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China's ruling Communist Party said Tuesday it has launched an investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang -- one of its most powerful figures -- in a bold move in the country's deepening anti-corruption crackdown. With the official announcement of the long-rumoured probe, Zhou becomes the most senior member of the Communist Party to be investigated since the infamous Gang of Four -- a faction that included the widow of founding leader Mao Zedong -- were put on trial in 1980. An official statement said Zhou, who retired from China's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) in 2012, is under investigation for "serious disciplinary violation" -- a term usually used to refer to corruption.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy with deeper cuts to nuclear arsenals.