Syria

Airstrikes hit two hospitals

Government shelling and airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo landed near a bread distribution center and two hospitals Wednesday, killing seven people and putting at least one of the medical facilities completely out of service, activists and medics said. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon described the conditions in rebel-held Aleppo as worse than a “slaughterhouse” at a Security Council meeting. Syria’s government is waging a major offensive in Aleppo and both Syria and Russia are carrying out airstrikes on the city. Doctors Without Borders, which supported both of the hospitals damaged, said a “brutal and relentless onslaught from air and land” has left eastern Aleppo with seven surgical doctors to treat a population of some 250,000.

china

32 missing after landslides

At least 32 people are missing after two landslides struck villages in southeastern China following a typhoon. A rescue operation is underway in Sucun village in China’s Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, after a Wednesday evening landslide. The state-run Xinhua News Agency reports that authorities have rescued 15 people in Sucun but say 26 more are missing. Another six people are missing in Baofeng village, also in Zhejiang, after a landslide destroyed their homes. The landslide was apparently triggered by Typhoon Megi, which lashed southeastern China on Wednesday with rain and heavy winds. The storm killed at least five people in China and Taiwan

Spain

5 jihadi suspects arrested

Police in Spain, Belgium and Germany on Wednesday arrested five people suspected of forming a cell that spread propaganda and sought to recruit militants for the Islamic State armed group, officials said. The Spanish Interior Ministry said the cell, made up of four Spaniards and one Moroccan, posed “a grave, concrete and continued threat to security in Europe.” A ministry statement said the five worked for the Islamic State group by spreading information on several internet sites.

Poland

Finance minister is fired

Poland’s conservative prime minister on Wednesday fired her finance minister and gave his duties to the country’s deputy prime minister as part of a government restructuring. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said the dismissal of Finance Minister Pawel Szalamacha was dictated by the need to speed up and consolidate economic reforms.

Compiled from wire reports