Former senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai

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In this photo released by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, Bo Xilai, center, who was tried last month on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power, stands inside the court in Jinan, in eastern China's Shandong province, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The Chinese court convicted the fallen politician of corruption and sentenced him to life in prison. (AP Photo/Jinan Intermediate People's Court)

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A court in eastern China on Wednesday allowed ousted former senior politician Bo Xilai to appeal against a guilty verdict on charges of corruption and abuse of power handed out last month which earned him a life sentence.

Bo was a rising star in China's leadership circles and cultivated a loyal following through his charisma and populist, quasi-Maoist policies, especially among those left out in the cold by China's anything-for-growth economic policies. (Reuters)

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