Rioters Threatened With Execution In China; Obama At G8; Google Plans OS


These Chinese soldiers took a break today in Urumqi, where violence has flared between two ethnic groups. Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As the day gets started in the U.S., the Associated Press reports there's word from China that Communist Party leaders say the government "will execute those behind riot deaths in Xinjiang."

Ethnic clashes in Urumqi between Han Chinese and Muslim Uighurs have left more than 150 people dead. There were more people in the streets there today, but tensions seemed to have eased somewhat, as NPR's Anthony Kuhn reported on Morning Edition:



Also on Morning Edition, co-host Renee Montagne talked with professor Linda Benson of Oakland University in Michigan, who studies China's ethnic minorities. Benson says the Uighurs are a "very distinct people" in China who live in a part of that country that has long been contested:



Related headed from BBC News: "Troops Flood Into China Riot City".

Another story breaking this morning comes from Italy, where President Barack Obama and other world leaders have gathered for the annual Group of 8 summit. On their agenda: How best to boost the global economy; climate change; and the threats posed by the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.

But there's another thing worrying summit organizers: The threat of aftershocks in the city where the summit is being held. L'Aquila was hit by a devastating earthquake on April 6. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli filed this report for Morning Edition:



As for other stories making headlines this morning:

— CNET News — "Google Plans Chrome-Based Wed Operating System": "That Google operating system rumor is coming true — and it's based on Google's browser, Chrome. The company announced Google Chrome OS on its blog Tuesday night, saying lower-end PCs called Netbooks from unnamed manufacturers will include it in the second half of 2010. Linux will run under the covers of the open-source project, but the applications will run on the Web itself. In other words, Google's cloud-computing ambitions just got a lot bigger."

Related — From the Google blog post: "We're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be."

PC World — "Cyber Attack Hits South Korean Website;" Follows Attacks In U.S.: "A number of South Korean government Web sites were inaccessible on Wednesday, apparently taken offline by a large cyber-attack that had earlier hit U.S. government sites. The website for South Korea's president, the Blue House, and those for the National Assembly and Ministry of National Defense were all offline at Wednesday lunchtime. Also inaccessible was the home page of the Grand National Party and the Chosun Ilbo national newspaper. ... On Tuesday security researchers in the U.S. said a botnet comprising of about 50,000 compromised PCs was responsible for a cyber-attack that had hit U.S. sites including the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Transportation, Department of the Treasury and other sites."

The Financial Times — "U.S. Brokers Mediation Over Honduras Coup": Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Tuesday "that all sides in the dispute over Honduras' recent coup had agreed to mediation, a development Washington hopes will help reduce tensions between Manuel Zelaya, the ousted president, and the country's new de facto government. Speaking after a meeting with Mr Zelaya, (Clinton) said that Oscar Arias, the president of Costa Rica, had agreed to serve as a mediator and that Roberto Micheletti, Honduras's acting president, had also accepted the move."

Related report on Morning Edition: Analyst Michael Shifter of the Inter-American Dialogue talked about the situation in Honduras.

— Reuters — Indonesian President Appears Set To Win Second Term: "President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono looked set to win a second term on Wednesday as provisional election results showed there would be no need for a run-off vote, opening the way for a period of quickening reform. ... The election, only the second direct vote for a president in Indonesia, will determine the pace of reform over the next five years and cement the country's transition to democracy. ... The world's most-populous Muslim nation is hardly problem-free: corruption is widespread, infrastructure is in dire need of an overhaul and millions live in poverty."



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