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EU Leaders to Hold Emergency Meeting on Migration Crisis

European Union interior and home affairs ministers will hold an emergency meeting on September 14, the Luxembourg presidency said, in a bid to step up action to handle the biggest wave of migration since World War II.

Tribunal Finds Suzuki-VW Alliance Has Terminated

An arbitrator has ruled that an alliance between Suzuki Motor and VW has been terminated and ordered the German car maker to dispose of its 19.9% stake in Suzuki.

Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

Belgian insurance company Ageas said Sunday it will sell its Hong Kong Life insurance business to Chinese asset-management firm JD Capital for €1.23 billion.

Lebanese Official Defies Calls to Resign

A top Lebanese official defied demands from thousands of protesters over the weekend to step down, providing potential fuel for a growing antigovernment movement that is coalesced around uncollected trash.

Financially Strapped Greece Struggles With a Flood of Refugees

On the island of Lesbos, volunteers shore up efforts to house and feed tens of thousands of migrants.

Eni Reports Natural Gas Discovery off Egypt

Eni SpA said it made a massive natural-gas discovery off the coast of Egypt in what the Italian oil-and-gas company is calling the largest ever find in the Mediterranean Sea.

Fed’s Fischer: ‘Good Reason’ to Think U.S. Inflation Will Move Higher

The Fed‘s Stanley Fischer said there is “good reason” to think sluggish U.S. inflation will firm and move back toward the U.S. central bank’s 2% annual target, touching on a significant assessment facing the Fed ahead of its September policy meeting. 91

Malaysia Protesters Face Uphill Battle to Dislodge Najib

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Malaysia’s capital over the weekend to rally against Prime Minister Najib Razak, but analysts say the leader of the resource-rich nation is still in a strong position.

Saudi-led Airstrike Kills 20 in Yemen

A Saudi-led air raid killed at least 20 workers at a factory in northern Yemen, a local official and a resident said, the latest carnage in the conflict between Yemeni rebels and forces allied with the country’s exiled president.

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

New Orleans Honors Katrina’s Victims on Anniversary

A city known for its resilience marked the 10th anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the United States on Saturday, beginning with a somber ceremony at a memorial to Hurricane Katrina’s victims.

China Places Cap on Local Government Debt

Chinese lawmakers have placed a $2.5 trillion cap on local government debt as Beijing looks for ways to address one of the major impediments to its economy.

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money. 60

Puerto Rico Extends Deadline for Draft Restructuring

Puerto Rico’s governor extended a Sunday deadline for a group of government officials to deliver a draft of a restructuring plan that is widely anticipated by investors.

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of firms sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks is expected to head News Corp’s U.K. division, a position similar to one she resigned from amid the phone-hacking scandal. Separately, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing a police referral related to the hacking probe.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

Hackers Are the New Wizards

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Die Welt wird „ein kleiner weißer Zwerg“

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Enttäuschung für alle Weltuntergangspropheten und Endzeitjünger. Die beruhigenden Worte über die ausbleibende Apokalypse kommen ausgerechnet von Russlands starkem Mann. „Ich weiß, wann der Weltuntergang kommt“, gibt sich Wladimir Putin auf einer Pressekonferenz im Kreml allwissend. „Es wird ungefähr in 4,5 Milliarden Jahren sein“, fügt der Präsident nach einer Pause verschwörerisch hinzu. „Alles wird enden und der Reaktor wird ausgehen“, lässt Putin die erstaunten Journalisten wissen, um gleich noch ins Detail zu gehen: „Das wird das Ende der Welt sein. Aber vorher wird sie ein kleiner weißer Zwerg.“

Die Worte Putins dürften weltweit für einen Seufzer der Erleichterung gesorgt haben, kamen sie doch immerhin aus präsidialem Mund. Unklar blieb allerdings, ob Putin in Kontakt zu höheren Mächten steht oder einfach nur der Wissenschaft glaubt. Denn Weltuntergangspropheten berufen sich auf den Jahrtausende alten Maya-Kalender, der angeblich für den 21. Dezember 2012 das Ende voraussagt. Für rituelle Zwecke erstellten die Mayas Kalender, die auf astronomischen Beobachtungen basierten. Sie wollten ihren Göttern nahe sein und Voraussagen treffen.

Für Wissenschaftler geht hingegen am Freitag nur ein 400 Jahre währender Zyklus, ein so genanntes Baktum, zu Ende, auf das noch viele weitere folgen. Im Verständnis der Maya war der 11. August 3114 vor unserer Zeitrechnung der Tag eins der gegenwärtigen Welt. Davor hat es schon eine Vielzahl von Welten gegeben. Allerdings weist eine Inschriftentafel in einem Sarkophag, der vor knapp fünf Jahren in der alten Maya-Stadt Tortuguero gefunden wurde, tatsächlich auf den 21. Dezember 2012 hin. Dann soll der mächtige Bolon Yokte, der Gott des Krieges und der Schöpfung, zurückkehren. Auf dieses freudige Ereignis wollte sich Tortuguero vorbereiten, glauben Forscher. Apokalyptisches können sie dabei nicht entdecken.

Gelohnt haben sich die Weltuntergangsszenarien nicht unbedingt für die Maya, sie sind schon vorher untergegangen – aber für etliche Geschäftemacher. Auch die mexikanische Regierung warb mit der drohenden Apokalypse und lockte so tausende zusätzliche Touristen zu den Ausgrabungsstätten auf der Halbinsel Yucatan. Souvenirverkäufer  und Hotelbesitzer reiben sich die Hände.

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EU Leaders to Hold Emergency Meeting on Migration Crisis

European Union interior and home affairs ministers will hold an emergency meeting on September 14, the Luxembourg presidency said, in a bid to step up action to handle the biggest wave of migration since World War II.

Tribunal Finds Suzuki-VW Alliance Has Terminated

An arbitrator has ruled that an alliance between Suzuki Motor and VW has been terminated and ordered the German car maker to dispose of its 19.9% stake in Suzuki.

Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

Belgian insurance company Ageas said Sunday it will sell its Hong Kong Life insurance business to Chinese asset-management firm JD Capital for €1.23 billion.

Lebanese Official Defies Calls to Resign

A top Lebanese official defied demands from thousands of protesters over the weekend to step down, providing potential fuel for a growing antigovernment movement that is coalesced around uncollected trash.

Financially Strapped Greece Struggles With a Flood of Refugees

On the island of Lesbos, volunteers shore up efforts to house and feed tens of thousands of migrants.

Eni Reports Natural Gas Discovery off Egypt

Eni SpA said it made a massive natural-gas discovery off the coast of Egypt in what the Italian oil-and-gas company is calling the largest ever find in the Mediterranean Sea.

Fed’s Fischer: ‘Good Reason’ to Think U.S. Inflation Will Move Higher

The Fed‘s Stanley Fischer said there is “good reason” to think sluggish U.S. inflation will firm and move back toward the U.S. central bank’s 2% annual target, touching on a significant assessment facing the Fed ahead of its September policy meeting. 91

Malaysia Protesters Face Uphill Battle to Dislodge Najib

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Malaysia’s capital over the weekend to rally against Prime Minister Najib Razak, but analysts say the leader of the resource-rich nation is still in a strong position.

Saudi-led Airstrike Kills 20 in Yemen

A Saudi-led air raid killed at least 20 workers at a factory in northern Yemen, a local official and a resident said, the latest carnage in the conflict between Yemeni rebels and forces allied with the country’s exiled president.

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

New Orleans Honors Katrina’s Victims on Anniversary

A city known for its resilience marked the 10th anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the United States on Saturday, beginning with a somber ceremony at a memorial to Hurricane Katrina’s victims.

China Places Cap on Local Government Debt

Chinese lawmakers have placed a $2.5 trillion cap on local government debt as Beijing looks for ways to address one of the major impediments to its economy.

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money. 60

Puerto Rico Extends Deadline for Draft Restructuring

Puerto Rico’s governor extended a Sunday deadline for a group of government officials to deliver a draft of a restructuring plan that is widely anticipated by investors.

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of firms sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks is expected to head News Corp’s U.K. division, a position similar to one she resigned from amid the phone-hacking scandal. Separately, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing a police referral related to the hacking probe.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

Hackers Are the New Wizards

Chuck Wendig’s “Zeroes” reminds us how interconnected we all are, with electronic links all the way down to our refrigerators and cars, all of them hackable.

The Real Roots of Russia’s Revolution

Before revolution was a ruinous war. What led Russia into the conflagration?

Books

A Runaway Boy, a Theatrical Dynasty and a Cliffhanger

Brian Selznick’s ‘The Marvels’ is the latest in a loose trilogy including ‘Hugo’ and ‘Wonderstruck.’

Stieg Larsson’s Heroine Lives Again

David Lagercrantz’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” revives Lisbeth Salander in fitting style.

World War II’s Greatest Escape

Allied prisoners broke out of a German camp using ladders inspired by medieval siege tools.

Video

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

Buzz Aldrin Developing Plan to Colonize Mars

1:09