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Migrant Crackdown Sows Chaos in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Europe to tackle the migrant crisis and agree on a fair distribution of people, warning that failing to do so might put the EU’s open-border policy at risk. 53

Large Chemical Blast Rips Through Chinese City

A large chemical fire and explosion ripped through an industrial zone in a northeastern Chinese city late Monday, killing at least one person, local officials said, less than a month after deadly chemical blasts in the nearby city of Tianjin raised concerns about industrial safety in China.

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.

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.

China Data Pulls Down Asian Shares

Asian markets fell Tuesday, pressured by disappointing manufacturing data that added to concerns about the health of China’s economy.

Oil Prices Pull Back After Breathless Rally

Oil prices fell in Asian trade as weak Chinese manufacturing data and profit-taking pared some of crude’s 25%-plus gains of the previous three trading sessions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tokyo Court: Nomura Wrongfully Dismissed U.S. Executive

Japan’s largest brokerage wrongfully dismissed an American managing director during a dispute over compensation for a product he invented, the Tokyo District Court ruled.

BNY Catches Up With Pricing Backlog

Bank of New York Mellon said it had updated pricing data for mutual and exchange-traded fund-pricing issues before the market opened Monday, ending a weeklong struggle by the company to provide accurate asset values.

U.S. Banks Edging Out European Rivals in Europe

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

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FIFA May Weaken Its Executive Committee

The executive committee of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, will be the first target of major reforms when the organization meets in Zurich next month.

World

Islamic State Blows Up Palmyra Ruins

Islamic State has partially destroyed Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in a massive explosion, the latest in a series of attacks by the militants on the Syrian city’s famed historic sites. 177

Turkey Arrests Vice News Journalists

A Turkish court ordered the formal arrest of three Vice News journalists on terrorism-related charges, days after detaining the foreign nationals as they covered a mounting Kurdish insurgency in the country.

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.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Returns to Store Shelves

Cartons of Blue Bell ice cream began reappearing in grocery stores in cities Monday, a major step after the ice-cream maker yanked all its products following a deadly listeria outbreak and faced a financial crisis.

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. 153

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.

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What to Watch for After Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is afflicting more people, and research shows patients who have had non-melanoma skin cancers are at increased risk of recurrence.

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Video Music Awards 2015

Kanye West gave a long rant at the MTV Video Music Awards as he apologized to Taylor Swift for taking her microphone in 2009. Swift presented West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Earlier, she and Nicki Minaj buried their beef by joining forces onstage.

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US-Boss motzt über faule Franzosen

Das Verhältnis von Franzosen und Amerikanern ist ein widersprüchliches. Einerseits verbindet beide Nationen eine lange Geschichte der Freundschaft. Zugegeben, das liegt zum großen Teil daran, mit England im 18. Jahrhundert einen gemeinsamen Feind bekämpft zu haben. Aber immerhin ist die Freiheitsstatue ein Geschenk aus Paris und andersherum schwärmte General de Gaulle von Jackie Kennedy. So kann es gehen.

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Maurice Taylor hat es sich mit den Franzosen verscherzt.

In Wirtschaftsfragen ist in den Beziehungen beider Staaten aber dafür richtig der Wurm drin. Nicht nur das Napoleon 1803 Louisiana für schlappe 15 Millionen Dollar verscherbelte und sich reiche Amerikaner in den 1920er Jahren zu Spottpreisen in Paris einkauften – nein, die ganze Grundlage stimmt einfach nicht. Dass Unternehmen auf dem freien Markt mit ihren Angestellten vereinbaren dürfen, was sie wollen, ist eine zutiefst unfranzösische Vorstellung. Der Staat muss den einzelnen Arbeiter schützen – auch vor zu viel Arbeit.

Der Chef des amerikanischen Reifenherstellers Titan, Maurice M. Taylor, geht dieser Schutz zu weit. Er sprach von den französischen Ouvriers despektierlich nur von „sogenannten Arbeitern“. „Die französischen Beschäftigten bekommen hohe Gehälter, aber sie arbeiten lediglich drei Stunden. Sie haben eine Stunde für ihre Pausen und das Mittagessen, unterhalten sich drei Stunden und arbeiten drei Stunden“, schrieb Taylor in einem Brief an den französischen Industrieminister aus dem die Zeitung Les Echos zitiert.

Der Minister hatte Taylor zuvor gebeten, ein vor der Schließung stehendes Reifenwerk des Herstellers Goodyear in Amiens-Nord zu übernehmen. „Denken Sie, wir sind so dumm?“, lautete die Antwort von Reifen-Taylor aus Amerika. Er habe den Gewerkschaftern ins Gesicht gesagt, was er von der Arbeitsmoral in Frankreich halte. „Sie haben mir geantwortet, das sei so in Frankreich”, empört sich der Manager.

Anders als in den USA hält man in Frankreich nichts vom protestantischen Puritanerfleiß, um durch harte Arbeit später in den Himmel zu kommen. Schließlich war man über Jahrhunderte Schutzmacht der Heiligen Mutter Kirche. Die vergibt praktisch alle kleinen Sünden, auch die lange Mittagspause. Außerdem hat das französische Volk 1789 die größte und schönste aller Revolutionen vollbracht. Seinerzeit hat sich die Überzeugung durchgesetzt, dass sich der Volkswille nichts und niemandem unterordnen muss – und schon gar nicht irgendwelchen Märkten und amerikanischen Bossen.

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    • Wenn´s denn mal drei Stunden am Tag wären, wäre die Wirtschft in Frankreich ja wenigstens in Teilen erfolgreich.
      Typischer US-Optimismus.

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Migrant Crackdown Sows Chaos in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Europe to tackle the migrant crisis and agree on a fair distribution of people, warning that failing to do so might put the EU’s open-border policy at risk. 53

Large Chemical Blast Rips Through Chinese City

A large chemical fire and explosion ripped through an industrial zone in a northeastern Chinese city late Monday, killing at least one person, local officials said, less than a month after deadly chemical blasts in the nearby city of Tianjin raised concerns about industrial safety in China.

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.

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.

China Data Pulls Down Asian Shares

Asian markets fell Tuesday, pressured by disappointing manufacturing data that added to concerns about the health of China’s economy.

Oil Prices Pull Back After Breathless Rally

Oil prices fell in Asian trade as weak Chinese manufacturing data and profit-taking pared some of crude’s 25%-plus gains of the previous three trading sessions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tokyo Court: Nomura Wrongfully Dismissed U.S. Executive

Japan’s largest brokerage wrongfully dismissed an American managing director during a dispute over compensation for a product he invented, the Tokyo District Court ruled.

BNY Catches Up With Pricing Backlog

Bank of New York Mellon said it had updated pricing data for mutual and exchange-traded fund-pricing issues before the market opened Monday, ending a weeklong struggle by the company to provide accurate asset values.

U.S. Banks Edging Out European Rivals in Europe

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

Sports

Soccer

FIFA May Weaken Its Executive Committee

The executive committee of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, will be the first target of major reforms when the organization meets in Zurich next month.

World

Islamic State Blows Up Palmyra Ruins

Islamic State has partially destroyed Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in a massive explosion, the latest in a series of attacks by the militants on the Syrian city’s famed historic sites. 177

Turkey Arrests Vice News Journalists

A Turkish court ordered the formal arrest of three Vice News journalists on terrorism-related charges, days after detaining the foreign nationals as they covered a mounting Kurdish insurgency in the country.

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.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Returns to Store Shelves

Cartons of Blue Bell ice cream began reappearing in grocery stores in cities Monday, a major step after the ice-cream maker yanked all its products following a deadly listeria outbreak and faced a financial crisis.

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. 153

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.

Video

Ukraine Protest Blast Kills Officer, Injures Dozens

0:45

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11