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 

World stocks advance on strong data, earnings 4:42am EDT

LONDON - Global stocks climbed on Monday, with strong U.S. data and encouraging third-quarter earnings easing concerns about the pace of global economic recovery and raising appetite for riskier assets.

Protestor Jeff Hulbert of Annapolis, Maryland holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights" as he demonstrates 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 - U.S. 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 

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacts as he speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo October 20, 2014.REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan PM suffers setback as two ministers quit

TOKYO - Two Japanese cabinet ministers resigned, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since he took office in December 2012.  Full Article | Video