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Stocks Mixed After Volatile Week

U.S. stocks were mixed Friday at the end of one of the most volatile weeks in years for global markets. 82

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. 52

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. 186

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.

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

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.

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. 76

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

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CEO of Ashley Madison Parent Steps Down

Avid Life Media, the parent company of infidelity website Ashley Madison, said Friday that its chief executive had left the company.

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.

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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.

Greece Names George Chouliarakis Interim Finance Minister

Greece named George Chouliarakis as the country’s interim finance minister, handing him control of the country’s purse strings until next month’s elections.

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.

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Moscow Strains To Upgrade Forces

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Speakers Play Role in Korean Deal

At the heaviest armed border in the world, South Korean officials say one of the most potent weapons is psychological warfare. As tensions abate between Seoul and Pyongyang, officials say propaganda broadcasts are a vital peacekeeper.

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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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Frisches Geld für junge Internet-Start-ups

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Christoph Janz (links) und Pawel Chudzinski von Point Nine Capital.

Point Nine Capital legt einen Internet-Fonds über 40 Millionen Euro auf. Der Berliner Wagniskapitalgeber Point Nine Capital gab am Mittwoch bekannt, dass sie in Berlin mit einen Fonds über 40 Millionen Euro für junge Unternehmen an den Start gehen. Der Fonds wird sich auf Internet-Start-ups konzentrieren. Nach eigenen Angaben ist Point Nine Capital der erste auf Internet-Investments spezialisierte Wagniskapital-Fonds aus Berlin.

Der neue Fonds trägt den Namen Point Nine Capital II und hat nach Unternehmensangaben bereits in eine Reihe von Internet-Unternehmen wie Brainly, E-Pet-World, Kreditech, Positionly, Shiftplanning und Vend investiert. Die Gründer und Manager von Point Nine Capital, Pawel Chudzinski und Christoph Janz, sind bereits seit Jahren als Internet-Investoren aktiv und haben in Unternehmen wie Geckoboard, Lieferheld, Madvertise, Westwing oder Zendesk investiert. Laut Lukas Jaworski, Pressesprecher von Team Europe, handelt es sich um den ersten Wagniskapitalgeber, der als Venture Capitalist in Berlin gewachsen ist.

„Unser Ziel ist es, die besten und ambitioniertesten Unternehmer in Bereichen wie SaaS, eCommerce, Marktplätzen und Mobile zu unterstützen“, sagte Christoph Janz. Start-ups aus Berlin sollen dabei eine wichtige Rolle spielen,der Fonds will aber auch in ganz Deutschland und anderen Ländern investieren. Pawel Chudzinski ergänzte: „Der Fonds ermöglicht es uns, deutlich größere Beträge als bislang zu investieren. Unserem gründerfreundlichen Angel VC-Ansatz bleiben wir aber treu.“

Mitte 2011 wurde das von Pawel Chudzinski geleitete Investment-Geschäft von Team Europe, einem führenden Berliner Inkubator für Internet-Startups, ausgegründet und in Point Nine Capital umbenannt.

Kapitalgeber setzen auf deutsche Start-ups

Insgesamt hat sich die Finanzierungssituation für deutsche Start-ups im europäischen Vergleich zuletzt rosig entwickelt. Nach der jüngsten Analyse von Dow Jones Venturesource konnten britische Start-up-Unternehmen 2012 in 295 Abschlüssen insgesamt 1,4 Milliarden Euro einnehmen. Auf dem zweiten Platz landete Deutschland mit 189 Abschlüssen, bei denen Wagniskapital in Höhe von 822 Millionen Euro eingesammelt wurde.

Während in Großbritannien allerdings wie insgesamt im europäischen Vergleich die Summe des Risikokapitals stark zurückging, geht es in Deutschland aufwärts. In Großbritannien ging die Summe um fünf Prozent und die Zahl der Abschlüsse um zehn Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr zurück. In Deutschland dagegen stieg die investierte Summe im Vergleich zu 2011 um satte 48 Prozent, die Zahl der Abschlüsse nahm um 16 Prozent zu.

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Stocks Mixed After Volatile Week

U.S. stocks were mixed Friday at the end of one of the most volatile weeks in years for global markets. 82

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. 52

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. 186

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.

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

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.

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. 76

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.

CEO of Ashley Madison Parent Steps Down

Avid Life Media, the parent company of infidelity website Ashley Madison, said Friday that its chief executive had left the company.

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.

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.

Greece Names George Chouliarakis Interim Finance Minister

Greece named George Chouliarakis as the country’s interim finance minister, handing him control of the country’s purse strings until next month’s elections.

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. 60

Speakers Play Role in Korean Deal

At the heaviest armed border in the world, South Korean officials say one of the most potent weapons is psychological warfare. As tensions abate between Seoul and Pyongyang, officials say propaganda broadcasts are a vital peacekeeper.

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