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Former Chinese Official: ‘VP had swimming injury’

September 18th, 2012
05:18 PM ET

By Samuel Burke

Xi Jinping, the Chinese president-in-waiting, mysteriously disappeared for two weeks because of a back injury suffered while swimming, according to Tung Chee Hwa, the former Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

“He hurt himself in sport and he’s now recovered and he’s now back at work,” Tung said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Tuesday.

Tung says he considered the media coverage to be mere speculation.

“In China the health of senior leaders is not a public issue. I suppose as time goes on, as China becomes more and more open and is also a part of the world, all these things will eventually change,” Tung said.

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Russian socialite on the million dollars found in her apartment

September 18th, 2012
03:10 PM ET

Kseniya Sobchak -dubbed Russia's Paris Hilton- tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the more than million dollars found in her apartment.


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Syrian TV host: 'I felt like a murderer'

September 18th, 2012
08:18 AM ET

By Samuel Burke & Ken Olshansky, CNN

For a year and a half Syrians have been watching state television and been hearing there's no uprising in their country.

They've been told that the violence is a terrorist conspiracy against their leader, Bashar al-Assad.

Many of those reports came from anchorwoman Ola Abbas, who for years was a familiar face and voice in the Syrian media, controlled by the government.

Then this summer, Abbas posted a message on YouTube:

"My dear people of Syria: Since the regime unleashed its first attack against this land, we have been one. And we share the same dreams of a free, fair and independent Syria. Liberate yourselves from the oppression and victimization."

And with that, Ola Abbas quit the regime and joined the revolution. She says she had enough of the lies and the bloodshed.  FULL POST