**40 Missing, Presumed Dead After Nepal Blizzard**
At least 40 people remain missing, and presumed dead, after a deadly, unexpected blizzard struck a popular Himalayan trekking route last week.
Nepalese search teams, travelling by helicopter, continue to scan high-altitude areas in what is gradually turning from a rescue to a recovery operation.
At least 39 hikers are confirmed dead, among them Canadians, Indians, Israelis, Slovaks and Poles, but mostly Nepalese porters.
Army officials say they hope that improved weather conditions will help speed things up.
Many of the hikers were on Nepal’s popular Annapurna trail where the storm produced avalanches. This is the peak hiking season.
Nepal's government says it failed to issue any warning that the tail end of a cyclone that battered India could bring extreme weather to Nepal, and it has promised to set up an early-warning system.
The incident was the second major mountain disaster in Nepal this year after an avalanche in April above base camp on Mount Everest killed 16 guides.
**尼泊尔雪崩 至少40人失踪 估计已丧生**
* Turkey's Erdogan Says No to Arming Kurds in Fight for Kobani **
Turkey says it will not arm or agree to arms transfers to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants for control of Kobani, the Syrian town just across the Turkish border.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday called the embattled Kurdish forces "equal" to the Kurdistan Workers Party, which has waged a 30-year armed campaign for self-rule in Turkey. Turkey and the U.S. consider the Kurdistan Workers Party a terrorist group.
Mr. Erdogan said "it would be very, very wrong to expect" the Turkish government "to openly say 'yes' to our NATO ally America giving this kind of support. To expect something like this from us is impossible."
He made the comment days after the United States said (Thursday) it held its first direct talks with the Syrian Kurdish political party the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which is tied to the Kurdish fighters in Kobani. A State Department spokesperson stressed that one meeting does not represent coordination in the fight against Islamic State.
Late Saturday, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Mr. Erdogan about the situation in Kobani and steps that can be taken to stop Islamic State militants. The White House says Mr. Obama expressed appreciation for Turkey hosting more than one million refugees -- including thousands who fled Kobani.
Fierce fighting for Kobani continues, with U.S. officials reporting that coalition jets launched eight airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, six of them in Kobani.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, with sources inside Syria, reported that the Islamic State fighters sustained heavy losses from Saturday into early Sunday, with 31 jihadists killed. Seven Kurdish fighters were also killed.
Sunday morning saw a brief lull in the militants' shelling of the city, but VOA correspondent Scott Bobb, reporting from the Turkish side of the border, says that by early afternoon mortar and artillery fire was picking up, with some shells landing in the western part of Kobani and some near the border crossing with Turkey.
Kurdish sources told Bobb the situation in Kobani has improved somewhat, adding that they have been able to regain control of some surrounding villages.
Islamic State militants have been battling Kurdish fighters for a month for control of the city.