Hello, this is BBC World News. I’m Geeta Guru-Murthy with the headlines.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister says more than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border since Friday to escape advancing Islamic State militants. Many more are awaiting near the border.
The former British Prime Minister Tony Blaire says airstrikes can help contain Islamic State militants but ground troops might be needed if they are to be defeated.
Thousands of students in Hong Kong have begun a week-long strike against the Chinese government’s plans to vet candidates for the territory’s leadership election. They accuse Beijing of backing out of a commitment to more democracy.
And Pakistan has appointed a new head for its powerful intelligence agency, the ISI. The statement on the military’s twitter feed says Major General Rizwan Akhtar has been promoted to lead the agency. He’s a former paramilitary commander in Karachi.