A look at what victory or defeat would mean for the self-styled Islamic State – and for US objectives in its expanding war in Syria and Iraq.
Turkey says it's unrealistic for it to launch unilateral ground attacks against IS. The US, which is leading an air campaign in Syria, is trying to check the advance of militants against Kurdish forces.
You get the opposite impression from much of the discussion in the US, though.
The battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane has pitted Turkey against its NATO allies, which want to see a more robust response to Islamic State's offensive. US-led airstrikes appear to be checking the militants' advance into the town.
If the Syrian border town of Kobane falls, IS will control a long stretch of the Syria-Turkey border, threatening the security of the Kurdish-majority area. US-led airstrikes haven't stopped the advance.
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.
Ahead of a Hong Kong government deadline to clear occupied streets, some pro-democracy protesters began moving away from government offices Sunday evening while others refused to budge.
Hundreds of pro-Beijing supporters in Hong Kong sparred Friday with the pro-democracy protesters after a midnight deadline came and went for Hong Kong’s top official to meet the protesters’ demand that he step down.
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 Taliban attacked two Afghan Army buses in the capital today, killing at least seven. On Tuesday, the US and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed to allow US and NATO forces to remain in the country beyond 2014.
Berlin's reluctance to act militarily on moral grounds is well known. But over the past week, a series of investigations and the release of a confidential government report have shown that the German military is in a sorry state.
The pact, along with a similar deal between NATO and Afghanistan, will allow Western troops to stay in Afghanistan past the end of this year. It also means that foreign aid can resume flowing into Afghanistan – a critical need for the country.
Melbourne raids follow a heightened terror alert earlier in September and the tabling of new security laws in Australia's parliament.
Hong Kong riot police withdrew on Monday, but many roads remain blocked as democracy protesters refuse to go home. Beijing calls the protest movement an 'illegal activity' and warned foreign countries not to interfere.
European ISIS fighters: The EU Anti-Terrorism Chief Gilles de Kerchove says ISIS has more than 3,000 European fighters. Really? The FBI just scaled back its estimate from 100 Americans fighting with the Islamic State to just 12.
Efforts to expand the anti-Islamic State coalition include the debate in Britain's Parliament, deliberations in Denmark and Belgium, and US overtures to Turkey. US and French jets struck IS oil targets overnight in Syria.
Further airstrikes overnight were reported in northern Syria. President Obama will chair a UN Security Council meeting Wednesday to propose new resolution to curb foreign volunteers aiding Islamic State.
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.
A powersharing deal inked by rival candidates paves the way for former finance minister Ashraf Ghani to succeed President Hamid Karzai. The runner-up in the disputed election will remain a powerful player.