Hong Kong Election Decision Prompts Protests

China's government ruled that candidates for Hong Kong's top leadership post must be approved by a committee heavily loyal to Beijing, drawing ire from pro-democracy voices in Hong Kong, who have threatened a mass civil-disobedience campaign.

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Birth right

A QUARTER of a century ago, The World in 1988 light-heartedly ranked 50 countries according to where would be the best place to be born. Then, America came top (see chart on left). Now the Economist Intelligence Unit has more earnestly calculated where would be best to be born in 2013. Its quality-of-life index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys—how happy people say they are—to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries. Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts—things like crime and trust in public institutions matter too. In all, the index takes 11 indicators into account. Some are fixed, such as geography; others change only very slowly over time (demography, social and cultural characteristics). See full article .

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Ukraine Shifts to Defense Against Russian Incursion

@Gary RUShnikoff   @Michael Woodson  Putin claims Ukraine is in the family; well, he's beating his family as we speak. He's ordering his fellow Church members killed in Ukraine as we speak. He's gone past the point of no return in the eyes of the God of Russian Orthodoxy, ordering baptized Christians in the brotherhood of Christ, who have taken communion, to be killed. It is as if he stabbed them personally, then walked into a cathedral. Even if you were not confabulating the Greek Catholic assertion, it seems you imply that killing Greek Catholics for real estate is alright, a fascist assumption. See, Putin does not separate Church and State, so he imposes the Orthodox faith as a political statement: but you can't have it both ways -- Putin is either truly an Orthodox Christian leader, or he is not. How can a Russian Orthodox Christian leader order assassinations and warfare against fellow Christians, whether or not there is ecclesiastic agreement between the hierarchies?

Putin calls for negotiations on statehood for southeast Ukraine - FT.com

Putin call for ‘statehood’ talks on southeast Ukraine raises fears

fast-food worker strike

U.S. census data show that the face of the fast-food worker has changed dramatically over the years. Workers over the age of 20 now make up 70% of the workforce and nearly 40% have children. A third of them have spent some time in college.

Japanese 'Batman' Gets Ready to Ride

A 41-year-old man who goes by the pseudonym of "Chibatman" puts on makeup as he dresses up before hitting the road in his three-wheeler in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. Yuya Shino/Reuters

3 things about the biggest IPO in a long time

Chinese tech giant Alibaba is gearing up for a market debut that could set new records. Now that it's just around the corner, here are three things you need to know before the big splash:

Draghi Looks Ahead to a Turbulent Time

What was Mario Draghi up to? Even 10 days after the European Central Bank chief's speech at the annual central bankers' jamboree at Jackson Hole, nobody is quite sure—not the markets, nor policy makers in Berlin, Brussels, Paris, nor even many of his colleagues.

Germany Imposes Nationwide Ban on Uber's Cab-Hailing Service

FRANKFURT—A regional court in Germany has imposed a nationwide ban on one of Uber Technologies Inc.'s car-hailing services, posing a serious challenge to the company's ambitious expansion plans in Europe's largest economy.

Don't wait! Trade in your old iPhone now

This year, Gazelle is allowing customers to lock in a guaranteed price for their older iPhone now and send it to Gazelle later, after buying the new version. So don't worry, you won't have to be left without a smartphone while waiting for the iPhone 6.

U.S. Forces Conducted Operation in Somalia, Pentagon Says

U.S. military forces conducted an operation in Somalia on Monday against the al-Shabaab militant group, the Pentagon said.

Scots Independence Gains Support as Clock Ticks on U.K.

Little more than two weeks before the Sept. 18 ballot on independence from the U.K., the No vote dropped to 48 percent from 51 percent in the last survey two weeks ago, the YouGov poll for today’s Times and Sun newspapers showed. That compared with 42 percent who said they’ll vote Yes, up two percentage points. Ten percent said they’ve yet to make up their mind.

Tale of British Jihadists Shows Risks for West

LONDON—Last year, two British friends traveled to Syria after cultivating a secret online friendship with two Europeans who were recruiting people to leave their Western lives and join them in jihad.

The cult of Xiaomi seeks world domination

The privately-owned company is known in China for its cheap phones and skillful marketing. The devices -- which some critics deride as Apple knockoffs -- typically cost around $130, little more than the parts and labor. Xiaomi makes money on all the extras.

Merkel’s Generosity Tested by Surge in German Refugees

Khan’s journey is in many ways typical of other immigrants who, finding the front door to Europe closed, make their way through the back. His smugglers first took him into Pakistan, then through Iran into Turkey. His passage into Europe came where Greece and Turkey meet at the fast-flowing Evros River. There his smugglers packed him and 14 other people into a small boat, pointed toward the other side and told them to cross. The refugees struggled to steer; the boat began to fill with water. Another boy jumped in to push. After some hesitation, Khan joined him.

A Mile Below Paris Drillers Hit Hot Pools to Warm Houses

In the midst of a suburban sprawl halfway between the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s busy Orly airport, a drilling crew works night and day burrowing deep into the Earth’s crust in search of underground heat.

Indonesia’s Economy Remains Fragile

Indonesia squeezed out a narrow trade surplus in July but the Southeast Asian nation’s economy remains fragile and exposed to sudden shifts in capital flows.

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Perfect FT Weekend

Submit your Perfect FT weekend in 100 words or less and gather votes through social media. The ten entries with the highest number of votes will go up in front of our judges. We’ll pick one winner and create their weekend up to the value of £10,000 (or local equivalent).

HP recalls 6 million computer cords for fire risk

HP is warning customers: Check your laptop charging cord to see if it's at risk of overheating.

Premarkets: 4 things to know before the open

Here are the four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:

Strange town

KENTISH TOWN ROAD is a humdrum high street in north London. It contains pawnbrokers, pound shops, hairdressers and some long-in-the-tooth hardware stores. Unlike Camden Town to the south, full of bars and tattoo parlours, or Hampstead to the west, with its bistros and boutique clothing shops, little seems to have changed on the street for the past three decades. “It’s never quite got going,” admits Gary McLaren, a local bookseller. Yet the lack of change is odd—and hints at some of the strangeness of London.

Sweden’s PM preaches to the faithful - FT World - World & Global Economy Video - FT.com

Sweden’s PM preaches to the faithful Sep 2, 2014 : The FT’s Richard Milne travels to the Swedish church that all party leaders are visiting before elections on September 14 to hear what Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Nordic country’s prime minister, has to say.

The Resort So Remote You Need a Paraglider to Get There: Video

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) –- If you are searching for an extremely isolated destination for your next vacation, Zighy Bay is the place. Nestled in a remote peninsula in northern Oman, the best way into this resort is by paraglider. (Source: Bloomberg)

How Close Are We to a Vaccine for Ebola?: Video

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg Intelligence’s Sam Fazeli discusses the latest on the ebola virus outbreak in West Africa as U.S. scientists begin enrolling patients in safety trials for GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental vaccine. He speaks to Anna Edwards and Mark Barton on “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg)

How Will NATO, Obama’s Visit Impact the Ukraine Crisis?: Video

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols reports on how NATO’s expanding involvement in Ukraine may change the ongoing crisis and President Barack Obama’s visit to the region. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Nasdaq’s return could mark ‘one of the greatest retracements’ ever

The S&P 500 is there right now. The Dow industrials were there just last week. And the Russell 2,000 was there back in July. Yes, it’s been a strangely sleepy summer of new highs for almost all the major U.S. indexes.

Apple Probes Report iCloud Was Hacked: Video

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Anna Edwards reports on the latest company news making headlines on “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg)

The Man Behind Iliad: From Porn to Mobile Phones: Video

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Tom Metcalf reports on Xavier Niel, France’s eighth richest man. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Apple Sends Invites to a Sept. 9 Event

There was no mention of whether the video of the presentation would be streamed live. In the past, Apple has allowed people to watch the keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference — itself a product showcase in front of thousands of employees and fans. But Apple has kept a tighter lid on the September events. Like last year, the event is taking place in Cupertino, Calif. — though at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, and not at Apple’s headquarters nearby. Apple has also held events in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.

Can Fracking Save Airports Facing Fewer Flights?: Video

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ECB May Reveal More About ABS Plan, Barclays Says: Video

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Philippe Gudin, chief European economist at Barclays Plc, discusses the outlook for this week's European Central Bank policy meeting. He talks from Paris with Anna Edwards and Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television's "Countdown." (Source: Bloomberg)

The Spy Plane of the Future Is... a Blimp?: Video

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) –- One company hopes to take blimps to new heights. Southwest Research Institute has developed the HiSentinel 80, an unmanned airship that can potentially stay aloft for 30 days and has a propeller that can be controlled from the ground. Potential future uses include military and scientific missions. Video by: Ryo Ikagami, Summer Delaney (Source: Bloomberg)

How Will the Gaza Conflict Impact Israel’s Economy?: Video

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Elliott Gotkine reports on how Israel’s 50-day conflict with the Gaza Strip has impacted the Israeli economy. He speaks to Anna Edwards and Mark Barton on “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Your genocide or mine?

"With its strong historic and religious ties to Russia" there is not strong historic tie with Russia, we never lived with Russians like we did with Serbs, Bulgarians or even our "great enemy" the Turks. We just have a common religion, and Russia used us and the common religion as an excuse to intervene against the Ottoman empire. Unfortunately Greek nationalists took Russian propaganda to heart and believe that the Russians would actually care if an enemy attacked us (hint: it wouldn't). Other than nationalists Russia is loved a lot in Greece by leftists, who still think as America of the capitalist evil and Russia as the communist/socialist people's power. And yes they refuse to acknowledge Putin's authoritarian ways, his homophobia, his nationalism, basically everything that makes him Russian Hitler, just because they prefer to keep on dreaming of Russia as the bastion of "leftism" in the world. Mind you I never understood if all those leftists love Russia so much, why don't any of them emigrate there.

NATO to Send Troops to Eastern Europe: Video

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols reports on NATO preparing a rapid reaction strike force that could be deployed to Eastern Europe at a moments notice in response to Russia’s behavior to Ukraine. He speaks to Anna Edwards and Mark Barton on “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg)

‘Full House’ Reboot Reportedly in the Works

“Full House” originally ran for eight seasons from 1987 – 1995 on ABC and is now a fixture on Nick at Nite. Lately, there’s been some revived interest in the family sitcom, starting in July 2013, when Jimmy Fallon reunited Stamos’ fictional band from the show, Jesse and the Rippers, for a performance. This past January, Stamos, Saget and Coulier reunited for a Super Bowl commercial; Coulier made headlines earlier this summer, when most of the cast attended his wedding and posted photos on social media .

Red-Light District Dims as Zurich Bankers Curb Spending

Zurich’s red-light district is dimming. Bankers who have been core patrons of the city’s sex industry and cabarets are curbing spending.

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Secrets to success from Smalltown USA

DeBoom started Skirt Sports in 2005 with just two styles of skirts that she designed. The first year, she brought in $325,000 in sales. Since then, Skirt Sports has sold over $22 million worth of products; they now offer a full range of women's clothing, including sports bras, dresses and jackets.

These Designers Are Betting Men and Women Will Buy the Exact Same Outfits

The difference between women's wear and menswear is almost meaningless, so long as you're a woman: boyfriend jeans, slouchy button downs, and loafers are all fair game. The reverse isn’t quite so easy. Try to put a man -- even a famous pop star -- into harem pants and you’re going to get some push-back.

U.S. runs out of investor visas as Chinese overwhelm program

The United States has exhausted its annual supply of EB-5 immigrant investor visas for the first time in the program's history following a surge of applications from Chinese nationals.

The College Football Grid of Shame

This Power 5 breakaway is going to gut the glory of college football as it is today because it is going to disenfranchise 60% of the population. Maybe every fan of the SEC thinks that everyone in the world froths at the mouth to watch SEC football but is simply is not true, and now that many of the successful mid-major teams will not be allowed to play the elite teams, their fans are not going to start cheering for different teams, and this Power 5 breakaway is going to pop. The interest in college football is there now because so many are involved at schools across the country, when the P5 break away, the number of fans will drop because more than half the Division 1 schools are no longer involved. Who wants to see a championship with a stacked deck and with only 60 teams from probably 35 states included, and the others have no shot because they are not members of the country club?

Want a great 401(k)? Go work for an oil company

Looking for a job with great retirement benefits? Consider working on an oil rig, studying law or signing up for flight school.

WeedHire: The job search app for the legal pot biz

WeedHire is a new app that connects pot labs, dispensaries and even government regulators to potential employees. The Android app debuted this week, and the startup says an iPhone app is now under review by Apple (AAPL, Tech30) .

Burger King Defends Plan to Buy Tim Hortons

Burger King Worldwide Inc. executives defended their planned acquisition of Tim Hortons Inc., saying that global expansion ambitions rather than tax considerations are behind its deal for the Canadian-coffee-and-doughnut chain. Miami-based Burger King confirmed on Tuesday plans to buy Tim Hortons for about $11 billion, creating a new fast-food giant that will be based in Canada. The relocation of such a high-profile American brand...

Grandmother Slays Leopard With Sickle in 30-Minute Battle

Kamla Negi, a 56-year-old rice farmer and grandmother from a small village in northern India, fought a battle to the death with a wild leopard—and won.

BMW’s $135,700 I8 Wraps Sports-Car Power in Sci-Fi Looks

The i8 isn’t practical at all. It’s a cool-looking sports car. It does have two rear seats, but they are tiny and cramped. Not that you can’t pack people into it -- I got my wife, my mother-in-law and a toddler car seat inside for a jaunt to the Bronx Zoo. (The BMW proved a bigger attraction than the Asian elephants.)

Doggie Data: Pooches Are Most Active in Portland and Laziest in Houston

Which cities have the fittest and laziest dogs, and which breeds are buffest? Two doggie activity monitoring companies shared some new data with The Wall Street Journal for clues.

51 Your $600 iThings Reduced to Junk in Hopeless Hunt for Juice at the Airport
52 Hollywood's Big-Money YouTube Hit Factory
53 Pakistani Protests Turn Deadly
54 Why I Just Can't Become Chinese
55 Young People Have Fewer Jobs Than a Generation Ago
56 The Small-Money Miracle That’s Saving Spanish Soccer
57 In the Metal: The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue
58 Scientists Experiment With Reworking Memory in Mice
59 Small U.S. Cities Prove To Be A Big Draw For Foreign Students
60 Inside a $60,000 vacation of a lifetime
61 DraftKings - NFL $100K Play-Action [$10,000 to 1st]
62 Extreme Moneyball: The Houston Astros Go All In on Data Analysis
63 Pumpkin Craze Transforms Lattes, Vodka Into Comfort Food
64 A Look at Income Inequality, Hour by Hour
65 Studies Show Link Between Long-Term Joblessness and Depression
66 How to fix wealth inequality
67 Why Have Economists Been Wrong About Falling Unemployment Rates?
68 Wild for Whisky: Single-Malt Scotch Demand Soaring: Video
69 Chinese Billionaires to Take on E-Commerce Giant Alibaba
70 Mexico Luring Indian Explorers May Aid Modi’s Energy Hunt
71 Swatch Switches Gears on Smartwatches as Apple Looms
72 The Daily Wall St. Cheat Sheet
73 6 Alternatives to Traditional Retirement - US News
74 Korea's Automakers Are Moving Away From Korea
75 Five of the World's Most Unusual McDonald's Restaurants: Video
76 Man Hospitalized in Sweden With Suspected Case of Ebola Virus
77 Struggling Angry Birds maker dumping CEO
78 Here's a Hacker Attack That Will Make You Grind Your Teeth
79 A Tale of Two Metros: Detroit and Minneapolis
80 Silver lining
81 Tell Me the One About Ebola: How Jokes Spread Awareness
82 7 reasons women will lead the new world order
83 Goldman New Madrid Landlord as Investors Return to Spain
84 5 Things to Read This Weekend
85 Islamic State's Risky Business
86 Which Chinese Cities Are Most Congested?
87 Ikea's Big Bet on Stores Without Parking Lots: Video
88 Comet Harpoons and Cosmic Sunsets: This Summer in Outer Space
89 The heritage village in Mumbai under threat from big developers - FT.com
90 Kia Will Spend More Than $1 Billion on Mexico Auto Plant
91 Indian Teen's Secret Girlfriend Stays Hidden With Hike App
92 End of 35-hour work week in France?
93 FT Weekend Interview Series - Yuval Harari
94 What to Wear to the Office This Fall
95 Cybersecurity: How safe are you?
96 Tim Hortons Will Compete With Dunkin’ For World Doughnut Domination
97 Lunch with the FT: John Lanchester - FT.com
98 5 Retirement Planning Must-Haves - US News
99 Get ready for the smartwatch war
100 Will Flight Sharing Take to the Air?: Video