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EU Ministers Push for Action on Migrant Crisis

Germany, France and the U.K. pushed for a faster response in dealing with a migration crisis, as Hungarian police detained a fifth person in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.

Striking Workers Block French Port

The labor dispute is preventing travelers from boarding ferries on both sides of the English Channel.

Meet the Private Watchdogs Policing Finance

The use of outside monitors to police financial institutions that have misbehaved has exploded in recent years, sometimes generating friction.

Fed Appears to Hold Line on Rate Plan

Federal Reserve officials emerged from a week of head-spinning financial turbulence largely sticking to their plan to raise U.S. interest rates before the end of the year.

Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power

Before a planned visit to the U.S., the Chinese president’s image as a bold leader is being undermined by his botched handling of the stock market rout and the country’s economic slowdown.

VW Is Told to Shed Suzuki Stake

An international court has ordered Volkswagen of Germany to sell its nearly 20% stake in Suzuki, allowing the Japanese auto maker to extricate itself from the tie-up after a four-year struggle.

Eni Reports Huge Natural-Gas Discovery off Egypt

Eni SpA said it made a massive natural-gas discovery off the coast of Egypt in what the Italian oil-and-gas company is calling the largest ever find in the Mediterranean Sea.

U.A.E. Takes Lead in Southern Yemen

U.A.E. forces prevented Houthi rebels in Yemen from overrunning the Yemeni port city of Aden and now also reluctantly find themselves in the business of nation-building.

At Least 11 Die in Saudi Arabia Fire

A large fire at a residential compound of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200, officials said. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Modi Changes Course on Land Acquisition

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would not renew a contentious executive order aimed at making it easier for the state to acquire land for infrastructure and industry.

Climate Change Builds as 2016 Issue

President Barack Obama’s trip to Alaska’s Arctic on Monday will likely reverberate much farther south, on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, where global warming is expected to emerge as a key issue. 233

Egypt Rejects Criticism of Journalists’ Jail Sentences

Egypt’s foreign ministry rejected international criticism of a court’s decision to sentence a team of Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison, summoning the British ambassador to Egypt for condemning the verdict.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

The Only Bank This Hip-Hop Mogul Will Use

Low-profile Signature Bank has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing lenders, attracting a fan base ranging from hip-hop mogul Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo to former Congressman Barney Frank

Asian Markets Wrap Up a Rough Month

Asian stock markets are set to finish August with their worst monthly performance in more than three years.

BNY Mellon’s Pricing Problems Persist

Executives at Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are racing against the clock to make it through a backlog of pricing issues before the markets open Monday morning.

Lawyer’s Offstage Acts Threaten Record Pact

When federal agents showed up at Keila Ravelo’s home three days before Christmas, they kicked off a chain of events that could send her to prison and scuttle the biggest antitrust settlement in U.S. history.

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of businesses sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can. 83

In Japan, Foreigners Fill Workforce Gaps

Non-Japanese are taking a bigger role in powering Japan’s economy, as a labor shortage impels the nation to overcome its longstanding resistance to foreign workers.

China Slowdown to Hit Asia Electronics Supply Chain

After several years of torrid expansion, the slowdown in smartphone sales in China is expected to hit Asian parts suppliers.

Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

Belgian insurance company Ageas said Sunday it will sell its Hong Kong Life insurance business to Chinese asset-management firm JD Capital for €1.23 billion.

Technology

Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

Apple’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors like Google.

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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.

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82

Dr. Oliver Sacks, the author and neurologist who explored links between the brain and human experience in books like “Awakenings,” has died. He was 82.

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My Ping-Pong Paddling by Tennis Star Rafael Nadal

Columnist Ralph Gardner Jr. takes on tennis champion Rafael Nadal in ping pong. It was probably a good thing that they didn’t keep score.

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Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ Is a Visceral Confessional

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Sonys Playstation 4 bleibt ein Geheimnis

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Das Logo der neuen Playstation. Wie die Konsole jedoch aussieht, weiß noch keiner.

Die Spielkonsole der nächsten Generation ist endlich da. Nur leider kann man sie noch nicht sehen. Wie erwartet hat Sony in der Nacht zu Donnerstag in New York die Playstation 4 vorgestellt, das neueste Gerät in der Welt der Unterhaltungselektronik. Der Vorab-Hype war groß, die Erwartungen auch. Am Ende aber zeigte Sony die neue Konsole gar nicht. Kein Preis, kein Design. Nicht mal ein Erscheinungsdatum wurde genannt. Nur ganz kurz war zum Ende der zweistündigen Präsentation von „Holiday 2013″ die Rede, womit wohl die Weihnachtsferien gemeint sind.

Was Spielefans längst wissen: Die PS4 wird von einem Prozessor mit x86-Architektur von AMD angetrieben, der über acht Kerne verfügt. Insgesamt acht Gigabyte Arbeitsspeicher stehen für CPU und Grafik zur Verfügung. Ein zweiter Chip zur Bearbeitung von Hintergrundprozessen soll die neue Konsole noch schneller machen.

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Mark Cerny, der Systementwickler der Playstation 4, zeigt den neuen Controller.

Gesteuert wird die Playstation 4 mit dem neuen Dualshock 4 Controller, von dem schon vor der offiziellen Präsentation Bilder im Netz aufgetaucht waren. Die Kontrolleinheit verfügt über ein Touchpad und kann per 3D-Kamera erfasst werden. Neu ist, dass die Spieler nun kleine Ausschnitte aus einem Spiel „ausschneiden” und Freunden als Videoclip über soziale Netzwerke zuschicken können.

Fünf Jahre hat Sony nach eigenen Angaben an der neuen Konsole gearbeitet. Und innovativ ist an dem Gerät, dass Nutzer damit künftig in der Cloud spielen können. Dave Perry, der Mitbegründer und Chef des IT-Dienstleisters Gaikai, sprach während der Präsentation darüber, wie stark Gaikai an der neuen Playstation mitgewirkt hat. Gaikai wurde im vergangenen Jahr von Sony gekauft und hat sich auf Spiele in der Wolke spezialisiert. Käufer der Playstation 4 sollen einige Spiele zunächst ausprobieren können, bevor sie bezahlen müssen.

Ein bisschen enttäuschend: Für die Playstation 3 entwickelte Spiele werden nicht auf der neuen Konsole laufen. Auf sie muss darum über die Wolke zugegriffen werden.

„Das Wohnzimmer ist nicht länger das Zentrum des Playstation-Universums”

Andrew House, Sonys Präsident und Chef der Sparte Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony zeigte während der Präsentation, dass neue Spiele auch auf der mobilen Spielkonsole PS Vita laufen können, die schon Ende  2011 auf den Markt kam. Diese Strategie könnte ein Versuch sein, die nicht gerade berauschenden Verkaufszahlen der Vita anzukurbeln.

Die Branchenlage ist schwierig, die traditionelle Spielindustrie leidet unter rückläufigen Umsatzzahlen. Weil es immer mehr kostenlose Onlinespiele gibt und sich große Hersteller wie Sony, Nintendo und Microsoft mit neuen Produkten viele Jahre Zeit lassen, hinterfragen einige Branchenbeobachter den Sinn und Zweck von Konsolen in der heutigen Zeit.

Sony hat das Vorgängermodell Playstation 3 bis heute mehr als 70 Millionen Mal verkauft. Das Unternehmen spricht von mehr als 110 Millionen Mitgliedern in seinem Playstation-Netzwerk. Allerdings erlitt der Konzern vor zwei Jahren einen großen Rückschlag. Hacker knackten mehr als 77 Millionen Nutzerkonten und der japanische Konzern musste den Dienst vorübergehend abschalten. Der Angriff kostete Sony nach eigenen Angaben 171 Millionen US-Dollar.

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EU Ministers Push for Action on Migrant Crisis

Germany, France and the U.K. pushed for a faster response in dealing with a migration crisis, as Hungarian police detained a fifth person in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.

Striking Workers Block French Port

The labor dispute is preventing travelers from boarding ferries on both sides of the English Channel.

Meet the Private Watchdogs Policing Finance

The use of outside monitors to police financial institutions that have misbehaved has exploded in recent years, sometimes generating friction.

Fed Appears to Hold Line on Rate Plan

Federal Reserve officials emerged from a week of head-spinning financial turbulence largely sticking to their plan to raise U.S. interest rates before the end of the year.

Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power

Before a planned visit to the U.S., the Chinese president’s image as a bold leader is being undermined by his botched handling of the stock market rout and the country’s economic slowdown.

VW Is Told to Shed Suzuki Stake

An international court has ordered Volkswagen of Germany to sell its nearly 20% stake in Suzuki, allowing the Japanese auto maker to extricate itself from the tie-up after a four-year struggle.

Eni Reports Huge Natural-Gas Discovery off Egypt

Eni SpA said it made a massive natural-gas discovery off the coast of Egypt in what the Italian oil-and-gas company is calling the largest ever find in the Mediterranean Sea.

U.A.E. Takes Lead in Southern Yemen

U.A.E. forces prevented Houthi rebels in Yemen from overrunning the Yemeni port city of Aden and now also reluctantly find themselves in the business of nation-building.

At Least 11 Die in Saudi Arabia Fire

A large fire at a residential compound of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200, officials said. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Modi Changes Course on Land Acquisition

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would not renew a contentious executive order aimed at making it easier for the state to acquire land for infrastructure and industry.

Climate Change Builds as 2016 Issue

President Barack Obama’s trip to Alaska’s Arctic on Monday will likely reverberate much farther south, on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, where global warming is expected to emerge as a key issue. 233

Egypt Rejects Criticism of Journalists’ Jail Sentences

Egypt’s foreign ministry rejected international criticism of a court’s decision to sentence a team of Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison, summoning the British ambassador to Egypt for condemning the verdict.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

The Only Bank This Hip-Hop Mogul Will Use

Low-profile Signature Bank has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing lenders, attracting a fan base ranging from hip-hop mogul Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo to former Congressman Barney Frank

Asian Markets Wrap Up a Rough Month

Asian stock markets are set to finish August with their worst monthly performance in more than three years.

BNY Mellon’s Pricing Problems Persist

Executives at Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are racing against the clock to make it through a backlog of pricing issues before the markets open Monday morning.

Lawyer’s Offstage Acts Threaten Record Pact

When federal agents showed up at Keila Ravelo’s home three days before Christmas, they kicked off a chain of events that could send her to prison and scuttle the biggest antitrust settlement in U.S. history.

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of businesses sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can. 83

In Japan, Foreigners Fill Workforce Gaps

Non-Japanese are taking a bigger role in powering Japan’s economy, as a labor shortage impels the nation to overcome its longstanding resistance to foreign workers.

China Slowdown to Hit Asia Electronics Supply Chain

After several years of torrid expansion, the slowdown in smartphone sales in China is expected to hit Asian parts suppliers.

Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

Belgian insurance company Ageas said Sunday it will sell its Hong Kong Life insurance business to Chinese asset-management firm JD Capital for €1.23 billion.

Technology

Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

Apple’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors like Google.

Arts

IMAGE 1 of 12

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.

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82

Dr. Oliver Sacks, the author and neurologist who explored links between the brain and human experience in books like “Awakenings,” has died. He was 82.

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