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Weak Chinese Data Rattles Markets

Global shares fell, burdened by disappointing manufacturing data out of China, which fueled fresh concerns over growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

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.

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.

Largest Batch of Clinton Emails Released

Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton show that former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal remained a political confidant and correspondent throughout her time as secretary of state. 152

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. 55

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.

White House Readying Sanctions Plan Against Chinese Firms for Cybertheft

The White House is preparing a menu of sanctions against Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies that officials believe benefited from the cybertheft of U.S. corporate secrets.

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.

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.

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.

Valeant Strikes Psoriasis-Drug Pact With AstraZeneca

Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals has struck a deal with AstraZeneca of the U.K. to develop and sell psoriasis treatment brodalumab.

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.

Etsy Faces Pressure to Abandon Irish Tax Strategy

Americans for Tax Fairness, a progressive advocacy group, is pressing Etsy, the online crafts marketplace, to abandon a strategy that uses an Irish subsidiary to minimize taxes it owes to Uncle Sam.

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.

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.

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.

Air Force Official Predicts Private Launches for Military Satellites

Budget pressures are pushing Pentagon planners to consider outsourcing satellite launches, routine military communication links and even some space-based surveillance operations to industry, a senior Air Force official said.

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.

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. 178

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

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.

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.

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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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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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Weak Chinese Data Rattles Markets

Global shares fell, burdened by disappointing manufacturing data out of China, which fueled fresh concerns over growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

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.

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.

Largest Batch of Clinton Emails Released

Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton show that former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal remained a political confidant and correspondent throughout her time as secretary of state. 152

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. 55

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.

White House Readying Sanctions Plan Against Chinese Firms for Cybertheft

The White House is preparing a menu of sanctions against Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies that officials believe benefited from the cybertheft of U.S. corporate secrets.

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.

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.

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.

Valeant Strikes Psoriasis-Drug Pact With AstraZeneca

Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals has struck a deal with AstraZeneca of the U.K. to develop and sell psoriasis treatment brodalumab.

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.

Etsy Faces Pressure to Abandon Irish Tax Strategy

Americans for Tax Fairness, a progressive advocacy group, is pressing Etsy, the online crafts marketplace, to abandon a strategy that uses an Irish subsidiary to minimize taxes it owes to Uncle Sam.

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.

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.

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.

Air Force Official Predicts Private Launches for Military Satellites

Budget pressures are pushing Pentagon planners to consider outsourcing satellite launches, routine military communication links and even some space-based surveillance operations to industry, a senior Air Force official said.

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.

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. 178

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

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.

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.

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