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Security tight as China launches Olympic torch relay

Nick Mulvenney

China's president and the country's top athlete launched the Beijing Olympics torch relay on Monday amid cheering, dancing and tight security, marking the symbolic start to a Games overshadowed by activism and unrest in Tibet. Chinese President Hu Jintao lit a cauldron on a red-carpeted rostrum on Tiananmen Square before handing the torch to World and Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang.

China names premier, top judge and prosecutor

Staff Reporter

China's Parliament re-elected Wen Jiabao as premier on Sunday, but a next-generation leader was passed over for promotion to a top military job. The rubber-stamp National People's Congress gave Wen, ranked third in the Communist Party hierarchy, a second five-year mandate with 2926 votes for, 21 against and 12 abstentions.

China's vice-president loses post in party reshuffle

Staff Reporter

Chinese President Hu Jintao's most powerful rival in the politburo has been pushed into retirement in a reshuffle of the communist party's inner sanctum. Zeng Qinghong, the Vice-President, was among three of the party's most senior cadres who lost their places on the new central committee unveiled on Sunday.