After finding dead migrants in the water, in ship holds and locked inside trucks, Europe is desperate for answers. “We need to show solidarity now,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as EU leaders called for a meeting to grapple with the thousands of refugees attempting to enter Europe via increasingly dangerous crossings that have killed about 2,500 this year. Germany is on track for such immigration to quadruple in 2015 to 800,000, and the September 14 meeting will likely focus on how to distribute the huddled masses among member states — and stem the deadly tide.
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Twenty bystanders died in the August 17 blast at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok, and police say they suspect as many as 10 people were involved. On Sunday they searched the Min Buri district of the city, confiscating explosive paraphernalia while seeking a young Thai woman and her roommate, who they say may have helped plan the attack. Police are likely trying to save face after criticism they’d subjected Muslim families to humiliating searches with media tagging along, and finding solid evidence could help regain the public’s trust.
He’s running out of time. As the vice president continues to hem and haw over an Oval Office bid in 2016, analysts say he’ll have a tough time navigating the Democratic Party’s electoral politics, given his strong ties to the banking establishment. Though Biden is an insider, he’d also be the underdog, going up against front-running Hillary Clinton while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ populist pitch is increasingly capturing the hearts of the party’s left wing. However Biden decides next month, it’s certain that loyal Democrats will be all ears.
They’ve stopped throwing good money after bad. After Chinese government injections of roughly $200 billion to bolster free-falling markets, they’ve nonetheless lost more than a third of their value since June. So they’ll stop buying low, officials say, and will invest in punishing those who destabilized the economy. Regulators detained 11 people suspected of “illegal market activities” last week — and some are starting to worry about President Xi Jinping’s ability to steward the economy, even as he prepares to flex China’s financial muscles in Washington in a few weeks.
ISIS blows up another ancient temple in Palmyra. (Al Jazeera)
Scott Walker discusses border wall between U.S., Canada. (The Guardian)
Calais ferry service labor blockade strands thousands. (DW)
UAE joins fight against Iran-backed factions in southern Yemen. (WSJ) sub
Miley Cyrus announces surprise album while hosting VMAs. (NYT)
Alaska’s indigenous people called it Denali since long before the 25th president was born, and for 40 years the state has tried to revert it to the previous name — which the surrounding park already bears. Now President Obama has approved the name change for North America’s tallest peak. Momentum for the new moniker accelerated after the Ohio Congressional delegation declined to issue its perennial objection to stripping their favorite son’s name from the peak. The move comes a day before Obama lands in Anchorage, where he’ll introduce other initiatives to strengthen ties with native Alaskans.
They’re trying to fix what was brokeraged. Younger generations are set to inherit about $36 trillion from their parents over the next five decades — but changing mores about investments might mean that the brokerages and money managers sustained by that old-money business are in trouble. As young folks scarred by watching the boom-and-bust maelstroms of 2001 and 2008 opt for more passive, risk-averse money management, active investors may find themselves trading on talents no longer valued in the industry.
What would it be like to go to Mars? Scientists are trying to find out by confining three men and three women — including a journalist and a pilot — to a 36-foot wide tent on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano for an entire year. They’ll have to get along with each other, wear space suits anytime they go outside and live on boring rations as they would if sent to the Red Planet. Researchers hope this will show humans can endure such conditions long enough to make such a mission possible.
For horror fans, he was a nightmare come true. The creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream passed away at 76 after a battle with brain cancer. Between iconic works of horror, Craven branched out to direct 1999’s Music of the Heart, which nabbed an Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep. He also wrote two well-received books. But it was his self-aware, often-funny approach to horror — along with launching the careers of stars like Johnny Depp — that will keep him alive in the memories of fans.
They didn’t break under pressure. Playing on the road against the Lewisberry, Pennsylvania squad, the Tokyo tweens kept hometown crowd of 42,000 fans in their seats. Both squads entered undefeated and Japan made a record-breaking comeback after the Americans stockpiled an eight-run lead in just one inning. The Kitasuna team’s 18-11 victory earned them their third championship, after wins in 2012 and 2001. Pennsylvania teams have four titles — but none since 1960 — and to add some, they’d need to get past contenders from Asia that have dominated for a generation.