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ECB Willing to Expand Stimulus Amid Growth Worry

ECB President Mario Draghi indicated that the bank stands ready to expand its stimulus programs and projected slower-than-expected economic growth in the eurozone, as well as lower inflation rates.

Stocks Pare Gains Ahead of U.S. Jobs Data

U.S. stocks’ gains receded despite a strong rally in Europe, as investors focused on coming U.S. employment data.

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

Photos of a Syrian boy whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach horrified people around the world as Europe’s migrant crisis escalates.

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose family’s efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 376

Hungary’s Leader Says Migrant Crisis Is Germany’s Problem

Hundreds of migrants rushed trains at Hungary’s main station as Prime Minister Viktor Orban blamed Germany for Europe’s migration crisis and warned that border-free travel within the bloc is at risk. 152

Syrians Take Arctic Route to Europe

More than 150 refugees have entered Norway from Arctic Russia this year—a fraction of the estimated half-million people who have sought asylum in Europe, but the flow is quickening as Syrians share the tip for a cheaper and safer route.

Former Saab Board Members Hit With Forgery Charges

Former CEO Jan-Ake Jonsson and head lawyer Kristina Geers deny falsifying data to justify huge payments before car maker went bankrupt.

Vivendi Chairman Ousts Longtime Chief of Canal Plus

French billionaire and Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bolloré has ousted the longtime chief of Canal Plus, further tightening his grip over the Vivendi-owned pay-TV group amid falling subscriber numbers.

Novartis to Begin Selling Copy of Amgen’s Neupogen in U.S.

Novartis said it will begin selling the first biosimilar drug in the U.S. at a 15% discount to the original after an appeals court denied Amgen’s request to block the Swiss drug maker’s sale of its copycat version of blockbuster remedy Neupogen.

Syngenta Moves to Calm Disappointed Shareholders

Syngenta moved to appease shareholders angered by its rejection of a takeover from Monsanto, saying it will divest its global vegetables seeds business and return more than $2 billion to shareholders.

Capital Account

For Russia, Oil Collapse Has Soviet Echoes

For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe, writes Greg Ip. 94

Devaluation Strengthens China’s Hand at IMF

Beijing’s careful management of its currency since its devaluation last month is bolstering China’s bid to get the yuan included in the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies as soon as November.

Russia Says Economy Recovery Slow in Coming

The Russian government has acknowledged that the country’s economy is going to take longer to recover than it previously expected, weighed down by the slump in the value of the ruble.

Sweden Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged

Sweden’s central bank has left its main interest rate and bond-buying program unchanged, saying its existing policies were supporting the economy and would lead to inflation moving closer to its 2% target.

Middle East Crossroads

Yemen’s Unity Frays in Leaderless Aden

The battles of recent months have reopened historic divisions between Yemen’s north and south, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Iran’s Khamenei Urges Lawmakers to Vote on Nuclear Deal

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged the country’s parliament to vote on whether to implement a proposed nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers.

NATO Opens Military Post in Lithuania

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization inaugurated a new command post in Lithuania, one of six across the alliance’s eastern border meant to shore up the region’s defenses against Russia.

French Government Pledges More Help for Farmers

France’s government has pledged to increase aid for agriculture, after thousands of farmers converged on Paris and blocked the city’s streets with more than 1,500 tractors to protest against high costs and low prices.

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Not Far From Prague, a Czech Village Worth Rhapsodizing About

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Krom River Closes Commodity Hedge Fund

Commodity hedge fund Krom River, which managed around $1 billion at its peak, is returning money to investors as it plans a shift in focus following a tough period for commodities funds.

Foreign Firms Feel China’s Chill

Market turmoil and Beijing’s crackdown on brokers and investors is complicating the plans of foreign funds and investment banks that had bet on bigger business in China.

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Manolo Blahnik on Old Films and Kate Moss

The shoe designer on what he’d blow his money on, the drama behind Kate Moss’s wedding shoes and exactly how he feels about fake Manolos.

A Modigliani Painting for $100 Million?

Christie’s International said it expects to ask roughly $100 million for a Modigliani nude that will be auctioned this fall, a bold reflection of how prices for blue-chip paintings have skyrocketed in recent seasons.

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Die Fernsehserie „The Big Bang Theory“ ist ein Phänomen. Überall auf der Welt erfreut sich die Sendung großer Beliebtheit – in allen Altersgruppen und bei Frauen wie Männern. Dabei ist die Handlung vollkommen untypisch: Ein paar Wissenschaftler hocken in einem Wohnzimmer herum und tun das, was Nerds laut allgemeinem Verständnis halt so tun: Comic-Hefte lesen, mit Laserschwertern kämpfen, mathematische Gleichungen lösen und sich in fremde Computer hacken. Klingt wenig spektakulär, ist aber ein Hit.

Um ein wenig Würze in die Sache zu bringen, haben die Macher nämlich auch noch ein paar Frauen in die Handlung hineingeschrieben. Da gibt es die hübsche blonde Nachbarin, die seltsamen Laborpartnerinnen und die Schwester des Freundes aus Indien, die manchmal zu Besuch kommt. Trotz all der offensichtlichen Hürden entstehen im Verlauf der Sendung geschlechterübergreifende Verbindungen, die auch über größere Entfernungen (USA-Indien oder Weltraum-USA.) anhalten. Doch wie das mit Fernbeziehungen so ist, die körperliche Nähe bleibt auf der Strecke. Und da hilft auch kein Video-Chat.

Um das Problem zu lösen, „erfindet“ einer der Wissenschaftler daher einen Kopf mit Mund und Zunge – in zweifacher Ausfertigung. Per Internet miteinander verbunden, soll ein Pärchen damit auch über größere Distanzen hinweg Küsse austauschen können. Um die Theorie in die Praxis zu überführen, wird die Apparatur auch gleich getestet.

Was auf dem Bildschirm nach einer Schnapsidee aussieht, scheint in Wirklichkeit gar nicht so weit hergeholt zu sein. Informatiker der Universität Helsinki und Forscher des Nokia Research Center in Finnland haben jetzt nämlich einen Handyprototypen entwickelt, mit dem man seinen Telefonpartner berühren können soll.

Möglich machen sollen das sogenannte Pressages. Drückt einer der Besitzer während des Telefonats einen eingebauten Sensor, dann vibriert das Gerät des Gesprächspartners. Das Ziel der Wissenschaftler: Sie wollen Berührungen am Telefon nachahmen und die rein verbale Kommunikation um einen haptischen Faktor erweitern.

Drei Pärchen in einer Fernbeziehung haben die Technik ausprobiert. Einen Monat lang schickten sie sich Pressages zu, um ihre Zuneigung zu zeigen oder den Partner zum Lachen zu bringen, schreibt NewScientist. Anscheinend mit Erfolg. Ein Teilnehmer berichtet, die Technik half dabei, sich ein wenig besser auszudrücken.

Vom „knuddelbaren“ Handy, wie NewScientist schreibt, zum ferngesteuerten Kussmund ist es zwar noch ein weiter Weg. Doch in einer Zeit, in der Fernbeziehungen längst keine Seltenheit mehr sind, muss man eben erfinderisch sein und die Möglichkeiten der modernen Technik ausreizen so gut es eben geht.

Das ersetzt zwar längst nicht den persönlichen, den echten, den hautnahen Kontakt. Doch vielleicht ist mit Pressages ja ein erster Anfang gemacht. Und so lange die Wissenschaftler der Big Bang Theory noch keine Lösung dafür gefunden haben, sich per Teleportation innerhalb weniger Sekunden von einem Ort zum anderen zu beamen, so lange müssen wir eben unsere Handys „knuddeln“.

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ECB Willing to Expand Stimulus Amid Growth Worry

ECB President Mario Draghi indicated that the bank stands ready to expand its stimulus programs and projected slower-than-expected economic growth in the eurozone, as well as lower inflation rates.

Stocks Pare Gains Ahead of U.S. Jobs Data

U.S. stocks’ gains receded despite a strong rally in Europe, as investors focused on coming U.S. employment data.

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

Photos of a Syrian boy whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach horrified people around the world as Europe’s migrant crisis escalates.

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose family’s efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 377

Hungary’s Leader Says Migrant Crisis Is Germany’s Problem

Hundreds of migrants rushed trains at Hungary’s main station as Prime Minister Viktor Orban blamed Germany for Europe’s migration crisis and warned that border-free travel within the bloc is at risk. 152

Syrians Take Arctic Route to Europe

More than 150 refugees have entered Norway from Arctic Russia this year—a fraction of the estimated half-million people who have sought asylum in Europe, but the flow is quickening as Syrians share the tip for a cheaper and safer route.

Former Saab Board Members Hit With Forgery Charges

Former CEO Jan-Ake Jonsson and head lawyer Kristina Geers deny falsifying data to justify huge payments before car maker went bankrupt.

Vivendi Chairman Ousts Longtime Chief of Canal Plus

French billionaire and Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bolloré has ousted the longtime chief of Canal Plus, further tightening his grip over the Vivendi-owned pay-TV group amid falling subscriber numbers.

Novartis to Begin Selling Copy of Amgen’s Neupogen in U.S.

Novartis said it will begin selling the first biosimilar drug in the U.S. at a 15% discount to the original after an appeals court denied Amgen’s request to block the Swiss drug maker’s sale of its copycat version of blockbuster remedy Neupogen.

Syngenta Moves to Calm Disappointed Shareholders

Syngenta moved to appease shareholders angered by its rejection of a takeover from Monsanto, saying it will divest its global vegetables seeds business and return more than $2 billion to shareholders.

Capital Account

For Russia, Oil Collapse Has Soviet Echoes

For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe, writes Greg Ip. 94

Devaluation Strengthens China’s Hand at IMF

Beijing’s careful management of its currency since its devaluation last month is bolstering China’s bid to get the yuan included in the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies as soon as November.

Russia Says Economy Recovery Slow in Coming

The Russian government has acknowledged that the country’s economy is going to take longer to recover than it previously expected, weighed down by the slump in the value of the ruble.

Sweden Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged

Sweden’s central bank has left its main interest rate and bond-buying program unchanged, saying its existing policies were supporting the economy and would lead to inflation moving closer to its 2% target.

Middle East Crossroads

Yemen’s Unity Frays in Leaderless Aden

The battles of recent months have reopened historic divisions between Yemen’s north and south, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Iran’s Khamenei Urges Lawmakers to Vote on Nuclear Deal

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged the country’s parliament to vote on whether to implement a proposed nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers.

NATO Opens Military Post in Lithuania

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization inaugurated a new command post in Lithuania, one of six across the alliance’s eastern border meant to shore up the region’s defenses against Russia.

French Government Pledges More Help for Farmers

France’s government has pledged to increase aid for agriculture, after thousands of farmers converged on Paris and blocked the city’s streets with more than 1,500 tractors to protest against high costs and low prices.

Off Duty

Adventure & Travel

Not Far From Prague, a Czech Village Worth Rhapsodizing About

The frozen-in-time town of Český Krumlov has scenery and history—and beer—that keeps travelers coming back.

Markets

Krom River Closes Commodity Hedge Fund

Commodity hedge fund Krom River, which managed around $1 billion at its peak, is returning money to investors as it plans a shift in focus following a tough period for commodities funds.

Foreign Firms Feel China’s Chill

Market turmoil and Beijing’s crackdown on brokers and investors is complicating the plans of foreign funds and investment banks that had bet on bigger business in China.

Video

Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Describes His Sorrow

1:52

Armed Police Remove Migrants From Train in Hungary

0:53

Migrant Crisis: The Schengen Agreement Explained

1:55