Stadium death sentences: The son also rises:
Delhi Lufeng, China
Thousands of people flocked to a stadium in southern China last weekend to watch ten criminals be sentenced to death. Public sentencing outside of courtrooms was banned in China in 1988, but the rule has been occasionally flouted. This was the second such display in recent months in Lufeng, a city in Guangdong province that is overrun by drug crime. The crowd, which included students in school uniforms, watched the group being sentenced and carted off for execution.
Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the political dynasty that dominated India for much of the past 70 years, has taken over as president of the Congress Party, succeeding his mother, Sonia. Rahul, 47, is the sixth member of the Nehru-gandhi family to lead Congress. His father Rajiv, grandmother Indira and great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru all served as PM. In his acceptance speech, Rahul accused the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP of taking India back “to a medieval path” of religious sectarianism. Congress is currently the main opposition party.