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Grim Toll of Migrant Crisis Rises on Sea, Land

The latest deaths of migrants both on land and at sea are shedding light on the brutal tactics of the people-smuggling operations that stretch from across the Mediterranean to deep within Europe’s borders.

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.

Foes Try New Ways To Attack Iran Deal

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), right, listens to Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) last month in Washington, D.C.

Congressional opponents of the Iranian nuclear accord are devising a Plan B as President Obama moves closer to locking up the support needed to implement the deal. 98

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

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.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry about the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

French luxury-goods company Hermès International said it expects demand for its pricey handbags and fashion to remain resilient and grow 8% this year despite the risk of an economic slowdown in China.

Tesla Wants White House to Press China

Tesla Motors wants the Obama administration to talk to Xi Jinping about making it easier for auto makers to do business in China during the Chinese president’s visit to the U.S.

‘Flash Crash’ Trader Denied Extradition Delay

British trader Navinder Sarao had requested a two-month delay in his extradition hearing.

Central Bankers Rethink Views on Inflation

Central bankers aren’t sure they understand how inflation works anymore. Inflation didn’t fall as much as many expected during the financial crisis and it hasn’t bounced back as they predicted when the economy recovered and unemployment fell.

A ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Universa Hedge Fund, a well-known ‘black swan’ fund, made more than $1 billion in profits in one week amid volatility.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

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Markets? To Xi Jinping, Another Battle Comes First

Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities, writes Andrew Browne. 58

Step Forward for Japan’s ‘Womenomics’

A new law will pressure Japanese companies to hire more women and promote them to management positions, part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program.

Syriza’s Poll Lead Narrows Ahead of Election

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is leading against its main political rival ahead of next month’s elections, according to four polls published on Friday, though the gap with the conservative New Democracy party has closed considerably.

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Liz Mohn: Eine Puppe, kein Püppchen

Auf den ersten Blick scheint es für eine Frau eine eher zweifelhafte Ehre, dass eine Barbie ihrem Äußeren nachempfunden wird. Welche Frau will schon ein Püppchen sein? Aber der Spielzeughersteller Mattel denkt darüber natürlich anders. Er bringt seit 2009 jährlich eine Puppe heraus, die einer Persönlichkeit des öffentlichen Lebens aus dem Gesicht geschnitten ist. In diesem Jahr ist das Liz Mohn.

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Liz Mohn als Barbie-Puppe.

Die 1941 im ostwestfälischen Wiedenbrück geborene, gelernte Zahnarzthelferin, ehelichte 1982 den Bertelsmann-Patriarchen Reinhard Mohn und ist nach dessen Tod 2009 die Repräsentantin des Familienunternehmens, das gleichzeitig eines der größten Medienkonzerne der Welt ist. Ohne ihr Einverständnis wird angeblich keine wichtige Entscheidung am Unternehmenssitz in Gütersloh getroffen, so heißt es.

Da passt es, dass Mattel die erste einzigartige Barbie 2009 nach dem Vorbild von Angela Merkel erschuf. Ohne ihre Zustimmung soll ja im Land auch nicht viel gehen, heißt es in Berlin. Dass im vergangenen Jahr auch Ex-Fußballerfrau Sylvie van der Vaart ihre Barbie bekam, passt indes  schon eher ins Püppchen-Image.

Mattel würde solche Vergleiche natürlich entschieden von sich weisen. „Die Philosophie von Ruth Handler, der Erfinderin der Barbie, war es seit jeher, dass Mädchen unendliche Wahlmöglichkeiten im Leben haben und diese von Barbie inspiriert leben können. So gab es bereits in den Anfängen von Barbie eine Vorstandsvorsitzende oder ein eigenes Auto, noch bevor so manch eine Frau einen eigenen Führerschein besaß“, heißt es in der Pressemitteilung.

Liz Mohn zumindest, hat etwas aus ihrem Leben gemacht und versucht auch Kindern zu helfen, die weniger Glück haben. Vor 20 Jahren gründete sie die Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe und der Spielzeugkonzern wird Kindern, die einen Schlaganfall erlitten haben, künftig unentgeltlich Spielzeug liefern.

Eltern, die ihren Töchtern jetzt aber eine Liz Mohn Barbie schenken wollen, werden enttäuscht sein. Die Puppe, die ihr wie aus dem Gesicht geschnitten scheint, wird es nur einmal und nur für Liz Mohn geben. Eine Karriere im Spielzeugregal wird ihr verwehrt bleiben.

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Grim Toll of Migrant Crisis Rises on Sea, Land

The latest deaths of migrants both on land and at sea are shedding light on the brutal tactics of the people-smuggling operations that stretch from across the Mediterranean to deep within Europe’s borders.

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.

Foes Try New Ways To Attack Iran Deal

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), right, listens to Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) last month in Washington, D.C.

Congressional opponents of the Iranian nuclear accord are devising a Plan B as President Obama moves closer to locking up the support needed to implement the deal. 97

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Russian Rocket Launches Inmarsat Satellite

A Russian Proton rocket on Friday launched an Inmarsat PLC spacecraft to put the British satellite operator on a course to begin operating a global network of high-bandwidth satellites by year-end.

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

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.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry about the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

French luxury-goods company Hermès International said it expects demand for its pricey handbags and fashion to remain resilient and grow 8% this year despite the risk of an economic slowdown in China.

Tesla Wants White House to Press China

Tesla Motors wants the Obama administration to talk to Xi Jinping about making it easier for auto makers to do business in China during the Chinese president’s visit to the U.S.

‘Flash Crash’ Trader Denied Extradition Delay

British trader Navinder Sarao had requested a two-month delay in his extradition hearing.

Central Bankers Rethink Views on Inflation

Central bankers aren’t sure they understand how inflation works anymore. Inflation didn’t fall as much as many expected during the financial crisis and it hasn’t bounced back as they predicted when the economy recovered and unemployment fell.

A ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Universa Hedge Fund, a well-known ‘black swan’ fund, made more than $1 billion in profits in one week amid volatility.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

China’s World

Markets? To Xi Jinping, Another Battle Comes First

Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities, writes Andrew Browne. 58

Step Forward for Japan’s ‘Womenomics’

A new law will pressure Japanese companies to hire more women and promote them to management positions, part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program.

Syriza’s Poll Lead Narrows Ahead of Election

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is leading against its main political rival ahead of next month’s elections, according to four polls published on Friday, though the gap with the conservative New Democracy party has closed considerably.

Since Katrina, Biloxi’s Rebound Has Been Slow

The Mississippi Gulf Coast city’s population is down 9.4% and many homes remain vacant. But the tourism destination’s casino industry, though smaller, keeps chugging along.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

Entrepreneur Olof Sköld and his partner, Helene Carson, build a retreat for their family

Review

The Saturday Essay

For China, a Plunge and a Reckoning

The stock market fall pierced the party’s mystique of omnipotence. In an interwoven world, the crisis should spur Beijing to prefer compromise to bullying.

Historically Speaking

A History of Star-Crossed Lovers

Lovers separated by cruel circumstance have played a role in history and literature for millennia. Amanda Foreman looks at Berenice and Titus, Abelard and Heloise and more

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

On Wine: Will Lyons

Why Gin Is Back With a Flourish

Gin is experiencing the kind of boom the wine industry experienced in the mid-1980s, as boutique-distilled bottles with names like Half Hitch, Opihr and Ransom Old Tom give the classic G&T a new—and flavorful—twist