Brazil Voting for President
Millions of Brazilians are going to the polls Sunday to vote in the presidential race that is expected to result in a runoff campaign and election later this month.
Analysts say President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking a second term, is seen as the top vote getter in Sunday's poll, but she is not likely to win the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff.
Ms. Rousseff has two main rivals. Marina Silva is a hero of the global conservation movement and is a ruling party defector now with the Brazilian Socialist Party. Social Democrat Aecio Neves is a senator and former state governor.
Critics say President Rousseff can count on support from Brazil's working class, thanks to generous social welfare programs initiated during the two terms of her hugely popular predecessor and political godfather, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Syrian Border Town under Constant Attack by Islamic State Militants
Kurdish officials say Islamic State forces shelled the Syrian border town of Kobani from three fronts Saturday.
The attacks are the latest attempts by militants to take the town, defended by Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes.
An estimated 160,000 people have fled across the border into Turkey to escape the fighting around Kobani; a conflict now said to be overshadowing Syria's wider civil war.
Kobani and its surrounding areas have been under attack since mid-September by Islamic State fighters trying to open a direct link between their positions in the Syrian province of Aleppo and their stronghold of Raqqa, to the east. The Islamic State group has captured dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.
In another development, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has apologized to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for comments suggesting Turkey had allowed Islamic fighters to pass through its border into Syria and helped arm militant groups.