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Stocks Fall Ahead of Jobs Report

Global stock markets fell ahead of a U.S. labor market report that investors will examine for clues about the timing of the first U.S. interest rate rise in almost a decade.

Migrant Crisis Divides Europe

Germany and France press the rest of Europe to end squabbling over its exploding numbers of refugees. 144

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose relatives’ efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 635

Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Territorial Waters

The Pentagon said that five Chinese navy ships operating off Alaska entered U.S. territorial waters, but they complied with international law.

The American 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.

Inside Israel’s Bid to Derail Iran Pact

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has undertaken a high-stakes campaign to persuade Congress to scuttle the Iran nuclear agreement, leaving the White House infuriated and many Democrats resentful. 174

G-20 Seeks Reassurances that China Plans to Calm Markets

Global finance leaders meeting in Turkey are seeking reassurances from Chinese officials on Beijing’s capacity to calm turbulent markets and prevent a collapse in the world’s second-largest economy.

Analysis

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.

BASF, Gazprom Renew Abandoned Asset-Swap Plan

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

Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

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

China’s Smartphone Sector Set for Shakeout

Huawei’s sales of smartphones and other consumer products are holding up in China despite slowing economic growth, with global revenue from the Chinese telecom-equipment maker’s retail business set to grow 30% next year to more than $20 billion.

E-Book Sales Weaken Amid Higher Prices

E-book revenue is falling, and some people in the publishing industry say it is partly because of the higher prices that have resulted from new contracts negotiated with Amazon. 64

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.

Private-Equity Firms Plunge Back Into the Oil Patch

Private-equity firms are doubling down on energy, despite heavy damage from their last adventure in the sector.

UBS Building Virtual Coin For Mainstream Banking

Swiss bank UBS is working on a prototype virtual currency that it hopes will be used by banks and financial institutions as a basis to settle mainstream financial markets transactions.

Traders Ride the ETF Roller Coaster

Mom-and-pop investors who trade in exchange-traded funds and notes linked to commodities have experienced some of the roughest volatility over the past several weeks.

U.S. Will Help Military, Diplomatic Families Leave Turkey

The U.S. has offered to help relatives of American military and diplomatic personnel stationed at Incirlik Air Base and a nearby consulate to leave Turkey, a cautionary move following the start of military operations directed against Islamic State.

Saudi King’s Visit a Chance to Invigorate U.S. Alliance

King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrives Friday for his first White House visit at a pivotal time, when the two allies are trying to maintain their lukewarm agreement on the Iran nuclear deal while striving for new commitments.

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.

Kentucky Clerk Jailed Over Gay Marriage Licenses

A federal judge declared a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds in contempt of court for defying his order to issue marriage licenses, and sent the clerk to jail until she complies. 2465

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

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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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Stocks Fall Ahead of Jobs Report

Stocks fell sharply ahead of a U.S. jobs report that investors will examine for clues about when the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates.

Migrant Crisis Divides Europe

Germany and France press the rest of Europe to end squabbling over its exploding numbers of refugees. 148

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose relatives’ efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 638

Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Territorial Waters

The Pentagon said that five Chinese navy ships operating off Alaska entered U.S. territorial waters, but they complied with international law. 61

The American 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.

Inside Israel’s Bid to Derail Iran Pact

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has undertaken a high-stakes campaign to persuade Congress to scuttle the Iran nuclear agreement, leaving the White House infuriated and many Democrats resentful. 213

G-20 Seeks Reassurances that China Plans to Calm Markets

Global finance leaders meeting in Turkey are seeking reassurances from Chinese officials on Beijing’s capacity to calm turbulent markets and prevent a collapse in the world’s second-largest economy.

Analysis

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.

BASF, Gazprom Renew Abandoned Asset-Swap Plan

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

Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

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

China’s Smartphone Sector Set for Shakeout

Huawei’s sales of smartphones and other consumer products are holding up in China despite slowing economic growth, with global revenue from the Chinese telecom-equipment maker’s retail business set to grow 30% next year to more than $20 billion.

E-Book Sales Weaken Amid Higher Prices

E-book revenue is falling, and some people in the publishing industry say it is partly because of the higher prices that have resulted from new contracts negotiated with Amazon. 66

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.

Private-Equity Firms Plunge Back Into the Oil Patch

Private-equity firms are doubling down on energy, despite heavy damage from their last adventure in the sector.

UBS Building Virtual Coin For Mainstream Banking

Swiss bank UBS is working on a prototype virtual currency that it hopes will be used by banks and financial institutions as a basis to settle mainstream financial markets transactions.

Traders Ride the ETF Roller Coaster

Mom-and-pop investors who trade in exchange-traded funds and notes linked to commodities have experienced some of the roughest volatility over the past several weeks.

U.S. Will Help Military, Diplomatic Families Leave Turkey

The U.S. has offered to help relatives of American military and diplomatic personnel stationed at Incirlik Air Base and a nearby consulate to leave Turkey, a cautionary move following the start of military operations directed against Islamic State.

Saudi King’s Visit a Chance to Invigorate U.S. Alliance

King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrives Friday for his first White House visit at a pivotal time, when the two allies are trying to maintain their lukewarm agreement on the Iran nuclear deal while striving for new commitments.

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.

Kentucky Clerk Jailed Over Gay Marriage Licenses

A federal judge declared a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds in contempt of court for defying his order to issue marriage licenses, and sent the clerk to jail until she complies. 2476

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Theater

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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.

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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?

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

Video

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