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Grim Toll of Migrant Crisis Rises on Sea, Land

The latest deaths of migrants both on land and at sea are shedding light on the brutal tactics of the people-smuggling operations that stretch from across the Mediterranean to deep within Europe’s borders.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money.

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Central Bankers Rethink Views on Inflation

Central bankers aren’t sure they understand how inflation works anymore. Inflation didn’t fall as much as many expected during the financial crisis and it hasn’t bounced back as they predicted when the economy recovered and unemployment fell.

Foreign Man Arrested in Bangkok Blast Probe

Thai police said they arrested a foreign man whom they described as a suspect in this month’s deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine that is popular with Chinese tourists.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry about the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

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.

Thousands Protest Against Malaysia’s Najib Razak

Police said an estimated 25,000 people demonstrated in the capital, protesting management of the economy and debt problems at a state investment fund.

Tropical Storm Erika Weakens

Tropical storm Erika was losing its punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday, after killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

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.

Myanmar Buzz Fades for Many U.S. Investors

Disenchantment with the business climate, especially among American companies, comes as concerns are spreading about Myanmar’s political future.

A ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Universa Hedge Fund, a well-known ‘black swan’ fund, made more than $1 billion in profits in one week amid volatility.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

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 already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

Tesla Wants White House to Press China

Tesla Motors wants the Obama administration to talk to Xi Jinping about making it easier for auto makers to do business in China during the Chinese president’s visit to the U.S.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

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The Lessons of Out-of-Body Experiences

Powerful, unnerving hallucinations show there’s something malleable about the way our brains construct our sense of self.

Historically Speaking

A History of Star-Crossed Lovers

Lovers separated by cruel circumstance have played a role in history and literature for millennia. Amanda Foreman looks at Berenice and Titus, Abelard and Heloise and more

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Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

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Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

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Buzz Aldrin Developing Plan to Colonize Mars

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On Wine: Will Lyons

Why Gin Is Back With a Flourish

Gin is experiencing the kind of boom the wine industry experienced in the mid-1980s, as boutique-distilled bottles with names like Half Hitch, Opihr and Ransom Old Tom give the classic G&T a new—and flavorful—twist

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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.

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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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Grim Toll of Migrant Crisis Rises on Sea, Land

The latest deaths of migrants both on land and at sea are shedding light on the brutal tactics of the people-smuggling operations that stretch from across the Mediterranean to deep within Europe’s borders.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money.

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Central Bankers Rethink Views on Inflation

Central bankers aren’t sure they understand how inflation works anymore. Inflation didn’t fall as much as many expected during the financial crisis and it hasn’t bounced back as they predicted when the economy recovered and unemployment fell.

Foreign Man Arrested in Bangkok Blast Probe

Thai police said they arrested a foreign man whom they described as a suspect in this month’s deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine that is popular with Chinese tourists.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry about the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

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.

Thousands Protest Against Malaysia’s Najib Razak

Police said an estimated 25,000 people demonstrated in the capital, protesting management of the economy and debt problems at a state investment fund.

Tropical Storm Erika Weakens

Tropical storm Erika was losing its punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday, after killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

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.

Myanmar Buzz Fades for Many U.S. Investors

Disenchantment with the business climate, especially among American companies, comes as concerns are spreading about Myanmar’s political future.

A ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Universa Hedge Fund, a well-known ‘black swan’ fund, made more than $1 billion in profits in one week amid volatility.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

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 already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

Tesla Wants White House to Press China

Tesla Motors wants the Obama administration to talk to Xi Jinping about making it easier for auto makers to do business in China during the Chinese president’s visit to the U.S.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

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

Review

Essay

The Lessons of Out-of-Body Experiences

Powerful, unnerving hallucinations show there’s something malleable about the way our brains construct our sense of self.

Historically Speaking

A History of Star-Crossed Lovers

Lovers separated by cruel circumstance have played a role in history and literature for millennia. Amanda Foreman looks at Berenice and Titus, Abelard and Heloise and more

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

On Wine: Will Lyons

Why Gin Is Back With a Flourish

Gin is experiencing the kind of boom the wine industry experienced in the mid-1980s, as boutique-distilled bottles with names like Half Hitch, Opihr and Ransom Old Tom give the classic G&T a new—and flavorful—twist