Libya experiences a peaceful transition, new details emerge in a high-profile trial in China, Mitt Romney goes after Obamacare, and Tim Pawlenty campaigns for VP. Meanwhile, the PGA Championship begins at Kiawah Island and Oscar Pistorius will race in the 4×400 relay final.
Wife of disgraced Chinese politician doesn’t contest murder charge in British man’s death, http://wapo.st/S4vfTD
Testimony revealed that the wife of Chinese politician Bo Xilai lured British businessman Neil Heywood into a hotel in Chongqing, where she got him drunk and then poisoned him. Bo’s wife Gu Kailai was a business associate of Heywood and allegedly became upset with him after a dispute over economic interests arose.
Libya’s transitional council hands over power, http://bit.ly/QGMGfK
In the first peaceful government transition since 1969, Libya’s National Transitional Council handed over power to the democratically elected General National Congress on Wednesday. The transition marks the anniversary of the start of the liberation of Tripoli. The transition was matched with cheers and smiles from the national and international community.
Syria conflict: Aleppo districts “under fresh assault,” http://bbc.in/PGus9s
As Iran prepares to host an international meeting on the Syrian crisis, the Syrian government picked up the fighting in Aleppo and forced the rebels to retreat from various parts of the city. Iran has backed Assad’s regime and there is skepticism about their role as a moderator.
Scientists: Crater where Mars rover touched down looks like Earth, feels “comfortable,” http://wapo.st/MQXiVN
Scientists say that the Gale Crater where the rover Curiosity touched down looks like the Mojave Desert in California. Curiosity gathered dust in its landing, but that is not a concern of scientists. The rocket that allowed Curiosity to touch down created scour marks on the surface, which scientists say are good because it has exposed bedrock.
TRENDING: Portman: “I think I’ll end up being” in the Senate, http://bit.ly/NoPWrT
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio dampened hope that he would be Mitt Romney’s VP nominee, saying he thinks he’ll “end up staying” in the Senate. Portman indicated that Congress “needs” people like him to help deal with the “partisan gridlock.”
Romney’s short list: Pawlenty campaigns hard for ticket, http://bit.ly/NohUUv
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is actively campaigning to be Mitt Romney’s VP nominee. Experts think that Pawlenty would be a good complement to Governor Romney.
Ed Sheeran to close the Olympics, hopes to conquer states, http://bit.ly/ONOCjn
Report: Tyler Hamilton to lose gold, http://es.pn/MArhzU
Nightmares ahead for golf’s elite? http://es.pn/OMuRIV
S. Africa relay team wins appeal, http://es.pn/MAXpTT