**Heavy Fighting Reported Sunday in Kobani, Syria Airstrikes Target IS Oil Facilities**
Heavy fighting has been reported for yet another day in and around the Syrian city of Kobani along the Turkish border.
Dark plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the city Sunday as Kurdish fighters battled to defend the city from the continuing onslaught by Islamic State extremists.
U.S.-led coalition warplanes have been pounding targets in and around Kobani.
U.N. officials in the region have warned that as many as 12,000 Kurds, including hundreds of elderly people in the city's center, "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says IS extremists controlled 40 percent of the town by early Saturday.
The Turkish government has so far refused to join the battle, citing ties between Kobani's Kurdish defenders and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party. The PKK has waged a decades-long rebellion for self-rule in southeastern Turkey and has been designated a terrorist organization by Ankara and Washington.
* 'Severe' Cyclone Kills 3 in India **
A cyclone that India's Meteorological Department described as "very severe" has made landfall in the country's east, killing at least three people.
Cyclone Hudhud had winds of up to 195 kilometers per hour Sunday as its center came ashore at the port city of Visakhapatnam.
It knocked down power lines and hundreds of trees, and forced public transportation to be suspended.
Rescue workers were on call ahead of the storm's arrival and 370,000 people were evacuated from the densely populated areas it hit.
Visakhapatnam is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh and hosts a major Indian naval base.