LIndsey Vonn of the US competes during the women's super-G at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Feb. 8. Challenged by a head injury during training in Austria last week, Ms. Vonn finished 7th. Alessandro Trovati/AP
Julia Mancuso of the US competes on her way to clinch the silver medal in the women's super-G on Feb. 8. Alessandro Trovati/AP
Austria's Elisabeth Goergl speeds down the course on her way to win the women's super-G on Feb. 8. Alessandro Trovati/AP
Elisabeth Goergl (c.), winner of the women's super-G race, celebrates on the podium with silver medalist Julia Mancuso (l.) and bronze medal winner Maria Riesch of Germany on Feb. 8. Matthias Schrader/AP
Silver medal winner Julia Mancuso poses with her super-G silver medal during the medal ceremony on Feb. 8. Matthias Schrader/AP
Croatia's Ivica Kostelic speeds down the course during the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Michael Probst/AP
Austria's Hannes Reichelt looks at the score board after crossing the finish line during the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Matthias Schrader/AP
Italy's Christof Innerhofer races in the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Michael Probst/AP
Winner Christof Innerhofer (c.) celebrates on the podium with second-placed Hannes Reichelt (l.) and third-placed Ivica Kostelic after the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Kerstin Joensson/AP
Hannes Reichelt celebrates during the flower ceremony after the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Matthias Schrader/AP
Islamic State militants are besieging the Syrian town of Kobane, leading tens of thousands of Kurds to flee into Turkey. Kurdish leaders accuse Turkey of supporting IS in order to curb Kurdish self-rule in Syria.
ByAlexander Christie-Miller, Correspondent
An 18-month-old ceasefire between Kurdish rebels and Turkey is increasingly imperiled by the crisis in the besieged town of Kobane in Syria, as well as by the Turkish government’s growing authoritarian streak.