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Austria Struggles to Identify Migrants’ Bodies

Veteran police investigators say they have never faced a task like identifying the 71 bodies of would-be refugees unloaded from the back of a truck found abandoned along a highway last week.

Chinese Navy Ships Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast

Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area. 342

Obama Locks in Votes to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama locked in enough support in Congress to ensure he can overcome bipartisan opposition and implement a landmark nuclear accord with Iran. 1406

Why Americans Are Going Abroad for an M.B.A.

Propelled in part by a strong U.S. dollar, more U.S. students are heading across the pond for a business degree.

Tsipras Moves Greece Past Austerity Debate

Greeks can now have a conventional political debate on the choices needed to hit its bailout targets.

Brooks to Lead News Corp’s U.K. Arm

News Corp said Rebekah Brooks will become CEO of its News UK arm, returning to the post she resigned in 2011 amid the phone-hacking scandal at now-defunct tabloid the News of the World.

Masked Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

Identities of gunmen in early-morning raid on sports stadium weren’t immediately known, as Turks in Iraq seized for a second time in the past year.

Huawei Rings in Changes to Challenge Samsung

For years, Samsung Electronics has been the world’s smartphone leader, but its global dominance appears to be increasingly under attack from fast-growing Chinese rival Huawei Technologies.

Volkswagen Extends CEO Martin Winterkorn’s Contract

German car maker Volkswagen said it would extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn through 2018, ending speculation that he could step down as CEO and become chairman.

Tesco Closer to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

U.K. retailer Tesco has chosen Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners as the preferred bidder to buy its South Korea retail operations in a deal that could be worth up to $7 billion.

Shell, Exxon Must Pay Groningen Quake Compensation

A Dutch court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil must compensate homeowners for a drop in house prices caused by earthquakes linked to production at the Groningen gas field.

Elves, Ninjas, Currency Power Lego Earnings

Lego said its 31% jump in first-half profit and 23% rise in revenue was fueled by strong sales of its Ninjago and Elves sets, but also by the weakness of the Danish krone and the euro.

Malaysian Fund 1MDB Has Tens of Millions of Dollars Frozen

Swiss authorities said they had frozen funds worth tens of millions of dollars linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.

The Moment When Humans Matter

A string of messy market openings in recent weeks has reinvigorated a debate about ‘Rule 48’ and the relative effectiveness of humans in the stock trade.

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Slumping Commodities Force Glencore to Make a Tough Trade

Glencore is under fire because of its high debt levels relative to mining peers. It can free up cash in its trading business, but that raises the risk of denting its earnings power.

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Small U.K. Banks Show Big Rivals How To Travel Light

Picture a life without the baggage of the past. In the U.K., smaller banks are showing established rivals how that could be.

At Least 22 Killed in Suicide Bombings at Mosque in Yemen

A pair of suicide bombings killed a least 22 people Wednesday at a mosque in San’a, just hours after a gunman killed two Red Cross workers.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

Iran has reached a historic agreement with major world powers over its nuclear program. Here are the main points of the pact, and what supporters and critics are saying.

Police: Main Bangkok Bombing Suspect Is Uighur

A senior Thai police investigator said for the first time that the main suspect in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine last month is believed to be a member of China’s Uighur ethnic minority.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

Bush Takes Gloves Off, Attacks Trump Directly

After weeks of enduring rival Donald Trump’s attacks, Jeb Bush released an Internet video aimed at trying to muscle his way back to the front of the pack and undermine the celebrity businessman’s fitness to be the GOP standard-bearer. 450

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser Blumenthal

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 185

Joe Biden’s Florida Trip Draws Campaign-Level Attention

Vice President Joe Biden received full-court national attention for an otherwise routine visit to Miami Dade College on Wednesday, with dozens of television cameras, photographers and reporters there to cover his roughly 30 minutes of remarks.

Search Continues for Three Suspects After Illinois Policeman Killed

As a small northern Illinois community mourned a popular veteran police officer who was fatally shot while on duty, authorities scoured the area overnight in search of three men wanted in his slaying. 58

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes. 54

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Ein Faible für Cognac

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Eine Flasche Clos du Griffier cognac von 1788, dem Jahr vor der französischen Revolution.

China und der US-amerikanische Rapper Kanye West haben eines gemeinsam: Sie lieben Cognac.

Die Chinesen sind von dem französischen Weinbrand so begeistert, dass sie in etwa vier Jahren zu den eifrigsten Konsumenten werden dürften, so eine aktuelle Studie der International Wine & Spirits Research im Auftrag der Weinhandelsgrup

pe Vinexpo. Schon jetzt ist China hinter den USA auf dem zweiten Platz und trocknet die weltweiten Vorräte langsam aus.

Im Reich der Mitte ist Cognac ein Statussymbol. Geschäftspartner verschenken ihn untereinander, und er wird bei Unternehmensveranstaltungen ebenso wie bei Familienfeiern gerne ausgeschenkt.

Vergangene Woche hieß es vom Schnapsbrenner Pernod Ricard, dass seine Cognac-Marke Martell dank der chinesischen Nachfrage stark wachse. Im zweiten Halbjahr 2011 wurde 28 Prozent mehr Martell verkauft als im Vorjahreszeitraum. Keine andere Marke des Unternehmens wächst schneller. Anfang des Jahres gab Remy Cointreau bekannt, dass der Verkauf der Marke Remy Martin in den neun Monaten bis Dezember 37 Prozent gestiegen sei. Wie Pernod erklärte auch Remy, dass die starke Nachfrage aus China der wichtigste Wachstumstreiber sei.

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US-Rapper Kanye West kann sogar auf dem roten Teppich nicht auf seinen Cognac verzichten.

Die Chinesen sind vom Cognac so besessen, dass sie auch den teuersten und seltensten Varianten hinterherjagen. Im September gab eine Frau aus Hongkong bei einer Auktion in Schanghai mehr als 150.000 Dollar für eine Flasche Cognac Croizet aus dem Jahr 1858 aus – ein Weltrekord.

Vergangenes Jahr kündigten die vier größten Cognac-Hersteller an, sie wollten auch Absatzmärkte außerhalb Chinas erschließen. Hennessy, Martin, Martell und Courvoisier stellen etwa 97 Prozent des gesamten von Frankreich exportierten Cognacs her. Remy liefert die Hälfte der Produktion nach Asien, wovon drei Viertel allein nach China gehen.

Die Spirituosenkonzerne erwarten allerdings, dass die Geschmäcker sich bald wieder ändern könnten. Einige glauben, dass guter Whiskey zum nächsten Trend wird und den Cognac ablöst. Gilbert Ghostine, Leiter des Asien-Pazifik-Geschäfts beim Getränkehersteller Diageo, sagte vergangene Woche, das Unternehmen verkaufe seine Scotch-Marken Windsor und Singleton besonders aggressiv, um die Konsumenten vom Cognac wegzulocken.

Doch selbst wenn die Chinesen anstatt des Cognacs bald dem Whisky verfallen, dürfte die Nachfrage trotzdem stark bleiben. Vinexpo erwartet, dass sie bis 2015 rund 3,3 Millionen Kisten Cognac trinken werden. Derzeit liegt die jährliche Produktion bei zwölf Millionen Kisten und dürfte kaum sehr viel weiter wachsen. Cognac-Fans wie Hip-Hop-Star Kanye West werden in Zukunft daher wohl etwas mehr für ihr Lieblingsgetränk ausgeben müssen.

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Austria Struggles to Identify Migrants’ Bodies

Veteran police investigators say they have never faced a task like identifying the 71 bodies of would-be refugees unloaded from the back of a truck found abandoned along a highway last week.

Chinese Navy Ships Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast

Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area. 342

Obama Locks in Votes to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama locked in enough support in Congress to ensure he can overcome bipartisan opposition and implement a landmark nuclear accord with Iran. 1406

Why Americans Are Going Abroad for an M.B.A.

Propelled in part by a strong U.S. dollar, more U.S. students are heading across the pond for a business degree.

Tsipras Moves Greece Past Austerity Debate

Greeks can now have a conventional political debate on the choices needed to hit its bailout targets.

Brooks to Lead News Corp’s U.K. Arm

News Corp said Rebekah Brooks will become CEO of its News UK arm, returning to the post she resigned in 2011 amid the phone-hacking scandal at now-defunct tabloid the News of the World.

Masked Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

Identities of gunmen in early-morning raid on sports stadium weren’t immediately known, as Turks in Iraq seized for a second time in the past year.

Huawei Rings in Changes to Challenge Samsung

For years, Samsung Electronics has been the world’s smartphone leader, but its global dominance appears to be increasingly under attack from fast-growing Chinese rival Huawei Technologies.

Volkswagen Extends CEO Martin Winterkorn’s Contract

German car maker Volkswagen said it would extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn through 2018, ending speculation that he could step down as CEO and become chairman.

Tesco Closer to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

U.K. retailer Tesco has chosen Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners as the preferred bidder to buy its South Korea retail operations in a deal that could be worth up to $7 billion.

Shell, Exxon Must Pay Groningen Quake Compensation

A Dutch court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil must compensate homeowners for a drop in house prices caused by earthquakes linked to production at the Groningen gas field.

Elves, Ninjas, Currency Power Lego Earnings

Lego said its 31% jump in first-half profit and 23% rise in revenue was fueled by strong sales of its Ninjago and Elves sets, but also by the weakness of the Danish krone and the euro.

Malaysian Fund 1MDB Has Tens of Millions of Dollars Frozen

Swiss authorities said they had frozen funds worth tens of millions of dollars linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.

The Moment When Humans Matter

A string of messy market openings in recent weeks has reinvigorated a debate about ‘Rule 48’ and the relative effectiveness of humans in the stock trade.

Heard on the Street

Slumping Commodities Force Glencore to Make a Tough Trade

Glencore is under fire because of its high debt levels relative to mining peers. It can free up cash in its trading business, but that raises the risk of denting its earnings power.

Heard on the Street

Small U.K. Banks Show Big Rivals How To Travel Light

Picture a life without the baggage of the past. In the U.K., smaller banks are showing established rivals how that could be.

At Least 22 Killed in Suicide Bombings at Mosque in Yemen

A pair of suicide bombings killed a least 22 people Wednesday at a mosque in San’a, just hours after a gunman killed two Red Cross workers.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

Iran has reached a historic agreement with major world powers over its nuclear program. Here are the main points of the pact, and what supporters and critics are saying.

Police: Main Bangkok Bombing Suspect Is Uighur

A senior Thai police investigator said for the first time that the main suspect in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine last month is believed to be a member of China’s Uighur ethnic minority.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

Bush Takes Gloves Off, Attacks Trump Directly

After weeks of enduring rival Donald Trump’s attacks, Jeb Bush released an Internet video aimed at trying to muscle his way back to the front of the pack and undermine the celebrity businessman’s fitness to be the GOP standard-bearer. 450

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser Blumenthal

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 185

Joe Biden’s Florida Trip Draws Campaign-Level Attention

Vice President Joe Biden received full-court national attention for an otherwise routine visit to Miami Dade College on Wednesday, with dozens of television cameras, photographers and reporters there to cover his roughly 30 minutes of remarks.

Search Continues for Three Suspects After Illinois Policeman Killed

As a small northern Illinois community mourned a popular veteran police officer who was fatally shot while on duty, authorities scoured the area overnight in search of three men wanted in his slaying. 58

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes. 54

Video

Hungarian Police Struggle to Control Migrants

2:02

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

3:34

Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

1:41