KIEV - Ukraine plans to seek NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine's eastern provinces. Full Article | Slideshow
NEW YORK - U.S. stocks opened with modest gains on Friday, putting major indexes on track for their fourth straight week of gains, though trading was light going into the Labor Day holiday.
GENEVA - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said. Full Article
GENEVA/LAGOS - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. Full Article
BOSTON - An influential financial services industry group that shares information about cyber threats has said it is unaware of any "significant" cyber attacks, downplaying concerns about possible breaches at JPMorgan Chase and other banks. Full Article