Sta­dium death sen­tences: The son also rises:

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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.

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