq yesterday led journalists on a tour through the mosque to see the repairs and announce that worshippers could return for the first time since the siege began early this month.

From wire dispatches and staff reports