Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 18, 2014.   REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

U.S. military air-drops arms for Kurdish fighters

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani, the Pentagon's first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels.  Full Article 

Japan stocks see biggest gain this year, lead sharp Asia rebound 1:58am EDT

TOKYO - Japanese stocks led a rally in Asia on Monday, after solid U.S. data and earnings calmed tumult in global financial markets and reassured investors worried about the health of the world economy.

Visitors walk past protestor Jeff Hulbert of Annapolis, Maryland as he holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights!  'while demonstrating in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in Washington October 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Ebola czar seeks to reverse mistakes

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON - Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost.  Full Article 

A pro-democracy protester sleeps over a barricade at the Mongkok shopping district of Hong Kong October 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Hong Kong crisis deepens, talks on Tuesday

HONG KONG - A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong on Monday as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police.  Full Article 

Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo during a speech after being inaugurated at the House of Representative building in Jakarta October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Reform-minded outsider takes over as president

JAKARTA - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and skeptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman.  Video | Full Article 

Fighters of Islamic State stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014. REUTERS

Under assault, Islamic State may shift tactics

As long as the militants fight on Washington’s terms, they will lose. But the group is already changing up its methods, which should deeply worry the rest of the world.  Commentary 

Church should not fear change, pope says at close of Bishop's gathering

Pope Francis closes an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Mana Rabiee reports.