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GDP Numbers Reveal Momentum Underlying U.S. Economy

Consumer, business and government spending helped propel better-than-expected U.S. growth in the second quarter. 367

Google Rebuffs European Union on Antitrust Charges

Google rebuffed the European Union’s demand that it change the way it ranks online comparison-shopping services in its search results, setting up a potentially drawn-out legal battle.

Market Recovery Gains Steam

A recovery in global markets gained steam, with stocks in the U.S., Asia and Europe rising.

Austrian Police Find Up to 50 Migrants Dead

Europe’s migrant crisis took a deadly turn deep in the continent with the discovery in Austria of a truck containing up to 50 decomposing corpses.

In Depth

Jihadi Trails: Paths to Syria and Iraq

More than 20,000 foreigners from across the globe are fighting in Syria and Iraq and many come to fight with Islamic State. We chronicle the global scope of their recruitment efforts via the lives and journeys of 10 men and women who traveled to the war zone.

Ukraine Secures Debt-Relief Deal

Ukraine’s government secured a vital debt-relief deal, the country’s finance ministry said, a key step toward unlocking billions of dollars in emergency financing.

Middle East Crossroads

Afghanistan Holds Out Against Taliban, So Far

This year’s fighting season is the first where Afghan security forces have had to battle the Taliban pretty much on their own, writes Yaroslav Trofimov. So far, they are standing their ground where it matters.

Greece Closer to Formal Election Call

Greece is set to officially begin its second election campaign period of the year, after opposition parties, as expected, conceded they can’t assemble a ruling majority in parliament to replace the outgoing government of Alexis Tsipras.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

NATO Chief Opens Joint Training Base in Georgia

NATO’s secretary-general opened a new joint training base in Georgia, promising the country could count on its western allies.

The Katrina Diaspora, 10 Years Later

Katrina uprooted tens of thousands of people, scattering them across 45 states, and they settled permanently in new cities such as Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio.

Militants Kill Two Senior Iraqi Army Commanders

Islamic State killed two senior Iraqi army commanders, officials and state media said, continuing the extremist group’s tactic of targeting military leaders to deplete morale among fighters.

Winners and Losers in China’s Upheaval

China’s economic slowdown is shaking multinationals that do business there, but the effect is uneven. Major infrastructure firms are hurting, while consumer-based companies are faring better.

Amazon Curtails Development of Consumer Devices

Amazon is scaling back its efforts to develop consumer devices, laying off dozens of engineers at its secretive Lab126 hardware-development center and trimming or halting other projects.

Bouygues Gains Don’t Equal French Telecoms Revival

Bouygues is expanding its customer base, but top-line growth still proves elusive.

Apple Announces Sept. 9 Event

Apple Thursday announced an invite-only event in San Francisco on Sept. 9, likely to unveil new iPhone models.

Funds Still Struggle to Set Prices Amid Computer Woes

Computer problems plagued the U.S. asset-management industry for a fourth day, causing hundreds of mutual and ETFs to miscalculate the value of fund assets.

5 Days That Taught Investors All They Need to Know

A Wall Street veteran tells us it took just five days for him to learn all he needed to know about investing. The problem is, they've happened over the past 15 years.

Heard on the Street

Standard Chartered’s Puzzling Currency Questions

Asian currencies are the new threat to the emerging markets lender.

Margin Calls Bite Investors, Banks

Loans backed by investment portfolios have become a booming business for Wall Street brokerages. Now the bill is coming due—for both the banks and their clients.

Adventure & Travel

Berlin’s Waterfront Heats Up for Travelers

The capital’s long-overlooked riverbanks are now party central, lined with hot hotels and bars—and a beach with a view of Angela Merkel.

At My Vanity

A Hair Stylist’s Secrets for Beauty, the French Way

Celebrity hairdresser Vinz, who has tended to the tresses of everyone from Kirsten Dunst to Caroline de Maigret, shares his top tips for glowing skin and ending bad hair days forever.

Music

Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ Is a Visceral Confessional

Yannis Philippakis, the lead singer whose energetic stage presence and novelistic lyrics have made Foals one of British rock’s most compelling propositions, talks about the band’s fourth album.

Eating & Drinking

Champion of Breakfasts: What’s the Winning Egg Sandwich Recipe?

Fuel for weekend road trips and a host’s salvation in the face of hungry house guests, the breakfast sandwich is hard to improve on. These recipes and tips from top chefs show how to do it right.

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Colorado Theater Killer Sentenced to Life in Jail

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How a Couple Stays Afloat During Retirement

On Marty and Annette Sabba’s house barge, sunsets, seagulls and entertaining are all part of the routine.

A French Film Maverick’s California Sojourns

A new release on Criterion’s Eclipse line, “Agnès Varda in California” collects five recently restored films made during the filmmaker’s visits to the Golden State between the mid-1960s and early 1980s

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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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GDP Numbers Reveal Momentum Underlying U.S. Economy

Consumer, business and government spending helped propel better-than-expected U.S. growth in the second quarter. 367

Google Rebuffs European Union on Antitrust Charges

Google rebuffed the European Union’s demand that it change the way it ranks online comparison-shopping services in its search results, setting up a potentially drawn-out legal battle.

Market Recovery Gains Steam

A recovery in global markets gained steam, with stocks in the U.S., Asia and Europe rising.

Austrian Police Find Up to 50 Migrants Dead

Europe’s migrant crisis took a deadly turn deep in the continent with the discovery in Austria of a truck containing up to 50 decomposing corpses.

In Depth

Jihadi Trails: Paths to Syria and Iraq

More than 20,000 foreigners from across the globe are fighting in Syria and Iraq and many come to fight with Islamic State. We chronicle the global scope of their recruitment efforts via the lives and journeys of 10 men and women who traveled to the war zone.

Ukraine Secures Debt-Relief Deal

Ukraine’s government secured a vital debt-relief deal, the country’s finance ministry said, a key step toward unlocking billions of dollars in emergency financing.

Middle East Crossroads

Afghanistan Holds Out Against Taliban, So Far

This year’s fighting season is the first where Afghan security forces have had to battle the Taliban pretty much on their own, writes Yaroslav Trofimov. So far, they are standing their ground where it matters.

Greece Closer to Formal Election Call

Greece is set to officially begin its second election campaign period of the year, after opposition parties, as expected, conceded they can’t assemble a ruling majority in parliament to replace the outgoing government of Alexis Tsipras.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

NATO Chief Opens Joint Training Base in Georgia

NATO’s secretary-general opened a new joint training base in Georgia, promising the country could count on its western allies.

The Katrina Diaspora, 10 Years Later

Katrina uprooted tens of thousands of people, scattering them across 45 states, and they settled permanently in new cities such as Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio.

Militants Kill Two Senior Iraqi Army Commanders

Islamic State killed two senior Iraqi army commanders, officials and state media said, continuing the extremist group’s tactic of targeting military leaders to deplete morale among fighters.

Winners and Losers in China’s Upheaval

China’s economic slowdown is shaking multinationals that do business there, but the effect is uneven. Major infrastructure firms are hurting, while consumer-based companies are faring better.

Amazon Curtails Development of Consumer Devices

Amazon is scaling back its efforts to develop consumer devices, laying off dozens of engineers at its secretive Lab126 hardware-development center and trimming or halting other projects.

Bouygues Gains Don’t Equal French Telecoms Revival

Bouygues is expanding its customer base, but top-line growth still proves elusive.

Apple Announces Sept. 9 Event

Apple Thursday announced an invite-only event in San Francisco on Sept. 9, likely to unveil new iPhone models.

Funds Still Struggle to Set Prices Amid Computer Woes

Computer problems plagued the U.S. asset-management industry for a fourth day, causing hundreds of mutual and ETFs to miscalculate the value of fund assets.

5 Days That Taught Investors All They Need to Know

A Wall Street veteran tells us it took just five days for him to learn all he needed to know about investing. The problem is, they've happened over the past 15 years.

Heard on the Street

Standard Chartered’s Puzzling Currency Questions

Asian currencies are the new threat to the emerging markets lender.

Margin Calls Bite Investors, Banks

Loans backed by investment portfolios have become a booming business for Wall Street brokerages. Now the bill is coming due—for both the banks and their clients.

Adventure & Travel

Berlin’s Waterfront Heats Up for Travelers

The capital’s long-overlooked riverbanks are now party central, lined with hot hotels and bars—and a beach with a view of Angela Merkel.

At My Vanity

A Hair Stylist’s Secrets for Beauty, the French Way

Celebrity hairdresser Vinz, who has tended to the tresses of everyone from Kirsten Dunst to Caroline de Maigret, shares his top tips for glowing skin and ending bad hair days forever.

Music

Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ Is a Visceral Confessional

Yannis Philippakis, the lead singer whose energetic stage presence and novelistic lyrics have made Foals one of British rock’s most compelling propositions, talks about the band’s fourth album.

Eating & Drinking

Champion of Breakfasts: What’s the Winning Egg Sandwich Recipe?

Fuel for weekend road trips and a host’s salvation in the face of hungry house guests, the breakfast sandwich is hard to improve on. These recipes and tips from top chefs show how to do it right.

Video

Facebook's 'M' Takes on Siri and Google Now

3:36

Up to 50 Migrants Found Dead in Truck in Austria

0:32

Colorado Theater Killer Sentenced to Life in Jail

1:22