Kurds, Islamic State Militants Continue Kobani Fighting
Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants continue to battle in the northern Syrian town of Kobani.
Plumes of smoke could be seen Tuesday from across the border in Turkey, as the two sides clashed again in the weeks-long fight that has drawn international support to help the Kurds hold off militant attempts to take the town.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said planes from the U.S.-led coalition also carried out fresh airstrikes in the area Tuesday targeting the Islamic State group.
On Monday, the U.S. dropped shipments of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq to the Kurds in Kobani.
Turkey also said it is helping Iraqi Kurds cross into Syria to help in the fighting there.
Hong Kong Protesters, Authorities Begin Talks
Hong Kong authorities are meeting with student protest leaders, but insist they will not make further electoral reforms before the territory's 2017 elections.
In her opening statement, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam asked the student leaders to disperse the three-week-old protests, calling them divisive and an impediment to constitutional dialogue.
Lam, Hong Kong's number two official, said the territory is not an independent country and cannot decide its own electoral structure.
But in an interview before the talks, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying hinted there is room for discussing the makeup of the committee that would screen the candidates.
Alex Chow with the Hong Kong Federation of Students said the protests will not be disbanded unless the government reverses the decision to screen candidates.