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The economic backdrop to China's terrorist attacks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 04:19

Chinese officials are calling it a terrorist attack. Early this morning in the western city of Urumqi, 31 people were killed and at least 90 others injured when vehicles plowed into a crowded market and then exploded. It’s the latest in a series of attacks in China. In March, a knife attack by a group of men killed dozens in Southwest China, and just a few weeks ago, a bombing and knife attack at a train station in Urumqi, injured dozens more. China’s government have blamed the previous attacks on Uighur separatists -- Uighurs are an ethnic Muslim minority who live in China’s vast Northwest region of Xinjiang, a Chinese province roughly the size of Alaska that borders Central Asia. China has so far not blamed any particular group for today’s attack.

#Xinjiang blast: Police cordoned off the scene after the explosion that has killed unknown number of people on May 22 pic.twitter.com/lZQRIAOC8C

— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) May 22, 2014

Today’s attack comes a week after the trial runs for a line that will connect Xinjiang with the rest of China by high-speed rail for the first time. In the past, Xinjiang was always considered very far away from the rest of China -- parts of it are closer to Baghdad than they are to Beijing and the people who live their have Caucasian facial features, many Uighurs don’t speak Chinese. But now a new train will reduce what was a trip that took days into hours, and that underscores China’s political control over this region, extending to economic control. Historically, Uighurs have always been businessmen -- this is the home to the ancient silk route. But these days, many Uighurs are frustrated because they feel they’ve lost a lot of economic decision-making power over their homeland to people they consider outsiders from Eastern China who now dominate government and business there.

Terrorist attack kills at least 31, injures 94 at Urumqi market http://t.co/f7G9RxXCQp

— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) May 22, 2014

 

VIDEO: 'This is quite possibly start of coup'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 04:17
The BBC's Jonah Fisher reporting in Bangkok on talks aimed at resolving Thailand's political crisis, describes the scene as it becomes apparent a coup was imminent.

Day in pictures: 22 May 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 04:07
News photos from past 24 hours: 22 May

N Korea 'shells near South warship'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 04:06
North Korea fires shells into disputed waters near a South Korean warship, South Korean military officials tell media.

VIDEO: The men wearing the hijab in Iran

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 04:00
Iran's hijab debate takes an unusual twist

Sharp fall in early GCSE entries

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:58
The number of early entries for GCSE exams in England has fallen by 40% after changes to how league tables measure results.

Harris 'said teen liked his groping'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:57
Rolf Harris told the mother of a teenage girl he groped in Australia that "she liked it", Southwark Crown Court hears.

Ferrari back Alonso after criticism

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:56
Ferrari describe Fernando Alonso as "the best in the world" after he said he felt a lack of support from his "closest friends".

Coup In Thailand: Military Seizes Control Of Country

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:53

Two days after declaring martial law — and saying it wasn't staging a coup — the military has changed its mind, Thailand's army chief says.

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The most prolific video game voice actress ever

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:49

Jennifer Hale holds the Guinness World Record for most prolific video game voice actress. 

Check out the audio above to hear more on her career, her favorite sound effects while "dying," and how the industry has changed for female gamers.

Hale decided to lend her multiple voices to Marketplace Tech. Check out these three "characters" she brought into the studio:

The most prolific video game voice actress ever

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:49

Jennifer Hale holds the Guinness World Record for most prolific video game voice actress. 

Check out the audio above to hear more on her career, her favorite sound effects while "dying," and how the industry has changed for female gamers.

Hale decided to lend her multiple voices to Marketplace Tech. Check out these three "characters" she brought into the studio:

VIDEO: Ryan Gosling's directing debut

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:44
Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling talks about his directing debut which stars former Dr Who actor, Matt Smith

Best Buy's website is trying to take on Amazon

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:42

Best Buy announces its first quarter earnings Thursday. 

The retailer has struggled to compete online against companies like Amazon and Overstock.com, which matters more as more people shop online.

The University of Washington's Jake Thornock said traditional retailers like Best Buy are trying to take back what they’ve lost from e-tail companies.

“What we’re seeing at a higher level is unfettered competition in the retail space,” he said.

“There was this sort of fragmented perception that consumers would always go towards an online only company if they wanted to make an online purchase.”

But Ravi Bapna, who teaches information systems at the University of Minnesota, said it’s tough to compete against a digitally sophisticated company like Amazon.

“Best Buy being a traditional company, I don’t think it has that sort of mindset or that sort of infrastructure digitally to be at that level of sophistication right now,” he said.

Best Buy's website is trying to take on Amazon

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:42

Best Buy announces its first quarter earnings Thursday. 

The retailer has struggled to compete online against companies like Amazon and Overstock.com, which matters more as more people shop online.

The University of Washington's Jake Thornock said traditional retailers like Best Buy are trying to take back what they’ve lost from e-tail companies.

“What we’re seeing at a higher level is unfettered competition in the retail space,” he said.

“There was this sort of fragmented perception that consumers would always go towards an online only company if they wanted to make an online purchase.”

But Ravi Bapna, who teaches information systems at the University of Minnesota, said it’s tough to compete against a digitally sophisticated company like Amazon.

“Best Buy being a traditional company, I don’t think it has that sort of mindset or that sort of infrastructure digitally to be at that level of sophistication right now,” he said.

Book News: Sam Greenlee, Author Of 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door,' Dies

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:33

Also: Philip Roth schedules another interview; Neil Patrick Harris' autobiography.

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Caption Challenge: Puzzled primate

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:28
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Man Utd 'need six' to challenge

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:24
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes wants the club to sign Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos to boost their title hopes.

Facebook announces listening feature

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:22
Facebook is to release a new feature on its mobile app that will listen to and identify your music and TV shows before publishing them in a status update.

Police bid to seize terrorist's home

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:22
A court hearing begins to decide if police can seize the family home of a man convicted of terrorism offences.

Anger over eBay hack delays

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:19
A day after a major security breach, online marketplace eBay is facing questions over how it has dealt with the incident.
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