The Chinese ruling Communist Party said Tuesday that it plans to let markets play a “decisive” role in allocating resources as part of a significant economic overhaul, marking a shift from past statements that described a “basic” role for the markets in the country’s tightly-regulated economy.
The pledge for economic and overall reforms by 2020 was announced in a statement released by state media after a four-day closed-door meeting of the party’s Central Committee, comprising some 200 central and provincial officials.
The announcement is expected to spur state agencies toward reforms that will reduce the role of the government in the world’s second-largest economy, Reuters reports. It’s the first such policy blueprint issued under Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who took office last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The statement was light on specifics — a more fleshed-out document is expected in the coming days — but…
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The young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai was the star of the show at Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year” awards on Monday night.
Malala, the 16-year-old girl who came to the world’s attention last year after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for criticizing its restrictions on girls’ education, spoke about the power of education to uplift people, the Associated Press reports.
“I believe the gun has no power because a gun can only kill,” she said at the event in New York. “But a pen can give life.”
Fellow honoree Lady Gaga, who is featured on this months Glamour cover, said, “If I could forfeit my Glamour cover I would give it to Malala.”
That’s the most famous of the 486 frames in Abraham Zapruder’s 26-second film of JFK’s assassination. The frame where the President’s head explodes in a fountain of red gore.
I saw it for the first time this month when I began editing a video about how LIFE magazine acquired the footage the day after the shooting. When the image hit the screen, my entire body shuddered in a visceral “No.” My hands shot up to cover it. I had no idea it was going to be so brutal—or that in making this video, I’d have to watch that moment over and over.
When LIFE magazine first published the film as a series of black-and-white still images, editors left out Frame 313 out of respect for the grieving Kennedy family. Most Americans didn’t see the actual film until ABC aired the full footage more than a decade later, in…
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NSA leaker Edward Snowden has burned through his savings and is almost out of money, according to his lawyer.
“The savings he had, he has almost entirely spent on food, rent, security and so on,” Anatoly Kucherena told the Russian newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta in an interview published on Tuesday, UPI reports.
Snowden, the former NSA contractor, has depended on financial assistance from “some organizations and enterprising citizens” Kucherena said.
The American fugitive, who revealed troves of classified information as he fled the country in May and is now living under temporary asylum in Russia, reportedly started at a job at an unnamed Russian website earlier this month.
Just in case a year of violent outbreaks and government inertia wasn’t enough to get you down on 2013, here comes the Global Language Monitor to knock you down another peg or two.
The GLM releases an annual list of the most popular English words. This year, the two top words were “404,” the official error code of the internet, and “fail” because we apparently all speak like 4chan users now.
Number three was “hashtag.”
I feel pretty comfortable giving us all the go ahead to just start drinking now until it’s 2014.