Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help, in interviews with CNN 2:19pm EDT

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed on Monday to the U.S government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews set up by the North Korean government.

An employee works at a machine manufacturing factory in Huaibei, Anhui province, September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Factory activity in Europe, Asia cools

BANGALORE/SYDNEY - Factory activity in Europe and Asia cooled in August after a strong July, as new orders dwindled in the face of escalating tensions in Ukraine and a patchy recovery in China, purchasing managers indexes showed.  Full Article 

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist greets supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in Miami, Florida in this file photo from August 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Gaston De Cardenas

Florida utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor'

MIAMI - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time.  Full Article 

Kurdish peshmerga forces celebrate as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Both sides guilty of atrocities in Iraq fight: U.N.

GENEVA - Islamist fighters have carried out atrocities on "an unimaginable scale" in months of fighting with Iraqi forces who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a U.N. official said in an emergency debate on the conflict.  Full Article | Video 

Jon Brooks of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 617 holds aloft a worker’s hardhat as participants take their seats for the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Reaching the American Dream - by yourself

The need for workers to have a larger voice in the workplace and in politics is clear. And workers are expressing the desire for more representation.  Commentary 

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 protests as democracy denied

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists as the Asian financial center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy.  Full Article | Video 

The wounds of Beslan

GRAPHIC IMAGES: On the 10th anniversary of a school siege in Russia's Beslan, that killed more than 330 people, mothers of victims renew call for an objective investigation. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.