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Mixed Jobs Report Sets Fed Up for Close Rate Call

U.S. employment growth slowed in August but the jobless rate fell to the lowest level since 2008, a mixed reading less than two weeks before a crucial Fed meeting. 217

Hungary Says It Will Bus Migrants to Austria Border

Hungary said Friday it would provide buses to take migrants to the Austrian border after a stream of people who have been stranded in the country for days set out for the border on foot. 162

Refugees Find Smooth Welcome in Germany, but Strain Shows

Refugees meet a well-oiled system that gets them off the street and into emergency shelters fast, but some say it is already under strain and is struggling to offer newcomers long-term prospects.

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. 52

Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Waters

The Pentagon said five Chinese navy ships operating off Alaska in recent days had come within 12 nautical miles of the coast, entering U.S. territorial waters, but complying with international law. 319

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. 1240

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.

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.

From Piles of Trash Sprout Demands for Change in Lebanon

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

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

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.

U.A.E. Says 45 of Its Soldiers Killed in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates announced the single largest loss of personnel in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

Weekend Investor

No Emerging Markets in Your Portfolio? Look Again

Some foreign-stock mutual funds have 30% or 40% of assets in developing nations.

An Online Bank With a Personal Touch

Live Oak Bancshares is betting that its hybrid model can be an example for how to expand small-business lending.

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.

Chinese Companies Share Investors’ Pain

China’s listed companies joined in the market mania, buying up shares in one another; now the holdings that padded earnings as prices boomed threaten to gut them as they plunge.

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. 70

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

Migrants Vow to March From Hungary to Austria

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Migrants Refuse to Go to Refugee Camp in Hungary

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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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Nordkorea-Souvenirs mit Gruselfaktor

Wenige Monate nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer boten gefühllose Händler auf der Prachtstraße Unter den Linden auf klapprigen Tapeziertischen allerlei Revolutionströdel des untergegangenen Staates feil: Orden, Uniformen, Anstecknadeln, die Fahnen mit Hammer, Zirkel und Ährenkranz sowie Bruchstücke des antifaschistischen Schutzwalles.

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Revolutionär kitschig: Tasche aus dem Nordkorea-Fanshop.

Die sozialistische Revolution auf deutschen Boden, die in einer realsozialistischen Diktatur erstarrt war, befand sich im Ausverkauf. Es scheint, dass Nordkorea aus dieser Erfahrung gelernt hat: Schlussverkauf schon vor dem Systemzusammenbruch, so lautet wohl die Geschäftsidee.

Über die Seite der staatlich unterstützten Solidaritätsaktion Korea Friendship Association gelangt der virtuelle Revolutionstourist zum Onlineverkauf von Souvenirs aus der Demokratischen Volksrepublik Korea, wie der  Staat sich offiziell nennt.

Im Angebot sind hunderte Devotionalien im revolutionären Design: T-Shirts, Kappen, Postkarten, Tassen, Bierkrüge, Kalender, Poster, Anstecker und Dekokissen. Allerdings gibt es für den ganzen Ramsch insgesamt nur 13 Motive – die meisten davon zeigen waffenstarrende Soldaten mit heroischem Gesichtsausdruck.

Die Preise sind gesalzen, ein T-Shirt der Marke „Propaganda“ kostet zum Beispiel 44,99 US-Dollar. Aber die katastrophale Mangelwirtschaft des verarmten Landes, das einen grotesken Personenkult um seine politischen Führer treibt, scheint selbst vor dem Onlineshop nicht halt zu machen: Die „Baby Bodysuits“, die „Teddybears“ und die „Underwear and Panties“ sind derzeit nicht erhältlich.

Beim Geld hört die Feindschaft auf

Die literarischen Schreckensvisionen in George Orwells Buch “1984″ sind in Nordkorea grausige Wirklichkeit geworden: Die Bevölkerung ist in drei Klassen eingeteilt, in vertrauenswürdige Genossen, in schwankende Personen und feindselige Personen. Schätzungsweise wird ein Viertel der Bevölkerung zu der Klasse der feindlich Gesinnten gerechnet.

Wegen der schlechten Ernährung sind 20-jährige Nordkoreaner durchschnittlich sechs Zentimeter kleiner als Gleichaltrige aus dem Süden. Die bemerkenswerte Stabilität des Gruselregimes in Pjöngjang erklären manche Experten damit, dass die herrschende Elite sich praktisch nur noch um einige große Städte kümmert und den Rest der Bevölkerung bewusst einem täglichen Überlebenskampf aussetzt, sodass den Menschen keine Kräfte mehr bleiben, um Protest oder Widerstand zu leisten.

Schon erstaunlich, dass es eine Nachfrage nach diesen Souvenirs mit dem Gruselfaktor aus dem kapitalistischen Ausland gibt. Noch erstaunlicher ist, dass der Verkauf der hohlen Propaganda ausgerechnet über die Plattform eines Onlinehändlers aus dem Land der Erzfeinde läuft. Cafepress ist ein amerikanisches Unternehmen und hat seinen Sitz in Louisville, Kentucky.

Aber in diesem Fall gilt wohl das umgekehrte Sprichwort: „Beim Geld hört die Feindschaft auf.“

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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 reading less than two weeks before a crucial Fed meeting. 219

Hungary Says It Will Bus Migrants to Austria Border

Hungary said Friday it would provide buses to take migrants to the Austrian border after a stream of people who have been stranded in the country for days set out for the border on foot. 168

Refugees Find Smooth Welcome in Germany, but Strain Shows

Refugees meet a well-oiled system that gets them off the street and into emergency shelters fast, but some say it is already under strain and is struggling to offer newcomers long-term prospects.

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. 52

Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Waters

The Pentagon said five Chinese navy ships operating off Alaska in recent days had come within 12 nautical miles of the coast, entering U.S. territorial waters, but complying with international law. 321

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. 1281

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.

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.

From Piles of Trash Sprout Demands for Change in Lebanon

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

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

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.

U.A.E. Says 45 of Its Soldiers Killed in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates announced the single largest loss of personnel in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

Weekend Investor

No Emerging Markets in Your Portfolio? Look Again

Some foreign-stock mutual funds have 30% or 40% of assets in developing nations.

An Online Bank With a Personal Touch

Live Oak Bancshares is betting that its hybrid model can be an example for how to expand small-business lending.

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.

Chinese Companies Share Investors’ Pain

China’s listed companies joined in the market mania, buying up shares in one another; now the holdings that padded earnings as prices boomed threaten to gut them as they plunge.

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. 70

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.