From stashes of gold to a ‘pistol-shaped house’: Chinese document details depths of officials’ corruption

South China Morning Post

By Li Jing, South China Morning Post | Politics | Business Insider

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liu-tienan-1Former National Energy Administration head Liu Tienan, centre, stands trial in the Langfang Intermediate People’s Court last year.

Former general Gu Junshan allegedly embezzled more than 20 billion yuan (HK$25 billion) in public money, according to a document containing details of several recent corruption cases.… Read more

World’s grandest abandoned hotels [13/20]

Abandoned hotels

Inside a hotel in Germany. (Thomas Windisch/Caters News)  

Grand banqueting halls, opulent lobbies and vast ballrooms; you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was a collection of photographs was documenting some of Europe’s grandest hotels. However, a closer look will reveal the majestic rooms to be engulfed in swathes of dust and moss; hotels that once hosted royals and high society abandoned to the elements.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping sounds a lot like Putin in his New Yorker profile [The Xi series, Part 1]

Business Insider  By Linette Lopez <Original Source>

Chinese_President_Xi_Jinping_sounds-3e23d38ef384bd2008fa1993caebfedc(REUTERS/Carlos Barria)Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping review an honour guard contingent during a welcoming ceremony at the Xijiao State Guesthouse ahead of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit, in Shanghai May 20, 2014.Read more

World’s grandest abandoned hotels [12/20]

Abandoned hotels

Inside a hotel in Slovenia. (Thomas Windisch/Caters News)  

Grand banqueting halls, opulent lobbies and vast ballrooms; you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was a collection of photographs was documenting some of Europe’s grandest hotels. However, a closer look will reveal the majestic rooms to be engulfed in swathes of dust and moss; hotels that once hosted royals and high society abandoned to the elements.

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