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U.S. stocks declined on Friday afternoon at the end of one of the most volatile weeks in years for global markets. 99

Four Arrested in Hungary Over Migrant Truck Deaths

Flowers were placed where dozens of migrants were found dead.

Hungarian police said they had arrested four men after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck across the border in Austria on Thursday. 100

Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State’s ‘Secret Weapon’

That Islamic State’s Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S. and U.K. shows the extent to which digital warfare has upset the balance of power on the modern battlefield. 222

Brazil’s Big Bet on China Turns Sour

Brazil’s big bet on China is turning sour as the Asian country’s once voracious appetite for Brazilian exports dims.

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Fed that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already. 78

Big Oil Faces Prospect of Lower Refining Profits

For much of the past year, the world’s biggest energy companies suffered through an oil-price rout with one silver lining: Their little-loved refineries were churning out big profits again. Now, that bright spot could be fading, even as oil prices sink.

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‘Craft’ Bourbon Is in the Eye of the Distiller

“Craft” distilleries have mushroomed in the U.S. to 588 from 51 over the past decade. Feeling the heat from the new competition, global liquor conglomerates are getting in on the act, and not letting definitions get in the way.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta AG shareholders are angry over the rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto Co., which then walked away.

Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

French luxury-goods company Hermès International said it expects demand for its pricey handbags and fashion to remain resilient and grow 8% this year despite the risk of an economic slowdown in China.

Luxury Brands Push Deeper Into India

As sales growth slows in China and other big markets, luxury-goods makers are seeking to cash in on patches of new wealth in often-unexpected parts of India, where there is a growing appetite for luxury brands.

‘Flash Crash’ Trader Denied Extradition Delay

British trader Navinder Sarao had requested a two-month delay in his extradition hearing.

Labor Group Says BofA CEO Moynihan Should Not be Chairman

A labor group is urging Bank of America shareholders to vote against a bylaw change that allows Brian Moynihan to hold the dual titles of bank CEO and chairman.

Oil Prices Resume Rally

Oil prices rose Friday, erasing earlier losses, as a surprise one-day rally extended to a second day.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

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

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Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities, writes Andrew Browne.

Syriza’s Poll Lead Narrows Ahead of Election

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is leading ahead of next month’s elections, a poll published Friday shows, though the gap with the conservative New Democracy party has closed considerably.

Ukraine’s U.S.-Born Finance Minister Praised for Persistence

Natalie Jaresko led months of tense negotiations with creditors, clocking thousands of air miles to reach a debt-relief deal that should help secure further bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Russia

Moscow Strains To Upgrade Forces

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The Pentagon is announcing that it will contribute seed money to a consortium of Silicon Valley firms to develop what defense officials say is a promising new technology incorporating “flexible” electronics.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that were already making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

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Hardware-Frühindikator Hackerkongress

Das jährliche Hacker-Treffen des Chaos Computer Clubs – der 29. Chaos Communication Congress – ist vorbei. Wie immer ging es bei dem Treffen der deutschen Hackerszene um Technik, ihre Auswirkung auf die Gesellschaft und Politik.

Der 19C3 im Jahre 2002 war mein erster Chaos Communication Congress. Damals in Berlin wurde die Veranstaltung von Geräten eines Herstellers dominiert: die Laptops aus der Thinkpad-Reihe von IBM galten als Laptop der Wahl für alle, die auf Qualität achten und bereit sind, etwas mehr für ihre Hardware auszugeben.

In den folgenden Jahren wandelte sich das Bild auf den CCC-Veranstaltungen: Zu den Thinkpads gesellten sich immer mehr Apple-Geräte. 2001 hatte Apple mit Mac OS X ein Betriebssystem herausgebracht, das im Kern auf Unix basiert – eine bei Hackern besonders beliebte Plattform, die auf Netzwerke ausgerichtet ist. Der freie Unix-Nachbau Linux und die freien Unix-Varianten FreeBSD, OpenBSD und NetBSD sind bei Hacker besonders beliebt.

Weil Apple unter der bunten Oberfläche ein echtes Unix versteckte und die Hardware – insbesondere bei Laptops – als besonders zuverlässig galt, eroberte Steve Jobs‘ Firma in Windeseile die Hackerherzen. Egal bei welcher Veranstaltung aus dem Hackerumfeld – Apple-Laptops waren spätestens ab 2005 allgegenwärtig. Mit einigen Jahren Verzögerung wurden Apples Computer dann auch im Massengeschäft ähnlich erfolgreich wie bei den Hackern – heute werden so viele Macs verkauft wie nie zuvor. Hatten die Nerds in ihrem Umfeld Vorbildfunktion? Kaufte jeder das nach, was der Fachmann aus dem eigenen Freundeskreis schon hatte?

Wenn das so war, gibt es jetzt schlechte Nachrichten für Apple: Auf dem diesjährigen CCC-Treffen – dem 29C3 zehn Jahre nach meinem ersten Besuch der Besuch der Konferenz – waren die Geräte wieder deutlich weniger präsent. Die meisten Teilnehmer und Referenten nutzten wieder PC-Laptops, überwiegend mit Linux bestückt. Unter den Einzelmarken dürfte Apple zwar noch führen, auf einem sicheren Platz zwei landete dieses Jahr aber wieder die Thinkpad-Reihe, die schon 2002 so beliebt war – inzwischen im Besitz des chinesischen PC-Herstellers Lenovo.

Wenn die Kreise von Computer-Freaks also eine Art Frühindikator für den Hardwarekauf der Masse sind, dann müsste der Verkauf von Mac-Rechnern in den kommenden Jahren einbrechen. Vielleicht war die Korrelation in der Vergangenheit allerdings auch durch andere Faktoren  bedingt: die Hacker wollten das Unix in Mac OS X und der Otto-Normal-Bürger erhoffte sich einen PC, der so einfach zu steuern ist wie den iPod oder das iPhone, das er bereits von Apple kannte.

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Stocks Fall After Volatile Week

U.S. stocks declined on Friday afternoon at the end of one of the most volatile weeks in years for global markets. 99

Four Arrested in Hungary Over Migrant Truck Deaths

Flowers were placed where dozens of migrants were found dead.

Hungarian police said they had arrested four men after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck across the border in Austria on Thursday. 100

Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State’s ‘Secret Weapon’

That Islamic State’s Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S. and U.K. shows the extent to which digital warfare has upset the balance of power on the modern battlefield. 222

Brazil’s Big Bet on China Turns Sour

Brazil’s big bet on China is turning sour as the Asian country’s once voracious appetite for Brazilian exports dims.

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Fed that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already. 78

Big Oil Faces Prospect of Lower Refining Profits

For much of the past year, the world’s biggest energy companies suffered through an oil-price rout with one silver lining: Their little-loved refineries were churning out big profits again. Now, that bright spot could be fading, even as oil prices sink.

IMAGE 1 of 9

‘Craft’ Bourbon Is in the Eye of the Distiller

“Craft” distilleries have mushroomed in the U.S. to 588 from 51 over the past decade. Feeling the heat from the new competition, global liquor conglomerates are getting in on the act, and not letting definitions get in the way.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta AG shareholders are angry over the rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto Co., which then walked away.

Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

French luxury-goods company Hermès International said it expects demand for its pricey handbags and fashion to remain resilient and grow 8% this year despite the risk of an economic slowdown in China.

Luxury Brands Push Deeper Into India

As sales growth slows in China and other big markets, luxury-goods makers are seeking to cash in on patches of new wealth in often-unexpected parts of India, where there is a growing appetite for luxury brands.

‘Flash Crash’ Trader Denied Extradition Delay

British trader Navinder Sarao had requested a two-month delay in his extradition hearing.

Labor Group Says BofA CEO Moynihan Should Not be Chairman

A labor group is urging Bank of America shareholders to vote against a bylaw change that allows Brian Moynihan to hold the dual titles of bank CEO and chairman.

Oil Prices Resume Rally

Oil prices rose Friday, erasing earlier losses, as a surprise one-day rally extended to a second day.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

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

China’s World

Markets? To Xi Jinping, Another Battle Comes First

Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities, writes Andrew Browne.

Syriza’s Poll Lead Narrows Ahead of Election

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is leading ahead of next month’s elections, a poll published Friday shows, though the gap with the conservative New Democracy party has closed considerably.

Ukraine’s U.S.-Born Finance Minister Praised for Persistence

Natalie Jaresko led months of tense negotiations with creditors, clocking thousands of air miles to reach a debt-relief deal that should help secure further bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Russia

Moscow Strains To Upgrade Forces

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military. 65

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

Entrepreneur Olof Sköld and his partner, Helene Carson, build a retreat for their family

Technology

Pentagon Advances Partnership with Tech Firms for Flexible Electronics

The Pentagon is announcing that it will contribute seed money to a consortium of Silicon Valley firms to develop what defense officials say is a promising new technology incorporating “flexible” electronics.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that were already making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

Video

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

Buzz Aldrin Developing Plan to Colonize Mars

1:09