Police remove their own steel barricades from much of central Hong Kong and open Queensway, the main thoroughfare through the downtown commercial area.
Islamic State forces are trying to oust the Kurdish defenders of Kobane, a Syrian town on the border with Turkey. News agencies have posted photographs showing the militants apparently raising their flag in the town, which Turkey had vowed to defend.
Islamic State forces reportedly have surrounded a Turkish exclave in Syria where the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire is entombed. Turkey's Parliament is expected Thursday to authorize the deployment of troops to confront IS forces.
The Pentagon said Arab allies assisted overnight strikes in Syria. Islamic State bases were the main target, but the US said it also struck at a separate al-Qaeda affiliate suspected of plotting terror attacks on Western targets.
Some 800 Australian police conducted raids in Sydney and Brisbane to foil an alleged plot to abduct and publicly behead citizens there. Those charged are allegedly linked to the extremist group Islamic State.
Midwesterner Douglas McCain was killed over the weekend. His radicalization fits a pattern of foreigners who fight for militant groups.
The Islamic State member who was shown beheading US journalist James Foley in a video spoke with a British accent. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012.
The US is developing a plan to rescue members of the Yazidi minority group amid increasing calls from the Kurdish government and Yazidi leaders for the US to respond more forcefully against Islamic State militants.
An Israeli promise to refrain from shelling most of Gaza today to allow for humanitarian aid was met by reports of airstrikes, setting off recriminations.
But intermittent fire punctured the lull in fighting and neither Israel nor Hamas have indicated a willingness to discuss a lasting cease-fire.
A new offensive is under way in the separatist region of Donetsk. The MH17 crash scene, meanwhile, has become chaotic, with international investigators finding access limited or blocked outright by rebels.
Israel said it shot down a drone near Ashdod with a Patriot missile. Hamas has continued its menacing but ineffective rocket barrage into southern Israel as foreign nationals in Gaza flee.
Israeli airstrikes killed seven Hamas members and two civilians. In Israel, three of six suspects in the killing of Palestinian teen Muhammed Abu Khudeir reportedly confessed.
Ongoing fighting in Tikrit appears not to have dislodged Sunni Islamic rebels, including fighters from a militant group whose leader has declared himself the caliph of a splinter state.