A policeman fires his weapon as he runs away with others from supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), during the Revolution March towards the prime minister's house in Islamabad September 1, 2014.REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Pakistani protesters push closer to PM house

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad in their bid to force his removal and closed down national television after clashes turned violent over the weekend.  Full Article 

Asian shares cautiously push higher 2:25am EDT

TOKYO - Asian shares edged higher on Monday, with investors wary of a deepening crisis in Ukraine and a downbeat China manufacturing survey, while the euro touched a fresh one-year low ahead of this week's European Central Bank meeting.

Pro-democracy lawmakers hold up a banner and placards to protest as Li Fei (not pictured), deputy general secretary of the National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee, speaks during a briefing session in Hong Kong September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Hong Kong police pepper spray protesters

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed a security check-point at a venue where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision not to grant the former British colony full democracy.  Full Article 

Pro-Russian separatists stand in front of destroyed trains at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'

MOSCOW/MARIUPOL Ukraine - Russian President Putin called for immediate talks on the 'statehood' of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence.  Full Article | Video 

Employees work inside a factory manufacturing automobiles in Shenyang, Liaoning province, November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Retreat in China's PMIs calls for policy easing

BEIJING - Growth in China's vast factory sector cooled in August as foreign and domestic demand slowed, two surveys showed, spurring new calls for more policy easing to prevent the economy from stumbling once more.  Full Article 

Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers react after breaking a siege by the Islamic State extremist group on Amerli August 31, 2014. REUTERS/ Stringer

Iraqi forces break two-month siege of Amerli

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said.  Full Article | Video 

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Explosions rock Damascus suburb

Syrian government soldiers advance on the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, where they killed several rebels engaged in heavy fighting, according to the Syrian army. Gavino Garay reports.