China's all-powerful Xi has no heir apparent
New members of the Politburo Standing Committee — from left: Han Zheng, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Wang Yang and Zhao Leji. Photo: Ng Han Guan / AP
China revealed its Politburo Standing Committee, China's most powerful body, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping. All members are ages 60 to 67.
Why it matters, via BBC: "The omission cements Mr Xi's grip on China for the next five years and possibly beyond, a day after his name was written into the constitution."