A Ukrainian military helicopter flies above a military base in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, September 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression'

KIEV/MOSCOW - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists.  Full Article 

Factory activity in Europe, Asia cools; demand lull a concern 7:57am EDT

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.

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 

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

China slowdown ripples through region

SYDNEY - Growth in China's vast factory sector slackened in August as foreign and domestic demand slowed, stoking speculation that further policy easing would be needed to prevent the economy from stumbling once more.  Full Article 

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 

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