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Migrants Pour Into Austria After Trek

Thousands of migrants arrived in Austria and Germany on Saturday, capping for many what has been a tumultuous stay in Hungary during a week in which Europe’s migrant crisis escalated.

G-20 Countries Vow to Refrain From Currency Depreciation

The world’s largest economies, including China, will renew their commitment to avoid depreciating their currencies to gain a competitive trading advantage, a senior U.S. Treasury official said Saturday.

Google Pursuing a Return to China

Google is in talks with the Chinese government and handset makers about launching a new Android app store there, a move that would mark the company’s return to China.

U.S. Veterans Who Fight ISIS

A former Army Ranger and a decorated Marine are among U.S. veterans volunteering to join Kurdish fighters against Islamic State in Syria. 78

From Piles of Trash Sprout Demands for Change in Lebanon

Protests demanding political reform bridge country’s longtime political, religious and ethnic divides.

Blurry Job Picture Poses Test for Fed

U.S. employment growth slowed in August but the jobless rate fell to the lowest level since 2008, a mixed labor-market reading less than two weeks before a crucial Federal Reserve meeting. 243

Judge Orders Credit Suisse to Pay Highland $287.5M in Suit Over Loan

A judge on Friday said Credit Suisse must pay a unit of Highland Capital Management $287.5 million over a soured real-estate loan, a win for James Dondero’s hedge-fund firm in its multipronged fight against the Swiss bank over luxury developments.

Houthi Rebels Were Behind Attack That Killed 45 U.A.E. Soldiers in Yemen

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels were behind a rocket attack that killed 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates, as the country increased airstrikes against the militants in retaliation.

London Jewel Thieves Plead Guilty in Easter Heist

Four men pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy for a jewel heist in London’s Hatton Garden diamond district over the Easter weekend.

Putin Pitches for Foreign Investment in Russia’s Far East

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a pitch for greater investment in his country’s resource-rich Far East region, despite a slowdown in the Chinese economy that has shaken global markets.

G-20 Increasingly Concerned About Slowing Chinese Economy

China’s market routs and a string of weak data are fueling concern among Group of 20 officials that a slowing Chinese economy could fuel further market instability and push global growth deeper into a long-term rut.

U.S. Prosecutors Cite ‘Spoofing’ Software Allegedly Used by U.K. Trader

U.K. trader Navinder Sarao, who faces a U.S. extradition hearing later this month, allegedly worked with a customized version of software known as the “matrix” in a deliberate attempt to “spoof” markets, according to a U.S. court filing.

Public Pension Funds Roll Back Return Targets

The cuts to their lowest levels since the 1980s portend greater hardships for employees and cash-strapped governments as Americans age. 130

U.K. Regulator Warns Commodity Firms About Market Abuse

The U.K.’s financial regulator said firms that trade commodities have learned little from recent high-profile cases of market abuse and are failing to adequately monitor the risks of such abuse.

Heard on the Street

This Plastics IPO Is Timed Right – For the Seller

Bayer’s material science division, now called Covestro, had a strong first-half ahead of a planned initial public offering. That looks hard to keep up.

Brussels Beat

EU Displaces U.S. as Top Antitrust Cop

The European Union’s antitrust activism has put it in prime position to shape the Internet and is encouraging some U.S. technology executives to focus on Brussels.

Daimler, Renault Reboot Tiny Car

Daimler is taking another crack at the U.S. market for ultra-compacts with a retooled version of its ForTwo Smart car built through a collaboration that could become a benchmark for other auto makers. 72

Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

The largest shareholder of Europe’s biggest auto maker nominated the company’s CFO to become the next chairman of VW’s supervisory board.

BASF, Gazprom Renew Abandoned Asset-Swap Plan

Germany’s BASF and Russia’s Gazprom will complete an asset-swap deal signed in 2013 but called off last year amid tension between Russia and the West.

GVC Wins Race to Acquire Bwin.party

Sports-betting and online-gambling operator GVC Holdings PLC said it had clinched a deal to buy Bwin.party Digital Entertainment PLC after beating an offer from online-gambling peer 888 Holdings PLC.

Fashion

How Fashion Experts Shop the High Street

Despite the crowds, the lines and the overpacked rails, there are real gems to be found in mainstream stores—you just need to know how to find them.

Will Lyons on Wine

What’s the Point of Scoring Wines?

A wine’s taste and character change almost daily, and taste is subjective—so is giving them marks a pointless exercise?

Theater

Michael Grandage: A Director’s DNA

With ‘Photograph 51’ at London’s Noël Coward Theatre, the acclaimed director coaxes Nicole Kidman back onstage for an exploration of the passion and poetry of science.

Going Native in NYC: 8 Things to Do as an Expat in the Big Apple

You’re relocating to the Center of the Universe, a.k.a. the Capital of the World, a.k.a. the City That Never Sleeps. So what do you do to embrace New York?

Video

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Father of Aylan Kurdi Speaks at Funeral

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Mind and Matter

The Power of Brains to Keep Growing

Not long ago, scientists thought that after infancy, our brains never added any neurons. Patricia Churchland on how brains keep growing

Film Review

‘La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Dream)’ Review: Dark Immigrant Odyssey

In Diego Quemada-Diez’s celebrated directorial debut, a trio of teenagers flee from Guatemala and make their way through a treacherous Mexico, where police and gangsters prey on vulnerable travelers.

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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.

Mattel
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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Migrants Pour Into Austria After Trek

Thousands of migrants arrived in Austria and Germany on Saturday, capping for many what has been a tumultuous stay in Hungary during a week in which Europe’s migrant crisis escalated.

G-20 Countries Vow to Refrain From Currency Depreciation

The world’s largest economies, including China, will renew their commitment to avoid depreciating their currencies to gain a competitive trading advantage, a senior U.S. Treasury official said Saturday.

Google Pursuing a Return to China

Google is in talks with the Chinese government and handset makers about launching a new Android app store there, a move that would mark the company’s return to China.

U.S. Veterans Who Fight ISIS

A former Army Ranger and a decorated Marine are among U.S. veterans volunteering to join Kurdish fighters against Islamic State in Syria. 78

From Piles of Trash Sprout Demands for Change in Lebanon

Protests demanding political reform bridge country’s longtime political, religious and ethnic divides.

Blurry Job Picture Poses Test for Fed

U.S. employment growth slowed in August but the jobless rate fell to the lowest level since 2008, a mixed labor-market reading less than two weeks before a crucial Federal Reserve meeting. 243

Judge Orders Credit Suisse to Pay Highland $287.5M in Suit Over Loan

A judge on Friday said Credit Suisse must pay a unit of Highland Capital Management $287.5 million over a soured real-estate loan, a win for James Dondero’s hedge-fund firm in its multipronged fight against the Swiss bank over luxury developments.

Houthi Rebels Were Behind Attack That Killed 45 U.A.E. Soldiers in Yemen

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels were behind a rocket attack that killed 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates, as the country increased airstrikes against the militants in retaliation.

London Jewel Thieves Plead Guilty in Easter Heist

Four men pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy for a jewel heist in London’s Hatton Garden diamond district over the Easter weekend.

Putin Pitches for Foreign Investment in Russia’s Far East

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a pitch for greater investment in his country’s resource-rich Far East region, despite a slowdown in the Chinese economy that has shaken global markets.

G-20 Increasingly Concerned About Slowing Chinese Economy

China’s market routs and a string of weak data are fueling concern among Group of 20 officials that a slowing Chinese economy could fuel further market instability and push global growth deeper into a long-term rut.

U.S. Prosecutors Cite ‘Spoofing’ Software Allegedly Used by U.K. Trader

U.K. trader Navinder Sarao, who faces a U.S. extradition hearing later this month, allegedly worked with a customized version of software known as the “matrix” in a deliberate attempt to “spoof” markets, according to a U.S. court filing.

Public Pension Funds Roll Back Return Targets

The cuts to their lowest levels since the 1980s portend greater hardships for employees and cash-strapped governments as Americans age. 130

U.K. Regulator Warns Commodity Firms About Market Abuse

The U.K.’s financial regulator said firms that trade commodities have learned little from recent high-profile cases of market abuse and are failing to adequately monitor the risks of such abuse.

Heard on the Street

This Plastics IPO Is Timed Right – For the Seller

Bayer’s material science division, now called Covestro, had a strong first-half ahead of a planned initial public offering. That looks hard to keep up.

Brussels Beat

EU Displaces U.S. as Top Antitrust Cop

The European Union’s antitrust activism has put it in prime position to shape the Internet and is encouraging some U.S. technology executives to focus on Brussels.

Daimler, Renault Reboot Tiny Car

Daimler is taking another crack at the U.S. market for ultra-compacts with a retooled version of its ForTwo Smart car built through a collaboration that could become a benchmark for other auto makers. 72

Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

The largest shareholder of Europe’s biggest auto maker nominated the company’s CFO to become the next chairman of VW’s supervisory board.

BASF, Gazprom Renew Abandoned Asset-Swap Plan

Germany’s BASF and Russia’s Gazprom will complete an asset-swap deal signed in 2013 but called off last year amid tension between Russia and the West.

GVC Wins Race to Acquire Bwin.party

Sports-betting and online-gambling operator GVC Holdings PLC said it had clinched a deal to buy Bwin.party Digital Entertainment PLC after beating an offer from online-gambling peer 888 Holdings PLC.

Fashion

How Fashion Experts Shop the High Street

Despite the crowds, the lines and the overpacked rails, there are real gems to be found in mainstream stores—you just need to know how to find them.