Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held

EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights/MANILA (Reuters) – Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from the Philippines escaped after resisting capture. … read more – click title

France’s Moscovici set for EU economy role, under supervision

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has a “good chance” of being named to the European Commission’s top economic and monetary job, a French diplomatic source said on Monday, as attention turned to the line-up of the next EU executive. … read more – click title

Islamists in Iraq driving large-scale atrocities: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – 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 on Monday. … read more – click title

Iran clerics ‘must accept internet’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges Iran’s clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies after recent criticism from hardliners. Link to article: … read more – click title

Ukraine accuses Russia of "undisguised aggression" as rebels advance

KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of “direct and undisguised aggression” which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev’s forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. … read more – click title

Factory activity in Europe, Asia cools; demand lull a concern

BANGALORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – 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. … read more – click title

Ukraine troops abandon key airport

Ukrainian troops abandon Luhansk airport after clashes with pro-Russian rebels, ahead of negotiations on the crisis. Link to article: … read more – click title

Drone Developers Consider Obstacles That Cannot Be Flown Around

With the recent demonstration of a drone-based delivery system by Google, the tech industry’s enthusiasm for the devices seems undimmed — but some issues will be difficult to solve. Link to article: … read more – click title