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Weak Chinese Data Rattle Markets

Global stock markets tumbled after weak manufacturing data in China fueled investors’ worries about the world’s second-largest economy.

Migrants Protest as Hungary Closes Main Station to Northern Europe

Hungarian authorities cleared hundreds of migrants from the country’s main international railway station where they were waiting to board trains to Austria and Germany, prompting protests.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

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

Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting more time to comply with a new law requiring Russian data centers.

Inside Kellogg’s Effort to Cash In on the Health-Food Craze

Fixing its Kashi brand, says the CEO, is key to bulking up sales in the fast-growing natural and organic food aisles, part of a broader push to revive the 109-year old firm.

Largest Batch of Clinton Emails Released

Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton show that former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal remained a political confidant and correspondent throughout her time as secretary of state. 207

China’s Economic Woes Echo Across Asia

Evidence gathered pace on Tuesday that China’s economic slowdown is rippling across Asia, including a startling plunge in South Korean exports and softening manufacturing in Malaysia and Vietnam.

Samsung Takes Smartwatch Fight to Apple

Samsung plans to unveil a new smartwatch, as the company attempts to prove that it can outshine Apple on design in a nascent product category.

Startups Put Data in Farmers’ Hands

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Apple and Cisco Unveil a Business Partnership

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Google, Sanofi Team Up on Diabetes Research

The Internet company said its health-care research unit plans to work with European pharmaceutical major Sanofi on new ways to monitor and treat the condition.

Iran Deal Could Open Door to Gulf Businesses

While executives in the Gulf see opportunities, the region’s governments remain at loggerheads on other issues.

StubHub Gets Out of ‘All-In’ Pricing

Nearly two years after shifting to “all-in” pricing, ticket-resale giant StubHub is reversing course and returning to its old system of adding 15% to 17% at the last minute.

Etsy Faces Pressure to Abandon Irish Tax Strategy

Americans for Tax Fairness, a progressive advocacy group, is pressing Etsy, the online crafts marketplace, to abandon a strategy that uses an Irish subsidiary to minimize taxes it owes to Uncle Sam.

Valeant Strikes Psoriasis-Drug Pact With AstraZeneca

Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals has struck a deal with AstraZeneca of the U.K. to develop and sell psoriasis treatment brodalumab.

Former Alabama Governor George Wallace ran as a third-party candidate in the 1968 presidential election and won five states.

Sanders, Trump et al: Partying Like It’s 1968

Strange happenings are afoot in the 2016 presidential cycle, ones that draw parallels with 1968, when a disruptive race so shook up the political system that we’re still feeling its aftershocks today, Gerald F. Seib writes. 321

Ukrainian National Guard Officer Killed, Dozens Injured in Protest Blast

One member of Ukraine’s National Guard was killed and at least 69 others were injured outside the country’s parliament, as fighting broke out between protesters and law-enforcement officers.

White House Readying Sanctions Plan Against Chinese Firms for Cybertheft

The White House is preparing a menu of sanctions against Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies that officials believe benefited from the cybertheft of U.S. corporate secrets.

Deadly Explosions Highlight China Workplace Dangers

A second deadly chemical blast in a month is shining a spotlight on workplace accidents in China, where worker deaths still number in the tens of thousands annually.

Crackdown on Racial Bias Boosts Some Auto-Loan Costs

A federal regulator’s campaign to fight bias against minorities is changing the way many car loans are priced, a move that is increasing costs for some consumers. 156

Service Providers See Gold in Shares of Startups

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Commerzbank to Start Operations in Brazil

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Portuguese Central Bank Ends Talks With Anbang Over Novo Banco Sale

Portugal’s central bank will now enter talks with another bidder for the Portuguese bank created out of failed lender Banco Espírito Santo last year.

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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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Weak Chinese Data Rattle Markets

Global stock markets tumbled after weak manufacturing data in China fueled investors’ worries about the world’s second-largest economy.

Migrants Protest as Hungary Closes Main Station to Northern Europe

Hungarian authorities cleared hundreds of migrants from the country’s main international railway station where they were waiting to board trains to Austria and Germany, prompting protests.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

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

Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting more time to comply with a new law requiring Russian data centers.

Inside Kellogg’s Effort to Cash In on the Health-Food Craze

Fixing its Kashi brand, says the CEO, is key to bulking up sales in the fast-growing natural and organic food aisles, part of a broader push to revive the 109-year old firm.

Largest Batch of Clinton Emails Released

Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton show that former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal remained a political confidant and correspondent throughout her time as secretary of state. 207

China’s Economic Woes Echo Across Asia

Evidence gathered pace on Tuesday that China’s economic slowdown is rippling across Asia, including a startling plunge in South Korean exports and softening manufacturing in Malaysia and Vietnam.

Samsung Takes Smartwatch Fight to Apple

Samsung plans to unveil a new smartwatch, as the company attempts to prove that it can outshine Apple on design in a nascent product category.

Startups Put Data in Farmers’ Hands

Farmers and startups like Farmobile and Granular are starting to compete with agribusiness giants over the newest commodity being harvested on U.S. farms: data.

Apple and Cisco Unveil a Business Partnership

Apple and Cisco Systems are teaming up to help bring more iPhones and iPads to business users.

Google, Sanofi Team Up on Diabetes Research

The Internet company said its health-care research unit plans to work with European pharmaceutical major Sanofi on new ways to monitor and treat the condition.

Iran Deal Could Open Door to Gulf Businesses

While executives in the Gulf see opportunities, the region’s governments remain at loggerheads on other issues.

StubHub Gets Out of ‘All-In’ Pricing

Nearly two years after shifting to “all-in” pricing, ticket-resale giant StubHub is reversing course and returning to its old system of adding 15% to 17% at the last minute.

Etsy Faces Pressure to Abandon Irish Tax Strategy

Americans for Tax Fairness, a progressive advocacy group, is pressing Etsy, the online crafts marketplace, to abandon a strategy that uses an Irish subsidiary to minimize taxes it owes to Uncle Sam.

Valeant Strikes Psoriasis-Drug Pact With AstraZeneca

Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals has struck a deal with AstraZeneca of the U.K. to develop and sell psoriasis treatment brodalumab.

Former Alabama Governor George Wallace ran as a third-party candidate in the 1968 presidential election and won five states.

Sanders, Trump et al: Partying Like It’s 1968

Strange happenings are afoot in the 2016 presidential cycle, ones that draw parallels with 1968, when a disruptive race so shook up the political system that we’re still feeling its aftershocks today, Gerald F. Seib writes. 321

Ukrainian National Guard Officer Killed, Dozens Injured in Protest Blast

One member of Ukraine’s National Guard was killed and at least 69 others were injured outside the country’s parliament, as fighting broke out between protesters and law-enforcement officers.

White House Readying Sanctions Plan Against Chinese Firms for Cybertheft

The White House is preparing a menu of sanctions against Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies that officials believe benefited from the cybertheft of U.S. corporate secrets.

Deadly Explosions Highlight China Workplace Dangers

A second deadly chemical blast in a month is shining a spotlight on workplace accidents in China, where worker deaths still number in the tens of thousands annually.

Crackdown on Racial Bias Boosts Some Auto-Loan Costs

A federal regulator’s campaign to fight bias against minorities is changing the way many car loans are priced, a move that is increasing costs for some consumers. 156

Service Providers See Gold in Shares of Startups

Branding firm Red Antler is among vendors that are looking to profit on the soaring valuations of young startups by taking payment in stock instead of cash.

Commerzbank to Start Operations in Brazil

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Portuguese Central Bank Ends Talks With Anbang Over Novo Banco Sale

Portugal’s central bank will now enter talks with another bidder for the Portuguese bank created out of failed lender Banco Espírito Santo last year.

U.S. Banks Edging Out European Rivals in Europe

U.S. banks are edging out their European banking rivals on their home turf.

Video

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0:45

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11