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Quartz Daily Brief—Asia edition—Turkey’s ISIL problem, Rocket’s IPO, the ECB rescue, beer drinking street cleaners

What to watch for today Will Turkey join the fight against ISIL? The country’s parliament will vote on whether or not it’ll augment the firepower currently being supplied by the US and its allies.

The speeches that defined Narendra Modi’s whirlwind US tour


Like any good politician, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi knows how to speak to his audience. He arrived in the US on Friday to much fanfare and even more expectation.

Hong Kong’s protests don’t impress mainland Chinese visitors


HONG KONG—Chinese tourists pouring into Hong Kong this week for a shopping holiday are getting an unexpected lesson in democracy from the city’s tens of thousands of protesters demanding free elections. So far, most of them are unimpressed.

The family trees of the five companies that make 50% of the world’s beer


Consolidation is once again in the air for the beer industry. ABInbev is rumored to be exploring an acquisition of SABMiller according to the Wall Street Journal (paywall).

The markets were clearly under the US dollar’s control last quarter


Long Shanghai. Short hogs. Looking through the rearview window, that would have been a great trade to make at the end of June.

India took a picture of Mars—and found a picture of India


Indians are swooning over the first images of Mars taken from their country’s Mars Orbiter Mission—and some are saying MOM captured not just the Red Planet, but also an image of India.

Why the world needs to put a better price on the rainforest


Convincing people not to chop down trees is hard, especially in poor countries, where the quick fix of clearing land for development and selling timber seems like a winning strategy.

Fancy an American diversity visa? The odds of scoring one are remarkably low


If you’re looking for inroads to become a US resident, this little-known fact may come as good news: The US State Department offers a diversity visa, which opened its 2016 application process today.

France’s “unprecedented” public spending cut is actually just a lower increase


The French government unveiled its 2015 budget (pdf, in French) with a stern warning that enough is enough.

Here is the full text of the Chinese Communist Party’s message to Hong Kong


Quartz has examined the harsh message that the Chinese government sent to protesters in Hong Kong in an editorial warning them of “unimaginable consequences.” Now we have translated the full text of that editorial.

Now we know exactly how much wellness is worth: $3.4 trillion


A growing middle class, evolving consumer attitudes about health and travel, and rising entrepreneurship are among the trends bolstering the global business of wellness, according to economists who’ve just quantified that business as a “mega-industry,” worth $3.4 trillion.

How Ebola turned into an epidemic, explained in 90 seconds


“It is not enough that 90% have access to some basic health service, every person has to have access to health service,” explains world renowned public health expert Hans Rosling.

There’s a good chance you’re reading this on a damaged mobile device


Your smartphone probably isn’t bent, but it very well may be damaged in other ways. Join the club. According to the 2014 ZAGG Device Damage Study (pdf download), 48% of smartphone users report that they are currently using a damaged device. Maybe we should stop dropping our phones.

35,000 walruses have mobbed the Alaskan coast—because there’s no sea ice left to rest on


It’s exhausting, being a walrus. Seals can swim indefinitely. Not walruses. After a day cruising Arctic water for food, they like to plant their tusks onto an ice floe, haul their blubbery selves up, and have a snooze.

Science proves that “Dutch courage” is a real thing


“Dutch courage,” liquid confidence—the value of alcohol as a social lubricant is widely acknowledged, and now science has confirmed its existence.

43—yes, 43—charts that explain how the global economy plodded forward last month


US GDP was a peppier than previously thought, rising at a 4.6% annualized rate in the second quarter Share Tap image to zoom  US new home sales surged 18% in August, hitting a six-year high… Share Tap image to zoom …which explains why the outlook among US homebuilders is brightening… Share Tap image to zoom …even though the much-larger market for existing homes fell 1.8% in August Share Tap image to zoom US car sales surged in August… …which juiced US personal spending Share Tap image to zoom Companies continued investing, at least in the second-quarter Share Tap image to zoom The US jobs report for August disappointed, with only 142,000 jobs created.

Forget Ebola. This is the viral epidemic that should really terrify Americans


The first patient to come down with the deadly Ebola virus has turned up in Dallas. On Sep. 19, the patient had traveled there from Liberia, which along with Guinea and Sierra Leone is one of three West African countries ravaged by the virus.

For a price, Manchester United is happy to fly out to play your kid’s soccer team


Today, in European soccer’s elite Champion’s League competition, the current champions Real Madrid will be in action.

Londoners could buy a whole house somewhere else for just what they pay in property tax


Not only is the surging London real estate market a boon for sellers and developers, it’s also giving the British government a huge tax windfall.

The US is keeping nuclear weapons around for “planetary defense”


Why is the US falling behind on its promises to destroy old nuclear weapons? Here’s one reason given to government auditors (pdf): Share Tap image to zoom That’s right, the US isn’t dismantling its old nuclear weapons, because we might need them to destroy an asteroid hurtling toward earth.


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