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China fires corruption probe boss

The Communist Party in China has fired the head of a body that oversees major state-owned companies and who is being investigated for corruption probably linked to the country's biggest oil company.

Xinhua News Agency said the party has dismissed Jiang Jiemin from his positions as director and deputy party chief of the Cabinet's commission that runs state companies.

Mr Jiang was formerly chairman of the state-run China National Petroleum Corporation, which has been the target of a sweeping corruption probe that has netted four top executives in recent days.

News reports also say China's top leaders have taken the unusual step of endorsing a corruption investigation into Zhou Yongkang, a former security tsar and CNPC general manager.

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