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In laying the ground for a lenient sentence for Mr. Wang, Chinese leaders, who control the justice system, appear to have reached agreement over the thorniest issue — how to deal with Mr. Bo, said Willy Lam of Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Leaders must decide whether to expel Mr. Bo from the party and prosecute him, and differences are believed to have delayed the announcement of dates for a Communist Party congress to install the new leadership.


Truth panel to probe only dictatorship crimes

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s Truth Commission says it will only investigate human rights abuses under the country’s former dictatorship, not the crimes allegedly committed by opponents of the 1964-1985 regime.

The commission said Tuesday on its website that it has been told to investigate only the torture, murder and forced disappearances carried out by government agents of people opposed to the dictatorship.

Retired Adm. Ricardo Antonio da Veiga Cabral said the commission’s decision will result in an “unfinished, one-side investigation in which only half the truth will be known.”

He said “crimes were committed by both sides, so both sides must be investigated.”

Retired officers often express the opinion of the armed forces since military personnel are prohibited by law from doing so publicly.


Security panel concerned about instability in Yemen

The U.N. Security Council expressed concern Tuesday over a campaign to “undermine” Yemen’s interim government and a widening humanitarian crisis in the country.

The 15-nation panel discussed Yemen as tens of thousands of people staged protests in Sanaa to demand an end to immunity for ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The country also has been rocked by attacks from al Qaeda and other militant groups against government officials.

The Security Council and the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, expressed support for President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi and concern at “ongoing attempts to undermine the transition process,” said Peter Wittig, Germany’s U.N. ambassador and council president for September.

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