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
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.
The sun produced a flurry of flares this week says NASA, unleashing over half a dozen in one day alone. Rough cut. (No reporter narration.)