In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands before the Shandong Provincial Higher People's Court. The court upheld Bo's conviction and life sentence for corruption and abuse of power. Xie Huanchi/AP hide caption

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A firefighter hoses down the flames in a backburn at Faulconbridge in Australia's Blue Mountains on Tuesday. The inferno is one of the stories making headlines around the world. William West/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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